One of India's renowned music masters, sarod virtuoso Rajeev Taranath, brings a rare performance of classical South Asian music to University of Puget Sound. Accompanied by Abhiman Kaushal on the tabla, the duo will perform ragas—intricate forms of colorfully improvised melodies and rhythms—which have drawn accolades on their many international tours.
"Rajeev Taranath's sarod improvisations… an exuberant rhythmic celebration," says The New York Times. A distinguished disciple of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Rajeev Taranath is the recipient of the Indian government's highest award in the arts in 1999 for outstanding achievement in the classical music field. In performances throughout the world, he has been acclaimed for his technical virtuosity, inspired imagination, and emotional range. Taranath's credentials as a researcher and educator are as impressive as his track record as an artist. A noted linguist and lover of language, he speaks eight languages fluently and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Mysore. As a Ford Foundation scholar, he researched one of the most important lineages of classical Indian music, the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana. Additionally, from 1995 to 2005, Taranath served on the music faculty of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Abhiman Kaushal has accompanied most of the leading musicians, singers, and dancers of North Indian classical music. He has toured around the world performing in prestigious venues. He has numerous recordings and world music collaborations. He has recorded a soundtrack for National Geographic's Man Eaters of North India and for the movie Zoolander, and has performed for MTV's Aerosmithicon show in front of a live audience. Recently he was the solo featured musician for the acclaimed electronic dance drama Ramayana 2k3, which won rave reviews in Los Angeles and New York City.
Tickets are $8 general admission, discount with Puget Sound ID, available in advance at Wheelock Information Center or online at tickets.pugetsound.edu. Presented by ASUPS Performing Arts.