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Sunday, January 30, 2022
12:00 PM


Off Campus (see description)


This program is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

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International House


In partnership with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, the Cultural Sundays series continues with Dr. Bertie Kibreah is a scholar. An ethnomusicologist who studies the evolution of musical styles as people live and move in the region. As an Indian American born to Bengali immigrants, his heart and his research of Bengal is unique.

In this presentation his examples are drawn from the boyati traditions of Bengal which might shine light on why the region has absorbed so many religions and made them uniquely their own.

The interaction of Muslim/Hindu saint figures in Bengali folk performance, the religious shrines as spaces where ideas are contested and explored and how the cultural geography of Bengal is immensely complex having been partitioned three times in the span of less than seven decades.

You will listen to our own Dr. Kibreah to learn and be moved by the influences of politics and religion on the music and musicians of South Asia as the folk musicians with deep devotion seek a higher power for answers to their very local intractable problems.

Presented by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Series and Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts.