Sept. 14, 2004

Prasanna and Gomes


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Gallery Series at Bucknell University opens Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

"An Evening of Indian Music" features music by Thokchom Prasanna, sitar (a long-necked string instrument), and Polash Gomes, tabla (a set of two drums).

One of the world's leading sitar players, Prasanna won the 1994 solo recital for the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Md. He has participated in events throughout the United States including solo concert recitals and educational workshops for the Maryland Jazz and Dance Groups as well as performances at Columbia University, Virginia University, the United Nations, the Brooklyn Arts Museum and the Indian Consulate.

Gomes founded the Rageshree Music Institute in 1991 to introduce the art of Northern Indian classical music to the American culture. He has performed in concerts and given lecture-demonstrations throughout the United States.

The performance, which is open to the public without charge, is one in a series of world music concerts presented by Bucknell's Gallery Series in the past few years, beginning with the Chinese Pipa player, Wu Man.

The Gallery Series at Bucknell is a continuing series of performance art and experimental music, funded in part by grants from Meet the Composer and the Bucknell department of music.

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