Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri multi-media Tabla Solo
LACMA’s epic exhibition India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow (December 12, 2010 - February 27, 2011) will culminate in a special interactive tabla performance featuring tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow Gharana.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Moderated by Fulbright Scholar Robin Sukhadia, this multimedia/instructional performance will examine, through live tabla performance and through projected images and research, how Lucknow’s culture converged the best living musicians, poets and arts patrons of the day to evolve the tradition of tabla, an extraordinary percussive instrument of the north Indian classical music tradition. Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri will perform tabla in short segments accompanied by explanation to create a richer understanding of the instrument itself, its language, and its importance in the overall artistic culture of Lucknow. Robin Sukhadia will facilitate a dialogue with Swapanji accompanied by projected video and photographs to give further historical and geographic context to the musical performance and its connection to the city of Lucknow.
Special focus will be placed on Swapanji’s own tabla lineage which is traced to the courts of Lucknow rulers, where tabla synthesized a wide range of other drumming traditions to become what it is today. Swapanji will recite and perform a wide range of compositions which parallel the dance traditions evolving in Lucknow. Insights into the process of learning tabla in Lucknow courts and its connection to Persian culture will be presented. He will also discuss the role of British colonialism towards the destruction of Lucknow, and its consequential impact on the spread of tabla and classical Indian music beyond Lucknow’s borders into north India and the world.
Guest performances by Debashish Chaudhuri (tabla), Rina Mehta (kathak dance), Ben Kunin (sarode), Antara Bhardwah (vocal), and Javad Butah (tabla).
Cost: LACMA members $18, general $25, seniors 62+ and students with ID $5 |
Please purchase tickets at: https://tx1.lacma.org/default.asp?cgCode=3&cgName=Music