Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Asif Ali Khan 2 by Cynthia Sciberras.jpg

Photo credits: Cynthia Sciberra

Asif Ali Khan by Cynthia Sciberras.jpg

Photo credits: Cynthia Sciberra

India in the World is comprised of five themes: Art, Music, Exhibitions, Media, and Lectures/Symposia. We are particularly excited about the Music theme. This semester Asif Ali Khan, a preeminent performer of the qawwali genre, will perform at the University, on March 21st 8:00 pm at Rackham Hall. UMS brings Asif Ali Khan to Ann Arbor in conjunction with UMMA's exhibition of Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art on view January 25 – May 4, 2014. To learn more about UMMA's exhibition click here / visit the website at Qawwali is a genre of devotional music most closely associated with Sufi Islam. This visit by Asif Ali Khan and his troupe is sponsored by the University Musical Society.

Lastly, we are excited to announce a sitar performance by Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, on Thursday, February 13th 7:30 pm, at UMMA. This performance is sponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies and co-sponsored by UMMA.

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
February 13, 7:30pm, UMMA

An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music

The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) is delighted to present a concert of Hindustani classical music with Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, an internationally recognized sitar player known for his exceptional spontaneity in musical expressions, and tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee. As a top-grade artist of All India Radio, Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is frequently featured in national TV and radio channels in India and other countries. Sanjoy is also the Ustad Alauddin Khan Professor of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, and is involved in a number of national and international research projects.

Part of the LSA Theme Semester, India in the World, this event is presented by the Center for World Performance Studies and co-sponsored by UMMA.

Asif Ali Khan
March 21, 8pm, Rackham Auditorium

Asif Ali Khan—who was once hailed by the maestro of qawwali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as one of his best students—has surely emerged as the music’s reigning prince. Asif is a superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, remaining faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. His music can be meditative and trance-inducing, before, at a turn, becoming thrilling and ecstatic. To hear his voice soaring above the call-and-response choruses, rhythmic hand claps, percussion, and harmonium of his accompanying musicians is an inspiring experience whether you’re an adherent of the Sufi faith or not.

Tickets are required for the performance and can be purchased from UMS.