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Traditional Indian Music in a Nontraditional Way
The large round face of Parameshwar Hedge is a study of animated concentration. Eyes squeezed shut and mouth contorting into various shapes, Hedge appears to be searching for the right note, foraging for a raga composed three centuries ago. As sounds begin to emerge in long thin lines, his quest continues. His eyebrows dance along his forehead like a sound frequency. His head moves like a seesaw off balance. He looks as if he is about to sneeze; a moment later, like he will break into tears, or laughter. When his eyes finally open, wide and bloodshot, they appear battle worn. It is just the warm up. For the next hour and a half, the celebrated Hindustani vocalist and two accompanists offer a concert of 18th century devotional music held at the Sangati Center at the intersection of 22nd and Shotwell Streets. “You want to listen to Indian music in a chamber setting? This is the only game in town,” said Aahlad Yeturu, a regular, who sat so close ...