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Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen
Boston Musica Viva and Music Director Richard Pittman present the world premiere of a ground-breaking new chamber opera, Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen, by Cambridge-based composer Shirish Korde.

The multi-media chamber opera Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen is based on true events. This compelling story focuses on the life of Phoolan Devi, who was born into poverty, sold as a child bride, abducted by bandits, abused and victimized, imprisoned, and finally elected to India’s Parliament. Just as she was assuming national recognition as a crusader for the poor, she was assassinated in 2001 at the age of 37.

Korde’s contemporary score is a powerful synthesis of Asian and Western musical traditions. Drawing on the musical styles of India such as Vedic chant, Qawwali, Bollywood, and tabla drumming, as well as contemporary Western music, the composer unifies many diverse genres into a seamless lyrical score. An international cast of musicians, dancers, and singers will join Boston Musica Viva, including Zorana Sadiq and Elizabeth Keusch, sopranos; Brian Church, baritone; Aditya Kalyanpur, tabla; Chirag Katty, sitar; and dancers Prachi Dalal, Mesma S. Belsare, and I Made Bandem.

Date: 04/24/2010
Location: Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $15-$30

Web: www.bmv.org

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