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April 23: Performance of Indian Classical Music by the great Amjad Ali Khan

Performance by one of Indian classical music's greatest artists and his sons ... plus a fine Indian dinner

When: Saturday April 23 -- Concert at 5:30 PM, dinner at 8:00 PM

Where: University of Indianapolis -- concert in Christel de Haan Fine Arts Center, dinner in Schweitzer Center

If you have eaten at a nice Indian restaurant, you may have heard a sarod playing in the background. If you gave it some thought, you probably thought "that's a sitar" ... but a sarod is smaller, sits on the player's lap. And if you heard a recording of a sarod, it was probably played by Amjad Ali Khan, one of the greats of Indian classical music. He represents the sixth generation of Bangash Khans, descendent of a family that came to the Moghul court in the mid-seventeenth century from Afghanistan to create the sarod and perfect its playing. It's serious and beautiful music that must be heard: take a listen.

Amjad Ali Khan coming to Indianapolis is a big event, an opportunity that should not be missed. Think of a visit by Chopin or Liszt (if they weren't, you know, dead). He has played with many of the world's major symphonies, has been the subject of many documentaries and books, has received the highest awards from the governments of India and other countries and from UNESCO and UNICEF. And on April 23 he will perform with his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, the seventh generation of this remarkable family.

This event is sponsored by the India Association of Indianapolis and Tata Consultancy.

Dinner and the concert are $40. Full time students can attend just the concert for $20. For tickets or information contact Archana Thaker at (317) 698-9039 or athaker@firstindiana.com.

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