Sitar Virtuoso to Appear At Denison University
Posted: March 20, 2006
Hailed as a child prodigy in India when he began performing full-length solo recitals at the age of six, Kartik Seshadri went on to become a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Seshadri will bring his musical abilities to Denison when he performs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 29) in Swasey Chapel. Sponsored by the international studies and international student services departments, the Academic Lecture Fund and the Lilly Fund, the concert is free and open to the public.
In addition to his performance talents, Seshadri is a distinguished composer and educator of Indian music. His "Quartet for a Raga" received its world premiere in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Contemporary Music Forum. He teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where he heads one of the largest programs of Indian Classical music in the United States. He has given numerous performances on college campuses. "If the power of Indian music seems almost supernatural, then sitar player Kartik Seshadri must be a sorcerer," said The Oberlin Review after a performance there.
Seshadri is steeped in the distinctive and pure styles of the "Senia," "Beenkar" and "Dhrupad" traditions. He performs extensively as a soloist in major venues throughout India and abroad. In North America he has appeared at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, World Music Institute, Asia Society, Vancouver Jazz Festival and at Ravi Shankar's 75th birthday celebration. He has also appeared with Shankar in India, Europe, Middle East, Japan, Mexico and the United States.
More recently, Seshadri has collaborated on The Orion Project with composer Philip Glass and the Brazilian group, UAKTI in performances ranging from the Ravinia Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Australia's Melbourne International Music Festival.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Concert by internationally recognized sitarist Kartik Seshadri, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday (March 29), Swasey Chapel. Free and open to the public. Contact 740-587-6369 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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