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Hema Ramaswamy

How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

In a report that may be of special interest to parents of children in our World Music in the Schools program, National Public Radio recently featured a story of healing through practice of Bharata Natyam, the traditional dance of South India . . .

Ramaswamy, who has Down syndrome, originally began dancing for health reasons. “But then it became part of her, and she really loves and enjoys it, and it took her 13 years with a lot of challenges, midway, to complete this,” explained her father, Ram. “And now today is a perfect day for her — her graduating in this art.”

Listen to, and read, the story on NPR

Amir Khan

Rediscover the virtuosity of Hindustani vocalist Amir Khan

Vocalist Amir Khan (1912-1974) was one of the major trend setters in Hindustani (North Indian) music in the second half of the twentieth century. An article with a nice selection of classic YouTube videos of the artist in performance . . .

Without any trace of flamboyance, the brooding and introspective nature of his music envelops the listeners.

Check the full story at Scroll.in.

Girija Devi

New Film: Girija Devi, The Voice of Banaras

The new film Girija explores the biography of Girija Devi, her life in Banaras, and her unique contribution to North Indian music.

I devoted myself to understanding the importance of poetry and lyrics in singing. Rasa, the expression of emotion, became the primary focus of my compositions. I worked long and hard to express the various forms of love, such as love for God, love for your beloved, and simple, maternal love. My Thumris, which are typically based on stories of Krishna, became the focal point of my practice. I decided to change the entire complexion of Thumri singing. I was determined to give it a new face.

Visit the GirijaDevi.com website.

Music of India, June 21, 2014

CHILDREN’S WORLD MUSIC CONCERT SERIES

Music of India

Saturday, June 21, 2014 • 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Seaport Village, San Diego

Financial support provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Seaport Village 2014 Flyer

Indian Music in Shiley Theater

Shiley Theater’s Night of Indian Music

The Vista, October 30, 2013

Sitar master Ustad Shahid Parvez and vocalist Sudakshina Alagia, accompanied on tabla by Pandit Abhijit Banerjee, performed on October 26, 2013, in a concert jointly sponsored by the Academy of Indian Music, San Diego, the University of San Diego Music Department, and the Center for World Music.

As the musicians on the stage put down their instruments, a roar of applause echoed through the Shiley Theater. Already past the 9:30 p.m. deadline that was supposed to mark the end of the show, shouts for ‘one more song filled’ the theater.

Read the full write-up in the USD Vista.

Gatha Odissi

Gatha Odissi: Indian Classical Dance by the Orissa Dance Academy, May 11, 2013

A Special Performance of Indian Classical Dance by a Leading Troupe from India

Cosponsored by the Indian Fine Arts Academy, the Music Department of the University of San Diego, the Ravi Shankar Foundation, and the Center for World Music

Saturday, May 11, 2013 • 7:00 pm
Shiley Theater, University of San Diego

Admission: $25, $30 if purchased after May 1
Tickets: indianfineartsacademy.org

Free admission for IFAASD members and USD students and faculty

Gatha Odissi Flyer

Gatha Odissi Flyer

Events

Odissi Dance by Tanvi Shah

Odissi Dance School Monthly Student Recital

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music’s Odissi Dance School.

Each month the school hosts a monthly student recital in which a student performs dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Indian Music and Dance Festival

Tenth Annual Indian Music and Dance Festival

Mark your calendar for the Tenth Annual Music and Dance Festival, April 2-9, 2017, presented by the Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego (IFAASD) and sponsored by the Center for World Music. This festival has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the major events in North America for South Asian performing arts.

The Center for World Music is proud to partner with the IFAASD in this not-to-be-missed event.

Check the IFAASD website for full details and updates on the performance schedule.


SD Commission for Arts and Culture

Sudakshina Alagia

Passport to Worlds of Music: India

This will be the second program in the Passport to Worlds of Music 2017 series. In this special music and lecture concert, guest artists Srimati Sudakshnia Alagia and Sri Rahul Soparkar will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of North Indian classical vocal music.

Hindustani Vocal by Sudakshina Alagia

An award-winning vocalist and leading disciple of the legendary Lakshmi Shankar, Shrimati Sudakshina Alagia’s performances have spanned the globe, from the United States to India, Europe, and Canada. She is known not only as a traditional classical vocalist but also as an artist who can effortlessly blend traditional music with experimental jazz, fusion, and modern pop.

Having studied vocal music from the age of five, Sudakshina has meticulously created and honed a unique singing style that combines several traditions of North India. In particular, she blends the tonal perfection and melodious nature of the Patiala gharana, or tradition, with the rustic and emotional singing of the Banaras gharana. She is equally versed in singing pure classical as well as lighter genres such as thumri and ghazal, rich in romantic essence, and bhajan, evoking spirituality and devotion.

Based in Southern California, Sudakshina is the founder and music director of the Academy of Indian Music (AIM), through which she sponsors concerts and passes the torch of Hindustani classical music to future generations. Read more about Sudakshina here.

