Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University will host an Indian classical music concert this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in White Concert Hall. Featured in the concert are Purnaprajna Bangere playing the violin and Shivanand Murthy playing the mridangam, a double-headed drum. This concert is free and open to the public.
Purnaprajna Bangere learned the violin at a prestigious violin school in India. He trained under the well-known South Indian violinist HKN Murthy. Bangere plays in the Parur style, characterized by high technical virtuosity and musicianship. He has been invited to play at several prestigious music festivals, including the Learnquest Music Festival and the Toronto Music Festival. Bangere is currently a professor of music and mathematics at the University of Kansas.
Shivanand Murthy has been playing the mridangam since the age of seven. The mridangam is a barrel-shaped double-headed drum with one head larger than the other. It has ancient origins and is primarily used in southern Indian music. Murthy learned how to play the mridangam from his uncle, Vidawan Soorly Ganesh Murthy, an accomplished mridangist in Doordarshan and All India Radio. Murthy has accompanied artists in concerts in India and the United States. He practices daily, and his playing style is characterized by pleasing sound and his sensitivity to the main artists while accompanying.
This Indian classical music concert is sponsored by Washburn University's international programs department, history department, and music department.