Fri 6 Oct BEMAC - "Made in India"

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FRIDAY 6 October 2006 - 8.00pm

A gifted Veena player, a renowned percussionist, a sophisticated sitar artist, and an experienced vocalist will render the audience speechless at the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) Cultivart event 'Made in India' on Friday 6 October 2006.

As part of its Cultivart series 2006, BEMAC presents four brilliant Brisbane-based artists, all with different musical experiences nonetheless united by one element - their passion for true Indian music.

Let loose with Rajyashree Josyer Shrikanth as she shows how a national instrument - the Veena - is skillfully played in delightful Gayaki (vocalist) style.

The plucked string instrument, central to Carnatic (South Indian) music, will be jovially joined by another prestigious instrument, the Tabla, commanded by Master Tabla Dheeraj Shrestha.

A professional musician and passionate teacher, Dheeraj Shrestha ha sestablished a global profile as India's renowned Tabla player and Australia's leading Indian percussionist, having toured countries such as UK, Canada, USA and Southeast Asia and performed locally including SydneyArts Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festival.

Music has always occupied a central place in the imagination of Indians but it is even more fascinating when a foreigner takes interest in a traditional Indian instrument such as a sitar.

Huib Schippers, currently directing the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University, belongs to the first generation of western sitar players to perform in India, learning from world-renowned Ali Akbar Khan, regarded by many as the most impressive Indian instrumentalist of the twentieth century.

Rahim Zullah, though born in the foreign land of Fiji, is not so foreign to Indian Classical music. Coming from a family of Indian music lovers, Rahim has given several solo and group performances through local and international multicultural festivals and concerts, cleverly using his voiceto share his rich heritage and culture.

Tickets are sold at $16 full price - concession and member discounts available. For bookings, phone BEMAC on (07) 3391 4433.

Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre is a non-profit organisation working to foster cultural diversity through and within the arts.

Contact: Ana Barassi
Arts Development Coordinator
3391 4433/ 0400 135 597

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