The Society for Indian Music and Arts presents Virasat 2017, Sept. 22-24

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Society for Indian Music and Arts (SIMA) ushers in the season with its first major event of an exciting year of powerful and enlightening performances. Join SIMA for Virasat 2017, a three-day conference on traditional Indian music, featuring research presentations and outstanding musical performances, in the HUB-Robeson Center. This year, Virasat features performances by the up-and-coming vocalist Priya Purushothaman, and virtuoso violinist Raman Iyer.

Tickets are $4 for Penn State students, $4.99 for general public.

Friday, Sept. 22 — 134 HUB

  • 7 p.m.: Arijit Mahalanabis - Welcome Address
  • 7:15 p.m.: Prithvi Narayanan - Invocation Dhrupad
  • 7:30 p.m.: Priya Purushothaman - Hindustani Vocal Recital

Saturday, Sept. 23 — 233A HUB

  • 9:30 a.m.: Sindhuja Parimalarangan - An Overview of the Compositions of Thyagaraja 10:15 AM: Kishan Patel - Characteristics and Comparative Analysis of Four Gayakis of Khayal
  • 11 a.m.: Priya Purushothaman - Pedagogical Approach Pt. Dinkar Kaikini: Concrete Tools Towards Improvisation and Creativity
  • 11:45 a.m.: Break
  • 1 p.m.: Harkeerat Mangat - Recording Improvised Music: Solutions and Problems
  • 1:45 p.m.: Arvind Raman - A Dialog on Learning Music in India as an NRI
  • 2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 4:30 p.m.: Raman Iyer - Carnatic Violin Recital

Sunday, Sept. 24 — 134 HUB

  • 9:30 a.m.: Sayali Phadke - Ashtanayika and their Presentation in Kathak
  • 10:15 a.m.: Suparno Bhattacharyya - An Introductory Study on Aesthetics and Salient Features of Bishnupur Dhrupad
  • 11 a.m.: Akhil Jobanputra - The Mewati Gharana: Its Evolution and Identity
  • 11:45 a.m.: Break
  • 1 p.m.: Hari Padmanabhan - Composition and Improvisation in the Lalgudi Bani 1:45 PM: Anahita Bharadwaj - Kuchipudi dance: Evolution and Salient Features of the Traditional Dance-drama of Telugu Speaking Region in India
  • 2:30 p.m.: Kuntal Roy - Lecdem on the Farrukhabad Gharana

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Last Updated September 11, 2017