April 3, 2014

Laxmi G. Tewari to Perform Sacred Music of North India

Pandit Laxmi G. Tewari

North Indian vocalist Laxmi G. Tewari will perform Indian ragas and devotional songs at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. His accompanists will include Vivek Datar, harmonium; Ravi Gutala, tabla; and Rami Ziadeh, tambura.

Pandit Tewari, who has taught ethnomusicology at Sonoma State University since 1974, is a recognized scholar and performer who has done extensive fieldwork in India, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Fiji, Ghana and Zimbabwe. His most recent book, Music of the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad, chronicles the oral traditions of the descendants of indentured Indian laborers in Trinidad.

Tickets are $15, parking included, with discounts for students and seniors. Admission is free for SSU students with ID. Buy tickets online or call the university box office at (707) 664-4246. Tickets will be available at the door.

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance at Rohnert Park Expressway near Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in lots O and L. Campus map.




Laxmi G. Tewari received extensive training in Hindustani classical vocal music at Banaras Hindu University, under the guidance of renowned Indian artists Dr. Lalmani Misra, Pandit Madhav Vaman Thakar, and Professor B. R. Deodhar. He completed his Doctor of Music degree in 1967.
            Dr. Tewari has taken great interest in studying and collecting the folk musics of India and Turkey and has produced three records and three compact discs from his field recordings: Turkish Village Music (Nonesuch), Folk Music of India: Uttar Pradesh (Lyrichord), Nectar of the Moon: Vichitra Vina Music of Northern India (Nonesuch), Folk Music of Uttar Pradesh (IITM, Berlin), and India: Vicitra Vina Music of Pandit Lalmani Misra (UNESCO) and Trinidad: Music from the North Indian Tradition (UNESCO).  His own singing is available on the Alam-Madina label (Laxmi G. Tewari: Master Indian Classical Vocalist), as well as on two compact discs (Morning Glory and Bhajan: A Rainbow of Devotional Songs).  He has also published four books from his research: Sangitendu Pandit Lalmani ji Misra: Ek Pratibhavan Sangitagya,  A Splendor of Worship:  Women's Fasts, Rituals,  Stories, and Art, (Manohar,India), and Music of the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad (Caribbean Studies Press, Florida).


Vivek Datar studied with Pandit Vinayakrao Kale of Gwalior gharana. He is well known in the music circle in California for his tender accompaniment.  A computer engineer, he lives in the South Bay.


Ravi Gutala started his initial training in tabla at the age of eight under Shri P. Anjaiah, a staff artiste at All India Radio, Hyderabad, India.  For several years he has been under the tutelage of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri.   He has accompanied many noted musicians and has been the recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship awarded by the government of India.  He currently resides in Santa Clara and designs semiconductor memories for a living.


Born in Jordan, Rami Ziadeh is currently studying classical Indian vocals with Pandit Laxmi G. Tewari.

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