Concerts, Workshop to Aid Nepal Victims

TBhandari and Paulhe Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii will be presenting a series of concerts and workshops to raise money to help Nepal rebuild after the disastrous earthquakes that struck the impoverished Himalayan nation last April and May. The statewide concert tour, featuring sarangi virtuoso Parashuram Bhandari, tabla maestro Daniel Paul, and tanpura artist Babette Ackin will come to Waimea’s Kahilu Theater at 7 p.m on Friday, July 10 and Hilo High School’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on July 11.

Bhandari, who hails from Nepal, is a master of the sarangi, an instrument whose name means “hundred colors”: it is bowed on three melody strings with thirty-six sympathetic strings underneath, giving it a haunting cello-like resonance and bright reverberating echo. Bhandari’s music ranges from the wildly exuberant to hauntingly delicate, presented with the rhythmic power that is his signature.

Daniel Paul is a graduate from the Ali Akbar College of Music, a Fulbright India Scholar and long-time tabla accompanist to Grammy nominee Jai Uttal. Together in a time honored tradition whose roots go back thousands of years, Parashuram and Daniel will present an evening meditation of melodies and rhythms from Nepal and India. Tickets are a minimum $20 a the door—larger donations are welcome.

On Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, Bandari and Paul will conduct an “Introduction to Raga for Kirtan Lovers” Workshop at Kalani Retreat Center in Pahoa. Workshop minimum donation: $20; Raga is Music for the Soul. Participnts will earn how tradition, mood, raag (melody) and tal (rhythm) create this transcendent form. Rare workshop opportunity to learn about raga melody and rhythms (how to count the 16 beat cycle) with two masters, sarangi virtuoso Parashuram Bhandari of Nepal and tabla maestro Daniel Paul. Especially for kirtan lovers, experience how raga, kirtan, bhajan, meditation, devotion all spring from one source. No prior music experience is necessary;  Singers, dancers and non-musical people are welcome.  A minimum of ten reservations is needed for the workshop to go forward.

Proceeds from the concerts and workshop will go to the The Nepal Foundation and Society of Nepalese in Hawaii for relief to areas stricken by the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 of this year, which caused over 6,000 deaths and 7,000 injuries, and flattened more than 90 percent of homes and buildings in villages near the temblor epicenters.
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