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October 5, 1998


BALTIMORE - UMBC's 15th Annual Indian Music and Dance Competition will be held Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 22 in UMBC's Fine Arts Recital Hall. The competition, which celebrates the traditions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, features performers from across the United States. The event kicks off with a Friday evening concert by Ustad Vilayat Khan, one of the world's most distinguished sitar players, giving his only Baltimore/Washington area performance.

Ustad Vilayat Khan occupies a pre-eminent place in the world of classical instrumental music. Recognized internationally as one of India's greatest musicians, there are few to equal him in his mastery over the sitar. He revolutionized sitar performance through his introduction of the gayaki ang, or vocal style. His distinctive vocal approach is the most imitated in the world. Khan has performed for many distinguished audiences, including the queen of England and the king of Afghanistan. The New York Times calls him "an amazing virtuoso," The Statesman of India calls him "a god," and Le Monde (Paris) has described his work as "phenomenal."

The Friday evening concert begins at 8 p.m. in UMBC's Fine Arts Recital Hall. Seating is limited, reservations are suggested. For more information and tickets to the Indian Music and Dance Festival call 410-455-0124 or email

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Posted by dwinds1 at October 5, 1998 12:00 AM