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Sudakshina will be accompanied by tabla (percussion) artist Rahul Soparkar, a student of a number of contemporary masters of the instrument, including the great Zakir Hussain. He has accompanied a number of well-known Hindustani classical musicians, such as Atul Athalye, Ramarao Varigonda, and Nishad Gadgil. In addition, he has performed for film music and in semi-classical  productions.

Program

This program will be an intimate lecture-demonstration and mini-concert, in which the audience will have opportunity to interact with the artists. Having introduced us to their art form, Sudakshina and Rahul will perform a number of classical pieces.

5:30pm – Doors open.
6:00pm – Performance begins. Casual reception immediately following performance.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

$19 of each single ticket supports world music programs for school children across San Diego County.


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Mira Sur

Odissi Dance School February Student Recital

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music’s Odissi Dance School.

This month’s performance features soloist Mira Sur.

Each month the school hosts a monthly student recital in which a student performs dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

Mira Sur

Odissi Dance School March Student Recital

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music’s Odissi Dance School.

This month’s performance features dancers Mira Sur, Ananya Thridandam, and Valerie Guitton.

Each month the school hosts a monthly student recital in which a student performs dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai.

The event is free and open to the public.

Arpana Dance Company

Arpana: Music and Dance of South India

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series

Arpana Dance Company: Music and Dance of South India

Ramya Harishankar, Artistic Director

Southern California-based Arpana Dance Company has had the honor of performing in the US, Europe, and India. The Summer of 2013 took Arpana to Germany and Croatia for performances and workshops. In December 2011, the group traveled to Japan performing with Kinnara Taiko in Hiroshima, Kure, and Nara, raising over $20000 for Tsunami relief.

Admission: $10 college students • $15 seniors (62+), active military, SDSU affiliates • $20 general

Free Admission for elementary/middle school/high school students

Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music.

Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions.

More on Arpana Dance Company.

 

SD Commission for Arts and Culture

Odissi Dancers

Odissi Dance School April Student Recital

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music Odissi Dance School.

This month’s performance features dancers Keertana Sridhar, Samira Sreendripu, and Sumita Dhar.

Each month the school hosts a monthly student recital in which a student performs dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai.

The event is free and open to the public.

Rajeev Taranath

Rajeev Taranath and Abhiman Kaushal

An evening of North Indian classical music with internationally acclaimed artists Rajeev Taranath, sarod, and Abhiman Kaushal, tabla.

Rajeev Taranath is today one of the leading exponents of the sarod. His performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani music with an inspired imagination and emotional sensibility.

 

Admission: $10 general/$8 students, seniors, and MiraCosta staff (advance purchase or at the door).

Presented by the MiraCosta College Music Department in partnership with the Center for World Music.

Download the flyer.

Deobrat Mishra

North Indian Classical Sitar & Tabla Concert with Deobrat Mishra

Deobrat Mishra from Benares, India is an award-winning, 11th-generation sitar player and founder-director of the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music. The son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of sitar, he has an energetic and innovative playing style featuring complex melodies and rhythms. He is touring with tabla artist Prashant Mishra.

Have you heard of the raw power and virtuosity of the 1970’s Mahavishnu Orchestra or Miles Davis’ Electric Period or even John Coltrane’s Classic Quartet? This man—sitarist Deobrat Mishra—and his tabla player Prashant Misra, from Varanasi, India have it all and more. I was there. The sky opened and the violent, rhythmic apocalypse of a life dedicated to love and peace through sound vibrations struck fast and fiercely into the hearts, souls, and minds—never to be forgotten.

Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. Advance discount tickets are available at brightstarevents.net. Concert open to all ages.

Chai and samosas will be on sale at the intermission for $5 cash. This event is sponsored in part by Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

Here is a sneak video peak at Deobrat Mishra’s music.


If you enjoy contemporary hybrid music, consider attending this Sunday performance:

Sunday, June 25, 7:30 pm

Live East-West fusion with The Born Again Buddha Collective, featuring Vikas (drums), TahRei (woodwinds), Christian McMullen (bass), Deobrat Mishra (sitar, vocals), Prashant Mishra (tabla).

The Gallery
Little Italy
1970 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92101
$15 adv/ $20 door

Passport Series Spring 2018

Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018

The Center for World Music is pleased to announce an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions that will immerse you in the sounds, aesthetics, cultural background, and meaning of music from a diverse selection of cultures from around the world.

Download the 2018 Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series Flyer.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM
From Ireland to San Diego
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
La Jolla

 

 


Sheela BringiSunday, March 4, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings
Sheela Bringi with Clinton Patterson
& Miles Shrewsbery
Encinitas

 


Merja SoriaSaturday, March 24, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Singing the Ancient Memories
of Finland

Merja Soria
La Jolla

 


Dornob TrioSaturday, April 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Classical and Folk Music of Iran
The Dornob Trio
La Jolla

 

 


Nomsa Burkhardt

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Traditional Zulu Song, Dance,
& Stories

Nomsa Burkhardt
La Jolla

 


Venues

Kalabash School of Music and the Arts
5725 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Encinitas Branch Library, Community Room
540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

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Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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