Music Now: Tala Rhythms

Monday, March 15, 2021

12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Brown University Music Department presents two introductory sessions on the classical music of South Asia: February 22 (raga melodies) and March 15 (tala rhythms). Both sessions will be hosted by Applied Music Program instructors Srinivas Reddy (sitar) and Nitin Mitta (tabla). Learn about these beautiful instruments, their traditional repertoires, and how you can learn to play South Asian music on the instrument of your choice!

Free and open to the public on Zoom. Register for the event here.

About the Presenting Artists

Srinivas Reddy began his musical training as a guitarist and composer. In 1998 he graduated from Brown University with a BA in South Asian Studies and completed his senior project entitled NaadaSat, a multi-instrumental ensemble piece that reflected his growing interest in South Asian philosophy and music. weast Asian Studies. In 2011, Srinivas graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Srinivas is a professional concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals in the US, India and Europe. He has three albums to his credit: GITA (1999), Sitar & Tabla (2001) and Hemant & Jog (2008).

Srinivas is Guest Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Contemplative Studies at Brown University. He lives in Rhode Island and spend his time performing, teaching and conducting research around the world.

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Nitin Mitta is one of the most accomplished and distinctive tabla players of his generation, with a reputation for technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone, and sensitivity to melodic nuances.

Apart from being a dynamic soloist, he is a highly sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians, including Pandit Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Ustad Shahid Parvez, as well as many Carnatic musicians, such as Lalgudi G.J.R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.

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