Of Indian Flute To Fill Cabell Hall On Oct. 2
Sept. 17, 1999 -- One
of Indias 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.
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 Shankars 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.
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.
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).
an electronic copy of a photo of Ronu Majumdar contact Bob Brickhouse
at (804) 924-6856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Benton-Groner, (804) 924-8815 or Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856