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Announcement:Spring 2008 Concert Tour Opens Wasif Ensemble In Concert

Dagarvani is pleased to announce the schedule for dhrupad concerts by Ustad F Wasifuddin Dagar assisted by Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma on Pakhawaj. The concert tour begin on April 3, 2008 with a concert at University of North Alabama. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is supporting the performances of Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma with Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar during this tour. Current Schedule of Events is included below.

Concert  : 6:00PM, April 3, 2008. SPIC-MACAY, University of North Alabama Location  : Performance Center at the Guillot University Center, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL Contact  : Santanu Baruah, 256-765-4605 Open to public.

Concert  : 8:00PM, April 5, 2008. World Music Institute, NY Location  : Peter Norton Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th St, New York, NY Contact  : WMI, 212-545-7536 $27 Regular/$15 Students

Concert  : 9:30AM, April 6, 2008. Indian Academy of Performing Arts (IAPA), NJ Location  : The Dhruv Residence, 25 Dutch Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Contact  : Krishna Hegde, 732-821-7251 $20/$15 Members

Concert  : 7:00PM, April 10, 2008. Yale University Location  : MacMillan Center (Luce Hall) auditorium,34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT Contact  : Geetanjali Chanda, 203-436-4645 Open to public.

Concert  : April 18, 2008, Woodstock, NY Location  : Woodstock, NY Contact  : Martin Brading, 845-679-2625, martinbrading108 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

Concert  : 7:30PM, April 22, 2008, Asia Society, Washington DC Location  : Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 Contact  : Alka Khanna, 202-414-2808 Open to public.

Concert  : April 27, 2008, Richmond, VA Location  : Srivastva and Shahabuddin residence, Richmond, VA Contact  : Shabnam Arora, 301-564-0089 Details to be added.

Concert  : 8:00PM, May 02, Sangati Center, San Francisco, CA Location  :The Sangati Center, 3049 22nd Street, SF, CA 94110 Contact  : Sangati Center, info AT sangaticenter.org $15 - $30

Concert  : 7:30PM, May 03, 2008, Stanford University, CA Location  : Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University. Contact  : Nikhil Ravi, nikhilr AT stanford EDU Open to public. There is also a weeklong dhrupad workshop at Stanford following the concert.

Concert  : 7:30PM, May 11, 2008, Albuquerque,NM Location  : Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, 2 blocks south of Central,Albuquerque,NM Contact  : Outpost Performance Space, 505-268-0044 $22/$17 Members & Students

Concert : 7:30PM, May 30, 2008, Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin Location : Texas Union Auditorium, 2247 Guadalupe,Austin TX Contact  : ICMCA,512-448-6740 $20/$10 students

Concert  : 7:30PM, May 31, 2008, Indian Classical Music Circle of Dallas /Fort Worth Location  : Jonsson Performance Hall, UT - Dallas Contact  : ICMC, 214-336-3459 $25/$15students

Concert: June 7, 2008, Charlotte, North Carolina Location: 6506 Silver Fox Road, Charlotte, NC Contact: Sarla Kumar 704-846 4423, sksangeet AT carolina.rr DOT com Details to be added. Additional events in the Baltimore/Washington Area and Austin/TX area may be added soon. In addition the musicians are available for individual vocal and percussion training during the tour for which arrangements may be made separately.


Ustad F Wasifuddin Dagar, dhrupad singer.

Ustad F.Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th successive generation of dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the youngest of the well-known “Dagar brothers”, and the grandson of Ustads Nasiruddin Dagar and Hussainuddin Dagar. He has received Dagarvani dhrupad training from his father as well as other Dagar stalwarts of his father’s generation. Being his generation’s flagbearer of the Dagar family tradition, he is a popular and highly-regarded musician on the Hindustani music scene in India and elsewhere. His singing is noted for elaborate and subtle alaps,delicate voice modulations and powerful gamaks. For detailed biographical and bibliographical information, see his page.

Mohan Shyam Sharma, pakhawaj The leading pakhawaj master of his generation, Mohan has held the distinguished classification of an A-grade Artist of All India Radio since 1987. He has participated in a variety of prestigious local and national radio and television programs since that time. His accomplishments include a wide range of accompanying performances with the leading practitioners of vocal and instrumental music in the ancient Dhrupad style. He has appeared widely in performances in Europe, Great Britain, the former Soviet Union, Japan and throughout South Asia. His performances included three appearances with the legendary Ravi Shankar, including a major concert in New York City at Carnegie Hall.

They will be accompanied by Qamar Dagar, and Laurence Bastit on the tanpuras.

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For more information, please contact dagarvani at dhrupad (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

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