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Sitar Concert by Arjun Verma with Naren Budhakar on Tabla *

Fri, Jul 05

8:00 PM

Admission $20 / members $15 / included in overnight guest rate

A special musical offering in celebration of Ananda Ashram's 60th Anniversary, presented by sitarist Arjun Verma who is a student of his father Acharya Roop Verma and of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.
Accompanied by Naren Budhakar on Tabla.

Preceded by Meditation Program beginning at 7:00 PM (by donation).

Arjun Verma, sitarist, began performing at the age of seven. He is a student of his father Acharya Roop Verma and of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, with whom he studied for eight years. Arjun has performed in the U.S., Europe and India, including at the United Nations in Geneva, Prague Castle in the Czech Republic and the Fillmore in San Francisco. He teaches Sitar and North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California and at the East-West School of Music at Ananda Ashram. Visit Arjun's website for more information.

Naren Budhakar was brought up in the Indian classical music tradition and began performing Tabla at a young age. A disciple of Tabla Maestro Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Naren has played with prominent instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers including Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj and Shaed Parvez. He has performed at prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe, providing Tabla accompaniment for various musical genres. He is also a disciple of Shri Aditya Khandwe, a virtuoso vocalist of the Gwalior style of classical Indian vocal music. Naren is co-director of the East-West School of Music at Ananda Ashram, teaching and performing regularly.