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Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar

Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar will present an evening of sensuous Indian sounds on the tabla, sitar, and zitar 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Williams Center for the Arts.

A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, but has earned him worldwide fame. The Washington Post calls his music “intoxicating in its intensity,” with a “virtuosity that is barely to be believed.” Master sitarist Kumar is the wizard of the “zitar,” a specifically designed combination of the sitar and guitar, devised by Kumar.

Hussain will give a lecture demonstration for students in the World Music course taught by Larry Stockton, professor and head of music, 11 a.m. in the Williams Center. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $22 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

Lafayette has partnered with media sponsor, WDIY 88.1 FM Community Public Radio, to bring the event to the Lehigh Valley. This performance is part of the 2011 International Students Association Extravaganza.

The performance residency is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.

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