Kuntala Ray will perform October 24
UNC Asheville will celebrate the culture and
heritage of India with two special events on October 24. Both are
free and open to the public.
"Passport to India" will be held 11 a.m.-noon in UNC Asheville's
Alumni Hall, lower level of Highsmith University Union. The event
will feature informational booths devoted to Indian food, clothes,
music, dance and art presented by UNC Asheville students, faculty
Accomplished classical Indian musicians Kuntala Ray and Dibyarka
Chatterjee will perform at 7 p.m. in the Grotto, lower level of
Highsmith University Union. Ray, who holds a degree in science from
Calcutta University, has studied music since childhood. The most
senior student of Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, Ray is the only female
hansa veena player in India. She performs traditional ragas, which
are Indian classical music melodic modes. Ray has performed
throughout India and the southeastern United States. Tabla player
Chatterjee was recognized as a child prodigy in his home state of
Kolkata. Now an American resident, Chatterjee performs widely across
the country and has played at such venues as the Indian Consulate in
New York City, the Lincoln Center and Place des Arts in Montreal.
A performance by traditional Odissi dancer Pratibha Jena Singh will
wrap up the evening concert. Daughter of the late Guru Surendra Nath
Jena, Singh performs the classical Indian dance from Orissa, which
incorporates hand gestures, rhythmic steps and facial expressions to
enact stories from Hindu mythology. She has performed and taught
classes throughout India, Russia and the United States.
Singh will also be leading Indian Dance Master Classes while in
Asheville. For a complete schedule of these free courses,
For more information, call UNC Asheville's Cultural & Special Events
Office at 828/251-6991.