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K-State Today

April 19, 2016



Student organization presents Indian classical music concert at All Faiths Chapel today

By Joydeep Mitra

The Kansas State University chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth, or SPIC MACAY, an official K-State student organization, presents Raga Spring Fest 2016 from 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at All Faiths Chapel. The concert will include three eminent artists from India on the sarod, sitar and tabla. 

The organization's motive is to spread awareness about the rich culture and arts of the Indian subcontinent, and it has student chapters all over the world and at many U.S. universities. K-State's chapter, which started in fall 2015, aims to do the same in and around campus and Manhattan. SPIC MACAY hosts Indian classical music concerts, movie nights and workshops. 

Featured artists:

  • Joydeep Ghosh, sarod, a melodious North Indian classical instrument with four main strings. Ghosh has won a number of awards and honors since his childhood. He started training at the age of five under renowned artists of the Shahjahanpur sarod Gharana, musical tradition. Ghosh is an A grade All India Radio artist and has received fellowships from India as well.
  • Vidushi Mita Nag, sitar, the very resonant Indian stringed instrument. One of the most outstanding sitarists of the globe today, Mita Nag is the daughter and disciple of sitar maestro pandit Manilal Nag of Kolkata and granddaughter of Sangeetacharya Gokul Nag of the Vishnupur School of Music. She has performed in a number of concerts in major cities in India, the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.
  • Shubhen Chatterjee, tabla. Renowned for his numerous performances worldwide, Chatterjee is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest single performance by largest number of musicians live on stage.

After the performance, the artists will engage in conversation with the audience and answer questions about Hindusthani classical music.