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Founder Trustee, SASF

Date & Time

Fri, 22 May 2020



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
South Asia is an integer despite the political and security issues that create divergent narratives concerning the region. But there are numerous historical, cultural, ethnic and linguistic ties that link people across the region.
Veteran Indian diplomat, Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao and Pakistani  singer/writer Ali Sethi engaged in a BIC Streams conversation on the meaning of South Asian identity today. Is there a logic that makes for greater South Asian integration? This is now being put out as a podcast.
In collaboration with The South Asian Symphony Foundation.
About the Foundation:
The South Asian Symphony Foundation works toward building peace and mutual understanding in South Asia through the medium of music and the creation of the unifying platform of a South Asian symphony orchestra .


Nirupama Menon Rao

Founder Trustee, SASF

Nirupama Menon Rao was Foreign Secretary of India (2009-2011) She was Ambassador of India to China (2006-2009) and Ambassador of India  to the United States from 2011 to 2013. Ambassador Rao is a Founder-Trustee with her husband, Sudhakar, of The South Asian Symphony Foundation (www.symphonyofsouthasia.org) – a not-for-profit Trust which is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding in South Asia through the creation of a South Asian Symphony Orchestra

Ali Sethi


Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali Sethi apprenticed under classical singers Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, a doyen of Delhi Gharānā, and Farida Khanum. After majoring in South Asian Studies from Harvard University, he published a semi-autobiographical novel, The Wish Maker, about politics and family in Pakistan. Ali is known to audiences in India because of his performances through Coke Studio.