Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carnatic Veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar plays the Music Hall on Thurs. Oct. 19

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM

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Before we tell you all about musician Nirmala Rajasekar — who will perform at the Charleston Music Hall, presented by both the Halsey and the Indian Association of Greater Charleston on Thurs. Oct. 19 — we offer a brief history lesson. Rajasekar's instrument of choice is the Veena, an ancient multi-stringed chordophone of India. The Sanskrit word veena in ancient and medieval Indian texts is basically just a term for plucked string musical instruments. Some of the earliest mentions of the instrument can be found in the Upanishads. Yeah, it's old.

So now that you're well aware of the storied history of the Veena, you can appreciate the power of Carnatic (which refers to music commonly associated with southern India) Veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar. Rajasekar is both a musician and an educator of South Indian music who has created collaborative projects with other music traditions like western classical and jazz. She's been training on the Veena since age six and began her career as a soloist at age 13. Learn more about her on her website and listen to her play the Veena in the clip below.

Tickets for the show start at $18.50/general and $15 for students. Buy them online.

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