A Morning of Soulful Ragas


The origins of Indian classical music are rooted in the oldest scriptures, which through the centuries have evolved into an art form that incorporates elements of mathematics, science, dexterity, emotions, and spirituality.

Alam Khan started studying sarode with his father at the age of 7. His first public performance was in 1998 at the Spirit of India Festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ali Akbar College of Music (AACM) in San Rafael. Since 2004, Alam has played numerous concerts throughout the U.S. and has established himself as a solo artist. Khan continues to carry on his family legacy and the music of the Maihar Sena gharana.

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Chaudhuri is a phenomenon in the arena of Indian classical music. He bases his style on the intensivetraining he received from his guru, Santosh Krishna Biswas, the eminent exponent of the Lucknow Gharana. Chaudhuri’s music is the spontaneous expression of his powerful emotions and his deep knowledge of rhythm. He is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the government of India and the American Academy of Artists Award. Chaudhuri  is currently the director of percussion at AACM in San Rafael and in Basel, Switzerland. He is also the chairperson for the World Music Department at California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles.

Chaudhuri has recently established the Rupak School of World Music, a nonprofit cultural arts organization in Los Angeles and has provided the vision for promoting India’s cultural heritage through the medium of music. Rupak provides a forum to learn and experience India’s cultural arts through offerings of concerts, workshops, and lecture demonstrations. Rupak’s events are organized by a volunteer-based group of dedicated individuals who are committed to bringing the best of Indian classical music to the greater Los Angeles community.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. Murphy Recital Hall, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. $25, $40. Tickets: (310) 483-3795;www.rupakschoolofmusic.org.

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