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14th Annual Learnquest Conference To Celebrate Indian Classical Music

Shuchita Rao

As residents of Boston brace themselves for snow in the Winter season, music lovers can expect heartwarming Indian Classical Music in the upcoming 14th Learnquest Music festival to be held on Friday, 29th March, Saturday, 30th March and Sunday, 31st March at Regis College in Weston, MA. This year’s festival will present several stalwarts of Classical music from India including the renowned Hindustani vocalist Begum Parveen Sultana, Carnatic vocalist Vidushi Sudha Raghunathan and the renowned Dhrupad exponents, the Gundecha brothers and the violinist sibling pair Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi among other illustrious performers. A series of lecture demonstrations on Indian Classical Music will be held at multiple venues in Boston and Cambridge in the week preceding the music festival.

The 2019 Learnquest Music festival artist lineup includes established musicians as well as upcoming talent in the Hindustani and Carnatic traditions. Carnatic vocalists Saketha Raman and Palghat Ramprasad, the young Hindustani vocalist Viraj Joshi (grandson of Bharat Ratna, the late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi), a Sitar and Santoor jugalbandi as well as Sarod and Veena instrumental recitals will be part of this year’s music festival offering.

As has been customary over the past few years, Learnquest will partner with the non-profit music organization MITHAS for the Friday evening (March 29) concert.  The music performances will continue with back-to-back Hindustani and Carnatic recitals on Saturday March 30 and Sunday, March 31 between the hours of 10A.M and 11P.M at the Regis College venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available for purchase at the venue.

The Learnquest annual music conference has attracted the interest of music lovers and connoisseurs from all over USA over 13 years because of its unique tradition of presenting master performers from both the Hindustani as well as the Carnatic musical traditions. The spectacular lineup of professional musicians in the fourteenth year (2019) promises to make the music conference an engaging and memorable one. For more information and tickets, visit the Learnquest website http://learnquest.org

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