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Sun. May 24 7:00pm
Smita Nagdev with New Directions in Indian Classical Music (India & San Francisco)
Classical Indian Concert for Sitar, Percussion & Voice
Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason
$25 Reserved Seating, $20 in advance. Series Discounts Available.
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Presented by SFIAF, the Sangati Center and the Asian Art Museum.

Indian sitarist Smita Nagdev will be joined in a second joint concert by a Bay Area ensemble commissioned in 2009 by the San Francisco Foundation entitled New Directions in Indian Classical Music featuring the celebrated 2008 Miles From India Tour's energetic drumming talent, Anantha R. Krishnan on the South Indian mridangam barrel drum, along with the ecstatic vocal style of Sangati Center founder Gautam Tejas Ganeshan accompanied by tanpura drone lutes and Debopriyo "Bubai" Sarkar on tabla.

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New Directions in Indian Classical Music

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New Directions explores the ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music. With an all-acoustic, chamber-music focus, rooted in the Sangati Center's intimate aesthetic (SF's Indian classical music art-house), the group performs new music from within an old tradition. Vocalist Gautam Tejas Ganeshan frees carnatic vocal virtuosity to access its angular outer reaches, and mridangist Anantha R. Krishnan contributes an unflinching, intelligent intensity on the mridangam, South India's barrel-drum with a sophisticated technique and powerful repertoire.

The Sangati Center
The Sangati Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chamber music venue and community center focused on Indian classical music (ICM) in San Francisco. Founded in 2006 by Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, the Sangati Center has since hosted more than 200 public concerts of ICM, making it one of the most active and unique venues of its kind in the city - a public art-house focused on a traditional art form.

Not only have some of the greatest artists in the robust worldwide community of ICM been brought to SF to perform in its beautiful, small performance space, where no listener is more than a few feet from the musicians, and where all concerts are presented acoustically, but many from the Bay Area's own startlingly vibrant community of concert-level musicians can now be found performing at the Sangati Center regularly.

The Sangati Center hosts concert performances nearly every week of the year, as well as classes and workshops introducing ICM to newcomers and developing an audience and a community for one of the world's most subtle, rigorous, and beautiful art forms.

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