Hilo Public Library Presents the Music of the Himalayas

 From Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii:

On Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 4:45 to  6:15 p.m., Parashuram Bhandari will talk about musical traditions there that are over five thousand years old: both classical raga and folk music (mountain music) of Nepal.  Attendees will see and hear several typical instruments: Indian sarangi, tabla, madal drum, Nepali folk sarangi, and tanpura. The event is free and open to the public.

 Bhandari is a revered and well-lauded master of the sarangi, a strange and ancient form of the violin.  He hails from the former kingdom of Nepal, a country of dramatic beauty with a rich and appealing culture.  His music ranges from the wildly exuberant to hauntingly delicate, presented with the rhythmic power that is his signature.  

Parashuram is the only sarangi player in the world to play both the Indian and Nepali sarangis.  An independent artist, he has published the only textbook on sarangi and is the recipient of national music awards in Nepal.  He has performed in many countries and released two solo CDs among others.  Parashuram is Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii’s Artist-in-Residence, and Founder and Principal Musician of the Naada Brahma Music Academy.  He studied the classical sarangi in Varanasi, India and holds a Masters Degree in Music from Prayag Sangit Samiti.

The classical Indian sarangi, whose name means “hundred colors” is an instrument with a cello-like timbre, bowed on three melody strings, with thirty-six sympathetic strings underneath, giving it a haunting cello-like resonance and bright reverberating echo.  It is known for its emotional intensity and its uncanny similarity to the timbre and inflections of the human voice.

Babette Ackin will accompany on tanpura (a long-neck lute).  She is a devoted student of raga for over ten years, and founder and director of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii.

Bandari and Ackin will also perform in a paid concert at Eastern Health Care, Wailoa Plaza, 399 Hualani St. #19 (downstairs from Miyo’s Restaurant’s former location), as part of Eastern Health Care’s “Sound Healing Saturdays” series.  Admission is $20.  Floor seating; bring a chair if you prefer one.

For more information, go to www.parashurambhandari.com

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