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An Indian Oasis

Call it the NCPA of Dubai — the Malhaar Centre for Performing Arts is making Indian classical art forms irresistible for expats in UAE

"It’s never too late to pursue what one wants to do in life. 2017 ended on a fantastic note. I did something I always wanted to do — I began learning music,” Jogiraj Sikidar of Malhaar Centre for Performing Arts describes an email sent by Reckitt Benckiser CEO Rakesh Kapoor on January 1, 2018 to his 45,000 employees. The encouraging missive only reflected the 59-year-old executive’s joy on having reignited his passion for music when on a 10-day holiday to Dubai. And today he flies from London to West Asia every week to attend his music class. A feat that was made possible thanks to Sikidar’s UAE-based centre.