A short ride in an Indian machine
You’ve got to hand it to Leonid Treer who has once again come up with
an interesting program that travels the byways of music. In this case
he explores the classical music of India, hardly a known quantity to
The FAU Chamber Soloists have performed some terrific concerts at the
Davie campus. The School of Arts recital hall is small enough to bring
a degree of intimacy to their programs, and Saturday afternoon’s small
but appreciative audience obviously enjoyed the lectures, music, and
The santoor, a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument was played by Ajit
Damle who uses a 100-stringed version. Shirish Patankar played the
sitar, a plucked string instrument with a long hollow neck made famous
by the Indian musician Ravi Shankar. It is primarily used to play the
classical Indian music called ragas, and Sudhir Limaye accompanied on
the tabla, a set of two Indian drums.
As was expected, the sound was not exactly what the West is used to
hearing. To begin with, the structured but largely improvised pieces
employ the use of microtones, that is, sliding from one note to
another. They also begin with a drone upon which all else takes place.
Like the bagpipe, there is a built-in harmonic stagnation that can be
tiring to listen for unacquainted ears. Soprano Medha Kulkarni, in a
style somewhat familiar from Bollywood, performed in one of the
A short film on Prem Rawat, known as Maharaji, demonstrated his
commitment to spreading the word about inner peace and contentment.
Obviously it is something that many of us could learn from.
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