Ehsan Matoori, an Iranian santoor player and composer based in CA, started partnering with Rajib Karamkar, an accomplished sitar player from India based in CA, to create a project that celebrates the shared musical heritage of Iran and India while drawing inspiration from the symbolic Chahar Bagh concept.

What is Chahar Bagh: The term “Chahar Bagh” (also spelled as Chaharbagh or Charbagh) originates from Persian and translates to “Four Gardens” or “Fourfold Garden.” It refers to a specific type of garden design characterized by a quadrilateral layout divided into four parts or sections. The Chahar Bagh design has a long history and is commonly associated with Persian and Mughal gardens. It represents a highly structured and balanced approach to garden design, emphasizing balance and harmony. The concept of Chahar Bagh was introduced in Persia during the Achaemenid Empire (6th to 4th centuries BCE) and later influenced garden design in various parts of the world, including India.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Chahar Bagh gardens often hold symbolic and spiritual significance. These gardens are also known for integrating water features, including fountains, pools, and irrigation systems, contributing to their tranquil and soothing ambiance. In our project, Chahar Bagh represents four divisions representing different elements or concepts: the Garden of Creation, Garden of Youth, Garden of Midlife, and Garden of Death.

Chahar Bagh