Tickets are now available for Cameron University’s India Night, a celebration of the culture and heritage of India. The event takes place on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The keynote address by Dr. T.K. Bhattacharya will be followed by a performance by world-renowned musicians Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and Subrata Bhattacharya. Ajanta Cuisine of India, an Oklahoma City restaurant/caterer, will serve a mouth-watering dinner featuring authentic Indian fare. General admission tickets are $15 and $5 for students. For tickets, contact Brandy Scott at 581-2842.
In his keynote presentation, Dr. Bhattacharya will address the impact on the United States of the re-emergence of India and China. Respected for his expertise in finance and economics, he is Professor Emeritus in the Cameron University School of Business and Funds Manager for the Cameron Foundation. Dr. Bhattacharya is the recipient of the SWOTA Distinguished Research Award, the Hackler Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence. He is a member of the CUAA Faculty Hall of Fame.
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya displays his mastery on the santoor, a type of hammered dulcimer which has more than 90 strings. He has been hailed as a pioneering and revolutionary musician who has changed the face of Indian classical music. In 1980, he demonstrated the ability to “meend” or glide notes at the lower octave of the santoor, something that had never been done before, thereby changing the art of playing santoor. Stylistically, his varying use of tones and timbres sets him apart from other santoor players, and his innovative performance techniques and improvisations have resulted in a deeper and more classical sound for the santoor.
He is a visiting professor at the Nupur Dance Academy in Torrance, Calif., a school for Indian classical music and dance and also serves as Rotary International’s Global Ambassador for Peace & Goodwill.
The solo performances of noted tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya reveal his knowledge of the art of percussion and his creativity. He has performed at festivals and venues around the world, including Fete de la Musique in Paris, the Chicago World Music Festival, the Ravi Shakar concert series at the University of Texas, and Klassische Indische Musik, Hannover, Germany. Bhattacharya is the co-founder of Rhythm and Raag, an institute for Indian performing arts in Chicago. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Urbana in Champaign, Ill., and as Artist-In-Residence at the Channing Murray Foundation. Renowned as both a soloist and accompanist of classical Indian music, he also experiments with fusion music as evidenced by his album “Naad -The Everlasting Sound.” Mingling Eastern, Middle Eastern and Western styles of music, Bhattacharya has been a part of the Chicago-based Indo-Jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its inception.
India Night is funded by the Ajay and Shireen Bhargava Endowed Lectureships in India Studies and International Studies and Cameron University.
September 10, 2011