April 7, 2009
'Raga': An evening of classical Indian music at Northwest
Multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and percussionist Hanif Khan will present "Raga," a concert of classical Indian music, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Charles Johnson Theater on the Northwest campus.
The free concert is made possible through Northwest's Culture of Quality and the International Study and Programs Committee.
Palmer, familiar to Northwest concertgoers as a Western-style harpist, will perform on the sarod, a lute-like instrument; the sitar, a large stringed instrument made famous in the West in the 1960s by Ravi Shankar and his student, the late Beatle George Harrison; and the sarangi, a bowed instrument somewhat like a violin. Khan is a master of the tabla, a set of tuned hand drums.
Palmer, a native New Yorker who lives in Maryville, was introduced to Indian music in the 1970s. He began taking sitar lessons and eventually studied sarod at the Alam School of Indian Classical Music under the master Vasant Rai. His interest in sarangi began several years ago, and he has studied the instrument in London and New York under Pandit Ramesh Misra and Dr. Nicolas Magriel.
After meeting in London last fall, Palmer and Khan performed at Imperial College before being recommended to the director of programs at the Nehru Centre, the Cultural Wing of the High Commission of India in London, where they are scheduled to perform in September.
A native of Mumbai, Khan has performed in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Classically taught, he is a versatile performer and has accompanied many noted Indian musicians. His London appearances include shows at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Opera House and many Indian centers.
The son of renowned tabla player Ustad Hidayat Khan, Khan and was trained in the Delhi school and has been recognized by the National Music Conservatory of the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation and the International Music Centre. In addition to his classical playing, he performs internationally with a number of fusion groups.
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