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Sounds Of Indian Flute To Fill Cabell Hall On Oct. 2

Sept. 17, 1999 -- One of India’s foremost flutists, Ronu Majumdar, will present a concert of Indian classical music in Cabell Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Performing ragas of the North Indian classical style, Majumdar will be accompanied by Vijay Ghate on tabla, the drums of North India. Both musicians are highly regarded within India and abroad. The event, which promises to be memorable for lovers of Indian music, is sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies, the McIntire Department of Music, and the South Asian Cultural Society, with support from the Starr Foundation.

Born in Varanasi, Ronu Majumdar was introduced to the art of flute playing by his father, also an accomplished musician. He studied under several respected and well-known musicians in North India and quickly established a name for himself. In 1981, he was awarded first place in the All-India Radio Music Competition, a highly coveted award, and received special praise when he performed with Ravi Shankar’s musical ensemble at the Asia ’82 Festival in New Delhi and at the Festival of India in Moscow. Since then, he has performed extensively in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and the Middle East.

His accompanist, Vijay Ghate, is considered to be one of the best young tabla players within Indian classical music circles. He began playing tabla at the age of four, and by the time he was 16, he had achieved fame for his scintillating solos as well as his sensitive accompaniment to vocal and instrument music and kathak dance. He has traveled with Indian musicians on tours throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Together, the two musicians are presently on a national tour of the United States.

A pre-concert lecture on Indian music will be given by Nitin Tripathi, an instructor of tabla, at 7:15 p.m. in room 107 in Old Cabell Hall. This informative session is open to the public and is free. Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and no charge for full-time students. Tickets are available at the Cabell Hall Box Office (924-3984).

For an electronic copy of a photo of Ronu Majumdar contact Bob Brickhouse at (804) 924-6856 or rcb2f@virginia.edu.

Contact: Cindy Benton-Groner, (804) 924-8815 or Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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