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PHOTO: Classical Indian musician visits Sylvania
Photos and Story by James Hill
“Rose Okada and Friends” played the tablas, tambura and sitar for Sylvia Gray’s “History of India and the Subcontinent” class at Sylvania. The presentation was part of the ongoing Asian Studies Lecture Series. Okada is a musician and teacher of classical Indian music. The audience of 12 was transfixed by the gentle, nature-like rhythms created by tablas, tambura and sitar, before engaging in a question-and-answer session with the visiting musicians.
The performance was the first installment of the Asian Studies Lecture Series during the spring term. Next up: “Partitioning of India: A Blessing or A Disaster?,” a presentation by Pritam Rohila representing the Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (www.asiapeace.org). Rohila’s lecture is slated for Thursday, May 28, at Sylvania, at 10 a.m. in SS 109. All are welcome.