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March 13: Concert features acclaimed classical Indian musician

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—A concert of classical Indian music will be presented March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hodson Theater in Rosenstock Auditorium at Hood College.

Acclaimed musician Alif Laila will perform on the sitar, a stringed instrument with a long hollow neck and a gourd-resonating chamber used throughout the Indian subcontinent. Anubarta Chatterjee will accompany her on the tabla, a popular Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional Indian music.

Laila was trained in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the College of Fine Arts. In 1988 she moved to the United States where she continued her study of music with famed Indian classical musicians. Laila has performed in concert at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and overseas at venues including the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, India, and London's Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre. She has performed and recorded with world-renowned tabla artists, and has released six CDs featuring the Indian classical sitar. Laila also has developed audiovisual productions showcasing her music, including Hridayaragam (Melodies of The Heart), which was recorded in Kerala, South India. Laila is currently transcribing Indian classical compositions to Western notation and will soon release two new CDs, Chakra (Cycle of Energy) and Amma, a tribute to motherhood.

There is no charge for admission and tickets are not required.

For further information about the concert, contact Noel Lester, concert manager, at 301-696-3429.