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August 28, 2007 > India Community Center partners with Ali Akbar College of Music

India Community Center partners with Ali Akbar College of Music

Submitted By Sunita Sohrabji

The India Community Center will partner with the renowned Ali Akbar College of Music this fall to offer classes in several Indian instruments and vocals.

ICC will offer classes in Indian vocals, tabla, sitar, sarode, guitar and violin, beginning September 16. All classes meet for eight weekly sessions per quarter and will be taught by students of master musicians Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Class fees are $330 for ICC members; $350 for non-members.

The Ali Akbar College of Music offers education in the classical music of India at the highest professional level. The college is considered one of the best places in the world to study North Indian classical music.

Sarode maestro Khan founded the college in 1967 in San Rafael, CA. Khan is the successor of an unbroken musical lineage that goes back to the legendary Mian Tansen, court musician of the 16th century Moghul emperor Akbar the Great. The late violinist, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, called Ali Akbar Khan "one of the greatest musicians of the world."

Tabla maestro Chaudhuri is one of the world's most respected tabla players. He has received numerous honors for his work, among them the Sangeet Natak Academy award from the Government of India and the American Academy of Artists award.

"It's really an honor to have such renowned musicians associated with ICC's music program," said ICC Program Associate Meera Rajsekar. Rajsekar was instrumental in putting together the collaboration between the two organizations. "ICC is the college's only affiliate in the country: we are very proud to partner with them and create an outstanding music program for our students," she said.

AACM Director Mary Khan said: "I am very excited at the possibilities that will open up between ICC and AACM. The India Community Center is a wonderful addition to the South Bay community and a good bridge to that community for our college. We are very pleased to be part of the Center."

India Community Center - North America's largest Indo-American facility - is dedicated to promoting Indian culture and enriching lives through educational, cultural, recreational and community programs. Members can enjoy ICC's fitness center, library, kids' learning center, computer labs, classes, cafˇ, and recreation area. ICC is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization funded by private contributions, membership dues, fees and grants and run by a small staff plus more than 200 volunteers.

ICC Milpitas
555 Los Coches Street, Milpitas
(408) 934.1130

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