The City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library will host a student recital of Indian classical vocal music on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Light snacks will be served after the performance.
Incorporated in 1995, the Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation is the only organization dedicated to the promotion of the classical music and dance of India in Metro Vancouver, according to a press release from the library.
In 1996, the foundation produced a set of two CDs featuring Pandit Jasraj (vocals), Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), and Ustad Zakir Hussain (tabla). The foundation has hosted 52 concerts by some of the most renowned artists of India.
The school's guru, Pandit Jasraj, is one of India's premier classical vocalists and the foremost exponent of the Mewati Gharana, a North Indian style of singing that originated in the late 19th century in the Mewat region of Rajasthan.
The Mewati style of singing has some distinct qualities, and incorporates elements of both Hinduism and Islam, which will be quite evident in the compositions performed by the students.
Accompanying the students on tabla will be Monish Chakraborti, a resident of Port Coquitlam for the past 17 years.
His first guru was his father-in-law, the late Shri Anil Roy Chowdhury. He later continued his training from Shri Anthony Das. Chakraborti has been playing tabla for the past 25 years and conducts classes as well from his PoCo home.
To register for this free concert, call the library's registration line at 604-937-4155 or phone Teresa Rehman, community services librarian, at 604-937-4140, Ext. 234.
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