In conjunction with the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble are in residence at the Getty to create pop-up musical performances inspired by the art and replica caves on view.

In this video filmed inside replica Cave 285, Sandeep Das discusses the links between Hindu deities and music and demonstrates traditional beats for the tabla (Indian hand drums), showing how his instrument can speak “as if it has a tongue.”

Look for more videos coming soon featuring other artists from the Ensemble, playing music inspired by the caves.

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SANDEEP DAS:  The first thing that attracted my eyes once I walked into this cave was this image of Ganesha sitting with his father Shiva, and the image on the other side of Vishnu. According to Hindu religion or the Hindu myth, each god or goddess, it doesn’t matter, you know, if he or she is...

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