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Hema Ramaswamy

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

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

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.

http://bit.ly/1Cs8tMN

Zakir Hussain

Rack up one more for legendary tabla master–and friend of the CWM–Utsad Zakir Hussain!

While he’s received all of the most prestigious awards for musicians in classical Indian music, composer and tabla master Zakir Hussain sees his latest honor as a sign of the Hindustani tradition’s growing international status more than as a personal tribute.

Read the full article at MercuryNews.com.

Indian Music in Shiley Theater

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

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

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