CU’s India Night explores Indian culture and heritage

Southwest Oklahomans wanting to experience a taste of India will want to mark their calendars as Cameron University's School of Business prepares to host ‘India Night' on Friday, Oct. 23 at 5:15 p.m. in the CU Fitness Center. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of India. The keynote address by V. Sivarama Krishnan, PhD, will be followed by a performance by world-renowned musicians Debashish Bhattacharya and Subhasish Bhattacharya. Ajanta Cuisine of India, an Oklahoma City restaurant/caterer, will serve a mouth-watering dinner featuring authentic Indian fare.

Krishnan, a former Fulbright Scholar, will speak on "India's Economic Miracle and What It Means for the United States." A noted educator with expertise in global finance and international business issues, Krishnan was a member of the CU business faculty for more than 15 years.

Officially a Pandit (master musician), Debashish Bhattacharya is widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest slide guitarists, inventing three unique instruments: the 22-string Chaturangi, which suggest the timbres of violin, sitar, sarod and veena; the 14-string Ghandarvi that can sound like a veena, sarangi, saz or flamenco guitar; and the tiny 4-stringed Anandi, basically a slide ukulele. Debashish is renowned for the incredible speed and dexterity of his playing, thanks to his own three-fingered style. He has been honored with the President of India Award, India's highest award for the arts, The Asiatic Society Gold Medal and a BBC Planet Award for World Music. He received a 2009 Grammy nomination for his latest release, CALCUTTA CHRONICLES: INDIAN SLIDE GUITAR ODYSSEY.

Subhashish Bhattacharya is a leader of his generation of Indian percussionists. The younger brother of Debashish, Subhashish grew up steeped in the deep musical background of the Bhattacharya family, learning melody and rhythm from infancy. Now considered to be a master tabla player, he is a leading studio musician in India and has regularly performed in every major Indian music festival.

A limited amount of tickets for India Night are available; the event has sold out in previous years. General admission is $15 and $5 for students. For tickets, please contact Margie Whitehorse at 581-2267, Jacqueline Lopez at 581-2842, or Dr, T.K. Bhattacharya at 581-2533.

India Night is funded by the Ajay and Shireen Bhargava Endowed Lectureships in India Studies and International Studies and Cameron University.

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 September 1, 2009
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