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Improvised Indian Classical Music concert Friday in Chicago


Improvised Indian Classical Music
South Asian Sound Interventions Series

The Department of Music and Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) present
Sandip tabla
South Asian Sound Interventions
A balanced regional representation of classical, popular, and vernacular musical repertories, this performing arts series provides opportunities for sustained engagement with South Asian artists and art worlds in our community. Guided by professional performers renowned for their originality, these events explore intersections of pedagogy and creative innovation in musical practices situated outside the canonic traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

Friday, December 2 at 12:00 PM
Fulton Recital Hall

Sandip Burman: tabla, tabla tarang & sitar
John Gardner: harmonica

Free Admission

Sandip Burman, a native of Durgapur, India, is an accomplished Indian Classical musician. His love and dedication of tabla began at age 6 when he began learning from Shri Sudhir Roy and later he became a student of the late distinguished tabla master, Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta. Sandip-ji is the first generation of musicians in his family and without the backing of a reputed musical heritage, it is an unyielding dedication and enthusiasm that has driven him to continually challenge himself as a student and to grow musically beyond tabla playing and into four different instruments: tabla, tabla tarang, sitar and voice also. His international tours include five to seven countries each year.  Some of his accomplishments include solo performances at the Kennedy Center, First Night Providence, Ravinia Festival, Percussive Arts Society Conference (PASIC) and Nashville Symphony.


John Gardner is a versatile harmonica player from San Antonio, TX. In 2005 he relocated to Chicago where he became immersed in the city's electric Blues tradition as a student of the esteemed bluesman Matteo Steinmetz and soon-after began studying Indian Ghandarva Ved music with Pandit Sandip Burman. John's most recent performances include the SummerDays Festival in Ft. Benton, MN; the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, CT & Yishun Town Collegiate in Singapore.

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7 years of UMBangla

This December, that means in this December, 2011, UMBangla blog will complete her 6 years of online life. I do not comment here often. This is my students' blog. They use it to record their conversations , their projcts. I am so proud of them. How creative they are in using their limited knowledge of Bangla. It seems that they always enjoy what they do.

Bangla Program in the University of Michigan is not any more. I am using this blog for the students of University of Chicago and SASLI students since 2007. I will keep this blog as long as my students will enjoy creating something with Bangla and people enjoy viewing and listening to them. The comments from the viewers are valuable to the students. Thanks to you all.

Mandira Bhaduri