Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Indian Classical Legend Sings in Walden this Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Pandit Jasraj
  • Pandit Jasraj

Amid all the recurring Fourth of July festivities this weekend, the Hudson Valley is getting a rare visit by one of the living legends of Indian classical music: vocalist Pandit Jasraj, who on Saturday performs at the Shanti Mandir ashram’s 51 Muktanada Marg facility in Walden. The concert is a benefit for Shanti Mandir, an organization offering meditation, yoga, chanting, healthy food, and workshops and retreats, as well as charitable activities including a mobile health clinic, eye-treatment camps, and other efforts.

Also known as Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, the singer is a fourth-generation exponent of the Mewati gharana, one of the most prominent Hindustani clans of classical music apprenticeship. (His father, Pandit Motiram, was a noted Mewati musician himself.) Jasraj has a formidable three-and-a-half-octave range, and performs in the modal and heavily improvised style called khayal. Here he is, doing exactly that, on a transcendental live rendition of “Raga Purvi”:

Pandit Jasraj will perform at 51 Muktanada Marg in Walden, New York, on July 5 at 7pm. The concert will be followed by a serving of authentic Indian snacks and other refreshments. Donations are requested. For further information, call (845) 778-1008 or visit www.shantimandir.com.

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