Marianne Svašek studied dhrupad, Indian classical singing, at Codarts, the Rotterdam Conservatory, with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Uday Bhawalkar. She also studied sarangi, a string instrument with 3 main and 35 resonating strings, with Joep Bor and Pandit Ram Narayan. She graduated cum laude in both disciplines at Codarts, where she is presently teaching. Marianne gives workshops and concerts in Europe, the US, India and Pakistan. In the beautiful wooded surroundings of the Czech Republic she is currently building her own cultural center, where students can stay and participate in workshops and retreats Indian classical singing.