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October 22, 2013

Carnatic singer Ahbishek Raghuram to perform at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Carnatic singer Ahbishek Raghuram will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations in association with the Indian Classical Music Association of Purdue.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. Join a member of the ICMAP community for a musical and historical introduction to the Carnatic music tradition.

Hailing from southern India, Abhishek Raghuram (ah-BEE-shake ra-GOO-ram) is a leading vocalist in the Carnatic music tradition of southern India. Long ago, Indian classical music split into two major divisions along geographic lines, with the north being more closely related to the music of Persia while music of the south became among the most rhythmically complex musical forms in the world. Raghuram, a child prodigy in a musical family, took up the two-headed drum known as the mridangam and began earning accolades as early as age 7.

Raghuram has developed his own voice within the form, and he may be on his way to creating a new bani, or school of style, of Indian classical music. Just as in many early forms of Western classical music and the ongoing tradition of jazz, improvisation on a theme or scale - or, in this case, a raga - is where the discipline of training meets artistry in the moment. Joining Raghuram to set his harmonic and rhythmic world in motion will be B.U. Ganesh Prasad on the violin and Neyveli Narayanan on the mridangam.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts also are available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Contact: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: A publication-quality photograph is available at http://www.convocations.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/38_Abhishek_Raghuram_Vocal_vg.jpg