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World renowned vocalist to offer concerts

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
7 May 2006

World renowned Maharishi Gandharva Veda (SM) music vocalist Vidushi Sumitra Guha will perform on May 6 and 7 at Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium as well as offer workshops that weekend.

Ms. Guha has an unusually wide vocal range, and the quality of her voice has been appreciated wherever she travels around the world. The Hindustan Times wrote, 'Sumitra's voice is of a satiny texture, smooth, without a single rough thread in it, and she infuses sincere devotion into her rendition.'

Ms. Guha was born into a musical family in Andhra Pradesh. Introduced to Carnatic music at the age of four by her mother, Ms. Guha showed promise quite early. At age 11, the renowned maestro Sri S.R. Janakiraman (Sangeetha Vidwan) took her under his tutelage.

The Statesman described her as, 'A rare breed. . . . She is one of those rare performers who have carved a niche for themselves in Carnatic as well as Hindustani music.'

In 1994 while touring Europe, Ms. Guha performed in Holland, where she was introduced to Maharishi Gandharva Veda music. She subsequently performed at Maharishi University of Management in 1999, 2000, and 2003.

The concerts at Maharishi School will be held Saturday evening, May 6, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday morning, May 7, at 6:00 a.m. (sunrise). The workshops will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings, May 6 and 7, 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Admission is $15, $10 for Town Super Radiance, and $5 for Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School students, staff, and faculty, with ID. The morning workshops are $30 per class. For more information, please call (641) 472-7000, ext. 5180.

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