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Classical Indian Vocal Recitals To Be Held Oct. 25

October 21, 2003 -- In the North Indian classical music tradition, the human voice is regarded as the most precious and subtlest of all instruments, designed to praise the Creator.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Pandit Laxmi G. Tewari, a versatile singer and ethnomusicologist, will present two classical Indian vocal programs in Garrett Hall Commons Room at the University of Virginia. He will present “Morning Ragas” at 10 a.m. and “Evening Ragas” at 8 p.m. It is a rare opportunity for an American audience to hear morning ragas, as concerts are seldom held so early in the day. Tewari will be accompanied by musicians from the Washington area, Humayun Khan on the harmonium and Debu Nayak on tabla. Tickets ($10 per concert, $15 for both) for the general public will be available at the door. There is no charge to U.Va. students with student ID cards.

Tewari, who teaches at Sonoma State University, has conducted field research in India, Turkey and Trinidad, and collected old songs and traditional stories from older musicians in Indian communities around the world.

On Friday, Oct. 24, Tewari will speak at a colloquium in the Department of Music in 107 Cabell Hall on “South Asian Indentured Diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji: A Story of Survival and Success.”

For more information, contact the Center for South Asian Studies at (434) 924-8815.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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