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3:00 PM Music: Breizh Amerika
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Sunday, May 27
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11:00 AM 38th Annual Ethnic Food Fair
2:00 PM City Heights Dance Festival
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7:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Monday, May 28
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Tuesday, May 29
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7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
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7:30 PM Lecture: 1918-Death In Vienna, City Of Dreams
7:30 PM Music: Chano Dominguez
Wednesday, May 30
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6:00 PM Film: Goodbye Christopher Robin
6:00 PM Film: America's Untold Story
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7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
Thursday, May 31
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5:00 PM Talk: The Rise and Fall of a Fraud Investigator in China
6:10 PM Padres Italian Heritage Night
6:30 PM Panel Discussion: Cross-Border Legal Transactions for Artists
8:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Friday, Jun 1
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Saturday, Jun 2
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8:00 AM Talk: AfroFuturism Dream Tank
10:00 AM UCSD Powwow
11:00 AM Music: Sam Hinton Folk Festival
11:00 AM Noodle Competition with Mike Chen
12:00 PM House of Denmark Lawn Program
2:00 PM Ukrainian Embroidery Workshop
2:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
2:30 PM Music: From Russia with Love
3:00 PM Mabuhay Festival: Philippine Independence Day
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6:00 PM Music: Scripps Mariachi Festival
6:30 PM Film: Moulin Rouge
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
8:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Sunday, Jun 3
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11:00 AM Japanese Cultural Bazaar
11:00 AM House of England Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
3:00 PM Music: African Sanctus
5:00 PM Music: Manohara Sangeetham
7:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
7:30 PM Music: Mexican Regional
Monday, Jun 4
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Tuesday, Jun 5
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7:30 PM Lecture: 1918-Death In Vienna, City Of Dreams
Wednesday, Jun 6
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6:30 PM Talk: Kumeyaay Ethnobotany
7:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Thursday, Jun 7
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8:00 PM Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns
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The Participant Observer World Music CD of the Month is Raga Charu-keshi for Sitar and Veena by Various Artists

A jugalbandi is a performance of otherwise solo instruments, a duet (usually) in other terms. In this recording, the sitar of North India (Hindustani) tradition is atypically combined with the veena of South India (Karnatak) style. Rash Behari Datta studied sitar through the Patilia gharana school and later the guru lineage of Ravi Shankar; Mustafa Raza learned vichitra veena in the Moradabad gharana, which includes his uncle, the sarangi maestro Sabri Khan. The particular raga here is Charu-Keshi, of the Karnatic system; the final movement (gat) occurs half-way after the slow improvised alap and is in teental, a rhythm of 16 beats.

The sound combination is of special interest since the metallic timbres are so similar, though the veena is more throaty baritone to the sitar's crisp tenor. While the sitar is held like a folk guitar, the veena lies flat and is played like a Dobro slide or resonator guitar of Western country music. Musically, the mood is devotional, with feeling of longing, moving into the fast, passionate gat. I would place this as a late evening raga.

The album is very, very good: exceedingly well-performed and moving. If you enjoy classical Indian music, then here is profound and delightful addition.—Dr. Debra Jan Bibel (Amazon Review).



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