Five College Consortium

Banaras Soul Music

Sun, Oct 22 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents. 

Sitarist Ravindra Goswami has been a professional musician for 40 years and is recognized as one of the senior-most artists in the musically rich city of Varanasi, India. Unlike many of the Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga. Goswami is a disciple of the late Smt. Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with the great Dr. Balchandra Patekar of Bombay and Varanasi. He has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, and many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). Goswami is also one of Varanasi's foremost sitar teachers. Tablaist Ramchandra Pandit has been a professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk, and popular music for four decades. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S.D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Varanasi, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but which now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.

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