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World-class South Indian vocalist, veena player
to perform Feb. 28

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2011

Nirmala Rajasekar
Nirmala Rajasekar

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host Indian veena player Nirmala Rajasekar at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Schofield Auditorium.

Rajasekar will play the veena, a classic Indian lute, and will be accompanied by musicians on the mridangam, an Indian drum; the ghatam, a clay pot; and the khanjira, a tambourine.

Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, said "seeing her perform will not only allow our community members to witness firsthand one of the great musical cultures of our world, they will be convinced of the vitality this music offers to our own culture."

Wickman met Rajasekar at a summer composition workshop in St. Paul, Minn.

"I found her ideas to be exuberant and rejuvenating," Wickman said. "She also has an engaging and dynamic stage presence that draws in an audience."

Rajasekar began her solo career when she was 13. She has performed in many prestigious venues, including the United Nations and Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn., the BBC in London, England, as well as venues in Switzerland, Indonesia and India. Recently, Minnesota Public Television aired a feature of Rajasekars performance.

Funding has been provided by the Visiting Minority Scholars Grant Program, representing a collaboration among the departments of music and theatre arts, philosophy and religious studies, and geography and anthropology. The event is free and open to the public.

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