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April 17, 2006

Indian Classical Vocal Music Concert To Be Held April 21 At UI

The Gundecha brothers, renowned musicians from India, will be featured in a concert of Indian classical vocal music at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The event is organized by the Indian cultural organization, Kala Mandali

"Kala Mandali is a small group of volunteers, mostly faculty and students at UI, who donate time and energy toward the mission of bringing good quality Indian Classical Music to the Iowa City area," said Praful Kelkar, event organizer and clinical associate professor of neurology.

There will be a free lecture and demonstration by the Gundecha brothers preceding the concert from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 20 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The Gundecha brothers come from the Dhrupad music tradition, which is believed to be one of the oldest existing forms of Indian classical music. According to Kelkar, Dhrupad singing is "music that flows from the heart and invokes peace and meditation."

The Gundecha brothers have performed in all the major music festivals in India and have toured extensively in the United States and Europe. They have won several prestigious awards and have released many CDs.

For more information about the artists and about Dhrupad music, visit their web site at http://www.dhrupad.org/.

General admission tickets to the concert by the Gundecha brothers will be $15 at the door (UI students $7), and may also be purchased in advance at Masala, Om and India Mix in downtown Iowa City.

For more information on the concert, call Praful Kelkar at 319-338-2048.

The concert by the Gundecha brothers is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program, International Programs and the School of Music.

Kala Mandali is a non-profit, volunteer organization affiliated with the University of Iowa Foundation. It was founded in 1985 to promote South Asian arts and to enrich the curriculum of the UI Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Kala Mandali has brought several top artists from India since that time.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Praful Kelkar, 319-338-2048; Writer: Kelli Andresen