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Sounds of India - Exploring common threads in Indian Classical and Folk music,

A series of workshops that will highlight the multitude of colors, facets and rhythms of Indian music through the lenses of collaboration and confluence of folk music both across and within the genres. Enhance your enjoyment of the concerts with ancillary community engagement activities ...


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The series of workshop and outreach activities are supported by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project

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Thursday November 8th, 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA


Lecture/demonstration by Vidushi Sowmya and group entitled “Songs of the Saints: Hindu Devotion in Indian Folk and Classical Music,” co-sponsored by Sruti, along with Asian Studies, The Department of Music and Dance, DESHI, and the Department of Religion at Swarthmore. Event will be open to faculty, students, and the general community of Swarthmore College,






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Friday November 9th, 7:00 pm to 9.30 pm
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA


7 pm to 8:15 pm

Dr. Indira Peterson presents a talk “The songs of the fortune-telling Kuravanji: Folk themes and music in an operatic drama of 18th century south Indian royal courts”.

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Vidushi Sowmya and Troupe - "The music in the Nandanar Charitram - The Grand Opera by Gopalakrishna Bharati"
Vidushi Sowmya will talk about the musical aspects and the musical forms from kathakalakshepam, folk and the Tamil work Periyapuranam.






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Past workshops

Tuesday September 25th, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Goodhart Theater Teaching Room, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA



Dr.Lakshmi Ganesh Tewari will focus on the folk music of Uttar Pradesh. This will include music performed during life-cycle ceremonies (namely, childbirth, hair shaving, sacred thread, and wedding); talk about songs sung during the festivals of Holi, Divali, Navaratri and songs of the rainy season etc. by special groups in rural Uttar Pradesh.  He will also touch upon the importance of different caste groups who provided music for their community and how that tradition is disappearing.  He will play relevant audio and show footage from his recordings.  Dr. Tewari has produced numerous cds and books based on his 40 years of research on this topic.

About Dr. Tewari

Wednesday September 26th, 2:00 pm to 3:20 pm
Amado Recital Hall in Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA


Shashank and Manganiars present a workshop demonstrating the common threads in Indian folk and classical music but which receive different treatments in each of the forms hence resulting in a different musical effect being produced. They will also take the students and guests through a sneak preview of their upcoming performance.

Thursday September 27th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Rock Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia PA


Shashank and Manganiars present a workshop demonstrating the common threads in Indian folk and classical music but which receive different treatments in each of the forms hence resulting in a different musical effect being produced. They will also take the students and guests through a sneak preview of their upcoming performance.

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Saturday October 6th, 4 pm to 6 pm
Hindu Temple of Delaware, 760 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE


Smt. Anasuya Devi along with Smt. Rathna Pappa will conduct a workshop on Telugu Folk Music and teach participants a song. This will be followed by a presentation "Emotions of life through folk songs" that will involve the workshop participants in singing along with Anasuya Devi.