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A Festival of Indian Music: Dhrupad Samaroh

A Festival of Indian Music: Dhrupad Samaroh

Classical, World
‘Dhrupad Samaroh’ is a three-day event celebrating ‘dhrupad’, India’s oldest genre of classical music. The event will feature performances by leading representatives of the style from India, as well as musicians who practice the art form in the United States. A contemplative style of music that gradually unfolds a raga (an Indian term for a melodic mode), dhrupad originated in the Hindu temples of ancient India, and has its roots in the Vedas, the ancient texts of Hinduism. In the 1500s, because of historical circumstances, the music moved into the royal courts of India, and became a form of classical music that demanded musical and theoretical rigor. Today, dhrupad is a medium through which listeners and musicians experience a heightened sense of aesthetics, and tonal perfection. On Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 pm, ‘Dhrupad Samaroh’ celebrates the flowering of dhrupad in Happy Valley. The afternoon opens with a choral ensemble of music students who have studied dhrupad in State College. The ensemble, trained and conducted by Patel, and his teacher Arijit Mahalanabis, represents a musical perspective on dhrupad that is unique to Central Pennsylvania. The choral piece is followed by a percussion solo on the pakhawaj by musical prodigy, Tejas Tope of New York. The concert ends with a performance by Mahalanabis, the founder of SIMA. He is accompanied on the pakhawaj by Patel, and on the violin by Hari Padmanabhan, a Ph.D. student at Penn State who has studied violin in the Carnatic or South Indian style extensively. On Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 pm, ‘Dhrupad Samaroh’ concludes with two more recitals by U.S.-based musicians. The afternoon opens with a vocal recital by Kishan Patel, accompanied by Tope on the pakhawaj. ‘Dhrupad Samaroh’ concludes with a sarod recital by Anirban Dasgupta of Massachusetts.
world music;international music;Indian;classical music
Event Info: (425) 736-4652
Price: $ 4.99
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 • Fri 10/19/18 at 7:30pm till 8:45pm, 8:45pm till 10pm 
 • Sat 10/20/18 - Sun 10/21/18 at 3pm