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Source: Kurt Garnter, 785-532-3808,
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Thursday, April 2, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Progressive tabla artist Sandip Burman will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Kansas State University. The performance will be in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Tabla is a percussion instrument that is integral to North Indian classical music. Burman has taken the instrument and his music into many diverse musical settings. He has collaborated and toured with Bela Fleck and is one of the guest artists on the Flecktone's Grammy Award-winning album "Outbound." While exploring world music and jazz, Sandip has played with jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Al DiMeola, as well as Howard Levy, Paul McCandless from the group Oregon, Andy Narell, Victor Wooten and many others.

In the traditional Indian musical realm, Burman has performed with Ravi Shankar, Jasraj, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Debu Chaudhuri, Rajeev Taranath, Budhadev Dasgupta and Shri Chitresh Dasat in such venues as the Ali Akbar Music College Festival, the Monterey World One Festival, the San Francisco Asian Museum of Art, the New Mexico Cultural Art Forum, the Chandham School of Dance, and the International Bengali Conferences in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Burman also is a highly accomplished performer on sitar, a plucked, 21-stringed melodic instrument.

At his concerts, Burman discusses historical, technical, musical and cultural aspects of his performance.

In addition to his free concert, Burman will present a lecture on various aspects of Indian music at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, in 201 McCain. The lecture is free and open to the public. He also will speak to a choreography class in Nichols Hall later in the afternoon.

Burman's concert was organized by the K-State student chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is supported by a grant from the K-State Student Senate's Diversity Programming Committee.

More information on Burman is available at his Web site at