Gallery Series presents North Indian classical music
October 24, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series will present a concert of North Indian classical music Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.
The concert, which is free to the public, is part of the university's ongoing series of performing art and experimental music and is funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.
Ragas and folk melodies
Steve Gorn, Bansuri bamboo flute, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, will perform ragas from the Hindustani classical music tradition as well as folk melodies from North India.
According to William Duckworth, professor of music at Bucknell and Gallery Series coordinator, this music is passed from generation to generation, from master to disciple, as a living oral tradition. It combines the classicism of traditional repertoire, fixed melodic forms, and precise intonation, with improvisation and spontaneous creation.
Steve Gorn (Bansuri) has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the Bansuri Bamboo Flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. A disciple of the late Bansuri master, Sri Gour Goswami of Calcutta, and presently studying with Pandit Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. His recordings of Indian classical music include Luminous Ragas (Bamboo Rasa) and Parampara (Wergo) with Samir Chatterjee playing tabla.
Samir Chatterjee (Tabla) has played throughout the world in major festivals and concerts. In India, he has been a featured artist at Gwalior's Tansen Festival, as well as numerous festivals in Calcutta. He has many recordings to his credit, and has appeared in concert with India's greatest musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Lakshmi Shankar, Pandit Jasraj, Bhimson Joshi, L. Subramaniam, Ashish Khan, Hariprasad Chourasia and Raghunath Seth. His organization Chhandayan actively promotes Indian music in the New York area and Calcutta.
The Bansuri Flute is the simplest of all Indian melody instruments in construction, though it is one of the most difficult on which to master the complexity of classical Indian music. To Indian people, the bansuri is a celestial instrument which immediately conjures up images of Lord Krishna. The body of the instrument is a straight tube of bamboo with a mouth hole and seven finger holes. The subtle intonation of Indian music is achieved by partially covering the finger holes.
The Tabla is the most popular percussion instrument in North India, and is commonly used to accompany classical ragas. Actually two drums, the tabla provides the tala, or rhythmic structure for the music. Each stroke has a particular sound, which combined form rhythmic patterns which define the tala, and are elaborated in either fixed compositions or improvisation.
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