Ragas, Reels and Rumba

Performance by Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

"Canada is a real meeting place of musical influences from around the world", says violinist Chris McKhool. In this special concert Sultans of String meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization. Together with students, they explore Indian Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm), as well as Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic and Gypsy-jazz. Originally from Pakistan, Anwar now makes Canada his home, and his sitar playing has been featured in Oscar-winnng films Life of Pi and The Love Guru.

Music has the ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world; creating a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us, helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace.

Watch this enticing clip about the band with Anwar Khurshid. It features an Irish fiddle tune which found its way to India. Imagine the surprise when Anwar and Chris discovered that they knew this tune in common, with different names! See the official video clips for Enter the Gate (a fun clip filmed around Toronto as they played in their van), and for Blowin’ in the Wind (where they fly a peace kite into the sky over the boardwalk of Beaches Park in Toronto).

(All performances include a FREE CD.)

Curriculum Themes


  • Celebrating diversity through music
  • Fusion of musical styles
  • Responding in French to questions about the performance they have experienced

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Booking Details

School Fee:
$720.00 + HST
English – French – Bilingual
Limited year-round
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More About This Artist



Two-time JUNO Award Nominees and Canadian Folk Music Awards Winners, Sultans of String have been called “the very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules”. They have played on BBC TV, Irish National Radio and SiriusXM in Washington. From CBC’s Canada Live, to the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, to Roy Thompson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, they’ve done it all!

Individually, they’ve performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Jesse Cook, Pavlo, The Chieftains and Chantal Kreviazuk. Together, they combine Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic, Cuban rhythms and Gypsy-jazz. Last year, they entertained a sold-out audience at Koerner Hall, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.