Lifting the Veil

Presenters:

Rajika Puri
is an exponent of two forms of Indian Temple dance: Bharatanatyam and Odissi, which she has performed all over Europe, Latin America, the US, and at home in India. She has a BA in English literature, and a Masters from NYU which involved the study of movement forms, including dance and the martial arts, from an anthropological perspective. She writes and lectures on Indian dance, music, and theatre, as well as western theatre, flamenco, and modern dance.

Currently Rajika is involved in several projects: Bharatanatyam Variations a ‘post-modern’ approach to classical Indian dance; Flamenco Natyam – a mosaic of flamenco and Indian classical dance; a Festival of New South Asian drama at the Lark Theater; and a production of Euripides’ The Bakkhai for which she is choreographer and movement coach.

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Peter Manuel
is an authority on the music of both North India and the Caribbean. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy at John Jay College and teaches graduate-level courses at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of several books, including Popular Musics of the Non-Western World (Oxford University Press), Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India, and Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae (Temple University Press).

He plays sitar, flamenco guitar, and jazz piano. He spent about five years in North India doing research and studying sitar. He has made a video on Indo-Caribbean music.

 

 

George Wolfe
is Professor of Music at Ball State University where he has published articles in the fields of music, interfaith studies, and poetry. As a musician has shared the stage with the United States Navy Band and the Canadian Brass among others. He is a featured soloist on five volumes of the compact disk series America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax which includes some of the greatest names in classical saxophone artistry.

Dr. Wolfe has served as an artist-in-residence at universities in the United States, Austria, Canada, France, and India. He has studied Hindustani music in New Delhi and at the Ah Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. In 1997, Ball State University awarded Dr. Wolfe its Outstanding Creative Endeavor award for his compact disk on music and cosmology entitled Lifting the Veil, and for his presentation of parallel religious teachings in Hinduism and Christianity, parts of which he will present here. He has lectured and performed at major religious centers in the United States including the Chautauqua Institution.

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