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Shubha Mudgal to Perform
Sept. 22 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Sept. 7, 1999|
Shubha Mudgal, one of the most imaginative and adventurous female vocalists of India, will perform in concert Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The University Artists Series will present Mudgal's performance at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The vocalist will be accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan, tabla, and Sudheer Nayak, harmonium.
Born in Allahabad in 1959 to a family with a rich musical tradition, Mudgal was taught by the finest musicians and musicologists in India. Trained initially as a khayal singer, she soon realized her powerful voice could encompass a wide range. She moved to Delhi and sought the guidance of maestros who encouraged her to evolve beyond her traditional training and experiment as an artist.
Her spirited experimentation brings her into conflict with more orthodox practitioners. Her first album, a collection of Sufi songs, was an immediate hit with the public but generated criticism from traditionalists. Her album "Ali More Angana" set young people all over the country dancing to an originally devotional song, which became a favorite at discotheques.
In addition to being one of the most versatile and popular concert artists among the younger generation of Hindustani musicians, Mudgal has won recognition as a composer. Her repertoire of medieval devotional poetry has received acclaim in India and abroad. She wrote music and played a cameo role in "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," the 1996 film by director Mira Nair.
She believes in absorbing and learning from other cultures and forms of art, in order to evolve an art that is richer and more universal. "Other genres and influences are also incorporated and adapted in my work," she says, "to create a tapestry that uses the warp and weft of the classical and the contemporary."
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center, and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Related events on Sept. 22 include a lecture/demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. in Riverside Theater, Haas Fine Arts Center, and a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Gretchen Peters from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Call (715) 836-2787 for information.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 7, 1999