Indian Music Festival

Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, a highly acclaimed vocal artist, Pandit Ashis Sengupta, a masterful tabla artist and Durba Bhattacharyya, an accomplished harmonium artist, are among the performers who will take part in the Indian Music Festival.

The Indian Music Festival brings the variety and richness of Indian musical traditions to Mount Holyoke and the Five Colleges. At Mount Holyoke College, a group of performers of the North Indian classical vocal music, including Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, a highly acclaimed vocal artist, Pandit Ashis Sengupta, a masterful tabla artist and Durba Bhattacharyya, an accomplished harmonium artist, will perform at the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm.

Other performances in the series

K.G. Westman, a well-known sitar player from Sweden, will perform on Thursday, September 20 at 7 pm in Chapin Chapel at Amherst College. Pandit Ashis Sengupta will accompany on tabla.

Amanda Welch, a sitar artist and a Smith College alum, will perform on Sunday, September 23 at 7 pm in Earle Hall at Smith College.  Welch will be accompanied by Mount Holyoke College Professor of Art History Ajay Sinha on tabla.

Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, Pandit Ashis Sengupta and Durba Bhattacharyya will hold a second performance on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm in Chapel Chapel at Amerst College.

The series of concerts contributes to a growing interest in World Music in the Five Colleges. As the musicians are teachers, they will also contribute to student life by offering lecture-demonstrations in World Music classes, and hold conversations with faculty and staff at the Salon of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. The presence of these internationally-known musicians in our midst promotes Mount Holyoke’s commitment to cultural diversity, brings campus-wide visibility to the arts, and enriches our interfaith communities.

The Festival is made possible at Mount Holyoke College by the Music Department, the Art History Department, the Asian Studies Program, the Weissman Center for Leadership, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, and the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund. It is also supported by the Five Colleges Lecture Fund, and various academic departments and programs at Smith and Amherst colleges.