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Carnatic Music Ensemble to Appear at Hamilton College

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Posted April 17, 1998
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The Hamilton Performing Arts Series presents an evening of Indian music by the Carnatic Music Ensemble on Friday, April 17, 1998 at 8:00 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. The Carnatic Music Ensemble is comprised of Geetha Ramanathan Bennett (veena and vocal artist), Frank Bennett (percussion) and Rusty Gillette (ghatam).

The musicians of the Carnatic Music Ensemble are exponents of one of the oldest musical styles in the world, the classical music of India. They have performed throughout South India playing concerts under the sponsorship of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Indian studies and the Indian Government. Recent appearances in the United States include performances at UCLA, the California Institute of the Arts, Wesleyan University and Yale University.

Carnatic music is the classical music of South India. Its many features are entirely unique in conception and are executed by the artists in an extemporaneous manner. The essence and greatness of Carnatic music lies in its delicate quarter-tones, graces and sliding and slurring subtleties, which are not to be found in the music of any other part of the world. Like North Indian music (Hindustani music), Carnatic music is also based on rgas (melodic forms) and Talas (rhythmic cycles).

Tickets for the Carnatic Music Ensemble concert at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information, call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Ticket Office at (315) 859-4331.

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