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March 13, 2003

Indian Musician Gives Only U.S. Concert At UI March 28

Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, considered one of the most accomplished living artists of classical Indian music, will present a free concert on the sarod, a guitar-like stringed instrument found in the Hindustani classical tradition of northern India, with Anil Datar accompanying on tabla drums, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in Room 101 of the University of Iowa Becker Communications Studies Building (BCSB).

During his visit to the UI, Das Gupta will also present a workshop for the UI's World Music course, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building. The workshop will be free and open to the public.

The concert and workshop will be Das Gupta's only appearances in the United States this season.

Das Gupta is regarded as a living legend, a virtuoso performer who has created a uniquely modern style rooted in a profound knowledge and feeling for Indian raga music. Along with Vilayat Khan, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, he is known for having defined instrumental music in North India after independence.

Das Gupta was born in Bihar in 1933. For a period of 38 years he undertook a regimen of practice and study under Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitre, a celebrated performer and teacher. Mohan Maitre was known not only for his brilliance of technique but also for his scrupulous attention to the correct exposition of ragas and for his vast repertoire. These qualities were passed to Das Gupta, considered to be his foremost student.

Das Gupta has recorded for HMV, Nimbus, Indian Archive Music and Raga Records. A scholar as well as a musician, he recently contributed to Nimbus Records' 4 CD "Raga Guide" and to "Alap," a book and 10 CD introduction to Hindustani music.

Das Gupta was invited to the UI by T.M. Scruggs, who teaches the World Music class. An ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean, Scruggs has taught at the UI for several years. His work focuses on the use of music in constructing social identity. In 1995 he founded the UI Steel Pan ensemble, the first world music performance group at the UI.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu. Program: Professor Scruggs, 319-335-1617, tm-scruggs@uiowa.edu.