Hamline University and Minnesota Global Arts Institute present The Spirit of the Veena: a South Indian art music concert with Nirmala Rajasekar on March 15, 8 p.m. in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul. A pre-concert talk will be held on “How to Listen to Indian Music.”
This event is the opening concert of a broader Asian Music Concert and Residency Series titled: The Sublime and The Beautiful: Great Music Traditions of India, Indonesia and China. Rajasekar is one of the world’s most well known South Indian Saraswati veena players. She is also a vocalist, commissioned composer and artistic director of the Nadha Rasa Center for Music based in Plymouth.
Rajasekar will be accompanied by Indian’s top percussionist Tanjore Muruga Boopathi on the murdangam drum; Sriram Natarajan on kanjira (one handed tambourine) and Balaji Chandran on Ghatam (clay pot). They will perform several popular pieces from the 2000 year old Carnatic tradition of South India and features a special spoken rhythm piece known as Konakkol.
For information about other free workshops are being offered during the week of March 12-15 contact [email protected]. Tickets for the concert are general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students, $5 Hamline faculty, staff and students by phone through the Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459, press 4 to leave a message. For directions visit http://www.hamline.edu/sundin/