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“Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan” (Film)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by Film @ International House

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Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars, US/India 2011, 75 minutes.
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American born Alam Khan, son of legendary Indian sarodist Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, is traveling from California to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father. Ali Akbar Khan, who introduced Indian classical music to the US at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1955, was “The Emperor of Melody,” a national treasure in India and the US, a Grammy nominee, and according to renowned master violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin, “possibly the greatest musician in the world.” Alam finds it’s not always easy following a legend, so when he feels the weight of living up to his family’s North Indian Classical music tradition, he remembers his father’s advice: “Don’t worry, Play like a Lion!” Shot throughout India and California, Play like a Lion features Carlos Santana, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, blues slide guitarist Derek Trucks, jazz saxophone great John Handy, world class percussionist and tabla artist Ustad Zakir Hussain, master tabla player Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, master Indian flutist Pandit G. S. Sachdev, master sarodist Ustad Aashish Khan, and Alam Khan. With narration by Mark Cohen. Official Site


“Keeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settings”

Monday, April 8 at 5 pm
Room 200, College Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by the South Asia Center


Allyn Miner (moderator)
University of Pennsylvania
Robert Browning
World Music Institute, New York
Samir Chatterjee
Nayan Ghosh
Sangit Mahabharati Academy
and IIT-Bombay

Enayet Hossain
Aimrec and Sangeetpedia
Panelist Biographies

The Raga Samay Festival will conclude with an informal discussion reflecting on how the weekend’s concerts fit into the world of Indian classical music today. Panelists will include scholars, artists, concert organizers, and teachers who have worked in India, the US, and other countries and represent a variety of generational and geographical backgrounds.

In the past, Hindustani clasical music has been rooted in local traditions and patterns of daily and seasonal life. Most ragas are ideally performed at specific times of day or year, and gharanas — many named after the towns where their founders lived — were passed down by disciples receiving instruction within their gurus’ households. However, the last century has changed how people (and which people) learn, perform, and listen to music of all genres. Technological, social, political, and economic developments have all affected musical culture in South Asia, while migration and globalization have created a worldwide audience and concert circuit including expatriates, their children and grandchildren, and many people with no personal connection at all.


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Indian paintings, sculpture, decorative objects, textiles, and architectural elements

At the heart of the Department of Indian and Himalayan Art’s holdings stands an extraordinary 16th-century temple hall, its carved stone pillars and relief panels setting the stage for a distinguished collection of nearly 3,000 works of art. Highlights include very early Indian Buddhist images of the Gupta and Kushana periods, and sculpture from the Medieval Hindu temples of northern and southern India. Bequest including paintings and sculptures of both human and divine figures, embroidered textiles and other examples of folk art, vibrant Indian “miniature” paintings have helped ensure the Museum’s place as home to one of the finest collections of South Asian art in the country.


Twelve Gates Arts

51 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Through a unique and thought- provoking atmosphere, Twelve Gates Arts aims to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.

Twelve Gates Arts is a non profit organization created with the aim to showcase international and South Asian arts bound by the sensibilities of a transnational identity, to compose and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about culture as ‘other.’