“An Evening of Indian Ragas and Talas”

Event time: 
Friday, October 6, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 101 (Auditorium) See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Join the Iberian Soundscapes conference (October 6-7) for “An Evening of Indian Ragas and Talas” on Friday, October 6, from 6-7PM in Luce Hall Auditorium. Featuring Stephen Slawek on the sitar, Samir Chatterjee on the tabla, and Deepika Slawek on the tempura.

Professor Emeritus Stephen Slawek, a senior disciple of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, enjoys an international reputation as a foremost exponent and teacher of the Indian sitar. During his four-decade career at the University of Texas at Austin he added an Asianist perspective to the curricular offerings of the ethnomusicology program in the Butler School of Music, specializing in the musical traditions of South Asia, but with secondary interests in Southeast Asian music and American popular music. His publications draw upon extensive field experience and personal studies of performance practice in India. He has supervised numerous doctoral students, many of whom are now enjoying careers in academia. He is a past editor of Asian Music, the Journal of the Society for Asian Music, and has served as Second Vice President of the Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and as Chair of the Ethnomusicology Committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on society and all aspects of his work reflect this conviction.

Deepika Slawek, MD, MS is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. She is a physician and clinical researcher in the Bronx, NY and her work focuses on HIV care and addiction medicine. Outside of work, Deepika has learned Hindustani music since childhood from her parents, and engaged in formal sitar training throughout college and medical school. She is privileged to have learned from Dr. Stephen Slawek, Anita Slawek, and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

No advance registration required.