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PEM To Host Sarod Concert By K. Sridhar

Press Release
03/08/2006

Who:        The Peabody Essex Museum presents K. Sridhar, one of few musicians who has mastered both the North Indian (Hindustani) and the South Indian (Carnatic) forms of classical music. A descendent of 14 generations of temple musicians, Sridhar began his musical training early in life and, at the age of 12, became the youngest member of Ravi Shankar's world-renowned orchestral group.

Currently a recording artist for Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Records, Sridhar has performed in India and internationally for over 40 years.

What:       Sarod concert. The sarod, originally named the sah-roda, was first introduced to the Mughal court of North India around 1300 A.D. Also known  as the Indian lute, the sarod consists of 25 strings and a fretless fingerboard, allowing for precision and variety. By plucking these wire strings with a coconut or ivory spectrum, Sridhar produces a singing, melodic sound similar to the vocal tones produced by violins, clarinets, and sitars.

When:       Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where:     Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA.

Tickets:     Adults - Members $12, Non-Members $15, Students - $6

Reservations by March 16
For reservations, call 978-745-9500 x3011

More information about K. Sridhar can be obtained at  http://www.sridhar.org.

Please note:
Concertgoers may visit the special exhibition Exposing the Source, the Paintings of Nalini Malani, an exhibition drawn primarily from the Peabody Essex Museum’s renowned Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of Contemporary Indian Art. The exhibition will open at 7, and remain open for the duration of the concert.

In addition, the Peabody Essex Museum has extended the installation Take me, Take me, Take me... to the Palace of Love until May 2, 2006. The art work was scheduled to come down from its popular location in the museum’s atrium on Feb. 15. Take me, Take me, Take me... to the Palace of Love is part of the exhibition Taj Mahal, the Building of a Legend, which continues through July 23, 2006. The exhibition includes approximately 40 paintings, watercolors, photographs, and objects that explore the architecture and mystique of this remarkable site.



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