Indian Music and Dance show brings culture to Kent

Megan Rozsa

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cartwright Auditorium

Price: Free to all Kent State students and all public school students.

$12.50 for Kent State faculty/staff.

$20.50 for general admission adults

$15.50 for senior citizens

Music from India seems to have played a major role in the way other world music has developed. To celebrate this phenomenon, Ann Waters of Kent Classic Arts is holding a Classical Indian Music and Dance show Saturday.

“The world is so small,” Waters said. “It has had such a perceptible interest in world music and India is a major player in our world technology.”

She chose an Indian music show because there is a huge community of Indian residents in Cleveland, Solon and Akron. She said this is a good offering for them.

Waters has collaborated with professor emeritus T.N. Bhargava to bring a group of Indian musicians and a dancer to Kent State. Bhargava started in an Indian music circle when he was at Kent State and the last Indian performance he was involved in was well received.

“We tried to put together a group without busting our budget,” Bhargava said. “I talked to the Indian Classic Music Society of Cleveland and we got together a good variation of nationally and internationally known group of people.”

The show features an eclectic assembly of Indian instruments including a sitar, flute, tabla, veena, and mridangam. Also being showcased will be famous Bollywood dancer, Archana Joglekar, dancing in the second half of the show to a traditional Indian dance, Kathak.

Waters said the dancer visually tells the story while the musicians provide the music.

“This is a stellar group of players,” Waters said. “We have never had this many musicians at once. The good thing is that they actually interact and talk with the audience.”

Bhargava said this show will give the audience a wonderful feeling of the language of music.

“Music is a universal language,” Bhargava said, “And it tells more about the culture. Dance is also universal. To see the culture, you need to get the music.”

Contact visual and performing arts reporter Megan Rozsa at [email protected].