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Celebration Of Indian Classical Music At 9th Annual Learnquest Conference

Shuchita Rao

As the weather warms up, heralding the arrival of Spring season, LearnQuest Academy of Music will bring stalwarts of Indian Classical music to Boston to uplift the hearts and souls of music connoisseurs from all over the United States. Legendary and eminent musicians of the Hindustani and Carnatic traditions such as Dr. Prabha Atre, T.V. Sankarnarayanan, Trichy Sankaran, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ranjani-Gayatri will perform at the conference scheduled to begin on April 16, 2014. Instrumental music on Veena, Sitar, Guitar, Tabla, Violin, Harmonium and Mridangam, free lecture demonstrations on comparison of Hindustani and Carnatic vocal traditions at NEC, the music of Veena and Sitar at Berklee College of Music and Kathak dance at MIT will precede the main conference that will start on Friday, April 18 and conclude on Sunday, April 20. Local artists such as Carnatic vocalist

Smt. Aparna Balaji, Veena artists Smt. Durga Krishnan as well as artists from outside of Boston such as Kathak dancer Shambhavi Dandekar and Sitar player Vinayak Sharma will participate in the lecture demonstrations. Other US based artists who will perform at the festival are flautist V. K. Raman from Washington DC, Hindustani vocalist Sanhita Nandi from New Jersey, Veena artists Ravathi Ramaswamy and Ram Naidu from Boston and Carnatic Saxophone player Prashant Radhakrishnan from California.

This year’s of the LearnQuest Music Concerence Committee Chair Shriniwas Sane shared that the goal of the conference was to share a part of Indian culture by creating a festival like environment revolving around Indian classical music in a multi-day format, just the way it is enjoyed in India – as in a “sangeet sammelan”. As has been customary in the past few years, LearnQuest will partner with local universities such as MITHAS, New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music for lecture demonstrations on classical music and dance on April 16, 17 and 18. During the weekend, starting on Friday, April 18 with vocal performances by Smt. Sanhita Nandi and the celebrated Carnatic duo, Ranjani-Gayatri in the evening hours (6:30 to 11 pm), the musical performances will take place at Regis College in Weston, MA. On Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, the performances will take place all day beginning at 11 A.M.

Tickets may be purchased at LearnQuest website http://learnquest.org/conference2014 Substantial discounts for families and music students are available until March 15, 2014.

Also, exclusively for LearnQuest conference attendees, discounted tickets to Zakir Hussain’s “Masters of Percussion” concert are available at LearnQuest’s website.

The Zakir Hussain concert will take place on April 6th in Symphony Hall, Boston and is organized by World Music. In a dazzling display of Indian percussion, the world renowned tabla superstar Zakir Hussain is joined by the finest percussionists from India’s classical and folk traditions, including Niladri Kumar, sitar; Dilshad Khan, sarangi; V. Selvaganesh, kanjira and ghatam; Vijay S Chavan, dholki; Deepak Bhatt, dhol; and Steve Smith, drums.

As in the previous eight years LearnQuest annual music conference attracts the interest of music connoisseurs from all over USA. The spectacular lineup this year promises to make the conference an engaging and memorable one.

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