Shashank Comes to UVM

On Saturday, March 27, 2004, Friends of Indian Music and Dance will present the Bamboo Flute and Percussion Ensemble, a South Indian classical music concert, featuring flute wizard Shashank. 26-year old Shashank was barely nine months old when, even before he could speak, he was initiated into South Indian classical music. As advised by flute maestro T.R. Mahalingam, he learnt vocal music only from veteran musicians. At six, Shashank picked up his father’s flute and stunned onlookers by playing spontaneously, thus signaling his entry into the flute world. Shashank’s performances feature an extraordinary range of musical expression – from the deepest meditations to youthful fun and astonishing virtuosities. Audiences respond enthusiastically to Shashank’s unpretentious style and flair. He has 22 compact discs to his credit. Shashank’s introduction of multi-flute transposed fingering technique to merge flutes of different frequencies-lengths to the tonic note-producing a musical range varying from deep bass to shrill sounds, gave the flute an enviable position in Indian music and has been acclaimed the world over by music lovers as his most significant contribution.

Shashank will be accompanied by B.U. Ganesh Prasad on the violin, Triplicane K. Sekar on tavil, Satish Kumar on mridangam and kanjira, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan on ghatam, Mysore M. Gururaj on morsing (jew’s harp), and Shantala on the flute.The concert will start at 7:00 pm in the Music Dept. Recital Hall on UVM’s Redstone Campus. Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for general admission, $9 for FIMD members and $5 for students. The Friends of Indian Music and Dance is a Burlington-based production group of Indian classical music and dance, affiliated with the University of Vermont.- Press Release