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  • MUSIC:
    East Meets West: Habib Khan Concert

    Accompanied by percussionist Sivamani and other musicians, sitarist Habib Khan recently presented a concert that brought together the music of the East and the West.
    A Siliconeer report.

    (Above): (Top): San Francisco Bay Area-based sitarist Habib Khan presented a series of performances recently with both Western and Eastern musicians and a host of students from his own music school. (Bottom): Percussionist Sivamani was one of the major attractions at Habib Khan’s concert.

    Sitarist Habib Khan recently presented two concerts which included performances by him and his students.

    In the first half of the performance, his students were accompanied by sarangi player Ramesh Mishra. Khan himself took the role of the conductor of a Western classical music concert. The orchestra of Hindustani and Western performers presented a composition of his which had a strong message of the essential unity of humanity. The orchestral piece blended three raags — the Carnatic Raag Shivranjani, Raag Bhopali and Raag Bhairavi.

    In the second segment Khan performed with percussionist Sivamani and Mishra on sarangi along with other seasoned performers.

    Here, some of the compositions were comparable with the very best fusion music. The final compositions were an engaging mix of the West and the East including Gandhi’s favorite bhajan of peace, “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram.”
    Al Auger is a freelance writer.
    He lives in Redding, Calif.


    The Art of Kashmir:
    Asia Society Exhibit

    The Asia Society is hosting the first-ever major Kashmiri art exhibition in New York. The exhibit presents 130 objects of exemplary quality, dating from the 2nd to the 20th centuries.
    A Siliconeer report.

    Crisis in Pakistan: South Asian Protest in the U.S.
    The global protest against the imposition of emergency in Pakistan is to restore the independence of the judiciary and the media, write Girish Agarwal and Sabahat Ashraf.

    The Power of Information: JAMA Study in U.P.
    Informing rural people of their rights can improve education and health services, but a lot more has to be done, writes Madhav Goyal.

    EDITORIAL: The Art of Kashmir
    NEWS DIARY: November
    EDUCATION: Harvard Initiative
    SUBCONTINENT: Season to Spend
    SOCIAL WORK: ICC Gala Banquet
    HERITAGE: Honoring Dalip Saund
    ENVIRONMENT: Global Warming: Role of Ethnic Media
    EDUCATION: NCLB: Bad for Teachers, Bad for Students
    COMMUNITY: Sir Syed Day in Bay Area
    HEALTH: Hazards of Alcohol
    BOLLYWOOD: Romancing with Dev
    RECORDING: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
    COMMUNITY: Diwali & Annakut Festivals
    MUSIC: Habib Khan Concert
    TRAVEL: Through Swiss Eyes
    COMMUNITY: News in Brief
    BUSINESS: News Briefs
    AUTO REVIEW: 2008 Honda Element SC
    BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
    BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Aaja Nachle
    TAMIL CINEMA: Onbathu Roobai Nottu
    RECIPE: Sandesh
    HOROSCOPE: December

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