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Oct.4, 1996

Indian flutist, guitar play to give free campus concert

Two well-known performers of Indian classical music will give a free concert in Fisher Theater at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

The concert will feature a flute recital by Hariprasad Chaurasia and a guitar recital by Grammy Award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The concert is presented by the Society of Indian Tradition and Arts, an ISU student organization.

Chaurasia is considered a virtuoso on the Baansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, and is known for his imaginative interpretations of classical compositions. He has been given the title of Padmabhushan, one of the highest civilian awards that can be bestowed on an Indian national. He will be accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee.

Grammy Award winner Bhatt modified the western acoustic guitar by changing the main strings and adding a number of "sympathetic strings."

He is known for combining vocal and instrumental styles in his interpretations of classical and light classical compositions. He won the 1994 Grammy Award for the Best Album of the Year in the world music category for his composition A Meeting by the River. He is accompanied by Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari.

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