UAB students to enjoy master class with acclaimed Indian musicians

The master class April 15 with Indian slide guitar master Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and ethnic percussionist Pandit Subhen Chatterjee is open to the public.

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Grammy Award-winning Indian slide guitarist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and tabla player Pandit Subhen Chatterjee will present a free master class on Indian music to students and faculty in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Music.

The master class is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. The master class is open to the public.

Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful “Indianisation” of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod and veena techniques, by giving it an evolutionary design and shape and by adding 14 more strings, according to his website profile. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is an expressive, versatile slide player whose powerhouse performances electrify audiences around the world.

Internationally acclaimed for his energetic yet sensitive performances, ethnic percussionist Chatterjee is known for his unique, distinctive style of playing. He created India’s leading fusion band Karma and has worked with Peter Gabriel’s World Organization of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival. His latest project with Karma is Bandish Fusion, which combines Indian music with elements of contemporary jazz, Afro-Cuban and Mediterranean music.

Bhatt and Chatterjee will give a free performance with Notinee Indian Dance at the Birmingham Museum of Art from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, presented by the Indian Cultural Society and the BMA.

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