UC San Diego's Department of Music

March 17, 2016

  Sitar master Kartik Seshadri opens a North American tour this month with a performance in honor of the 96th birthday of Ravi Shankar. The concert on Friday Mar. 18 at 8 p.m. is presented by the Indian Fine Arts Academy San Diego at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.

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Shankar, who died in 2012, was instrumental in founding the Department of Music's Indian Music Program, now headed by Seshadri. On Friday evening Seshadri will be joined by Mandolin Rajesh, Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla) and Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam - an Indian drum) for a performance of Seshadri's Sambandh (Connections) - Confluence of Hindustani and Carnatic Jugalbandhi. The group then moves on to concerts in Cleveland (click here) and San Jose (click here). This is the first time that Rajesh has performed with Seshadri.

"The Hindustani and Carnatic traditions should not be polarized as a simple north/south colonial divide but seen as different streams and approaches to Ragas and Talas," said Seshadri, who hails from the south (Carnatic music) but who also embraces the northern Hindustani tradition that includes sitar. Rajesh has roots in Carnatic music.

Following the North American Tour, Seshadri will be in residence at the Bhavan Center in London from May 27-31. His visit will include workshops as well as a solo concert on May 28 (click here).

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