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Rhythms of India

Friday, November 10, 2017
8:30 PM–10:00 PM

After his sold-out show earlier this year, the hugely popular Indian guitar master Prasanna returns to the Rubin to present two exciting and contrasting sets: Carnatic G Force and Global Bollywood.

Referencing the two current exhibits at the Rubin, which inspired him to create a very personal musical storyline for the evening, Prasanna says, “The World Is Sound! I want to take the audience with me on a sonic journey, from the Carnatic South to India in Full Frame, seen through the wide-angle lens of Bollywood. Be sure to catch some panoramic vistas of jazz, rock, reggae, and classical music at various scenic viewpoints.”

Global Bollywood

Bollywood music is among the most fascinating melting pot genres of the world. Its immediate connection with visual imagery inspires Prasanna to open its musical lens onto the broader world of contemporary America and beyond. Along with the talents of Shalini Lakshmi from India on vocals, Zé Luis from Brazil on saxophone and flute, and Samuel Torres from Colombia on multi-percussion, Prasanna will paint a sound that is sometimes Indian, sometimes global. “I want you to join us on this magic carpet ride,” Prasanna says, “and together we will frame the special sound of modern India.”

Those who buy tickets for both sessions will have access to an exclusive performance of audience requests beginning at 6:00 p.m. These guests will also be admitted into the theater at 5:50 p.m.and will get first choice of seats.

This concert is presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment. Sunny Thakkar is a community partner.


The World Is Sound exhibition is made possible through the generosity of HARMAN. Major support is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rasika and Girish Reddy. The Rubin also thanks Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram and contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund.


Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full-Frame is organized by the Rubin Museum of Art in collaboration with Magnum Photos and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Generous support is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, David Solo, an anonymous donor, and contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund.


About the Musician

Prasanna is a world-renowned guitarist in Carnatic music. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by H.H. Jayendra Saraswathi and was voted among the top 50 creative Indians by Open Magazine. Prasanna holds the distinction of being one of three Indians who have scored music for Oscar-winning films, besides Ravi Shankar and A.R. Rahman. Prasanna has performed with rock icons Jordan Rudess, Alex Skolnick, and Dweezil Zappa, jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer, and Esperanza Spalding, and Indian legends Illayaraja, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and A.R. Rahman.

Tickets: $35.00

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