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Bangere "Purna" Purnaprajna
Bangere "Purna" Purnaprajna

"Indian Classical Music: The Art of Improvisation"
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Thu., Nov. 10, 2011, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

The Hall Center is pleased to announce an evening of discussion and music with Bangere "Purna" Purnaprajna, Professor of Mathematics. Purna will present "Indian Classical Music and the Art of Improvisation," commenting on Indian classical music and exploring some crucial concepts that differentiate it from Western classical music. Likening classical music to a syntax, Purna will demonstrate how, by stretching the boundaries of this syntax, one can incorporate melodies and rhythms of a variety of world music, due to the heavily improvisational nature of the genre.

Purna has had rigorous musical training under the great violin teacher and well known violin accompanist H. K. N. Murthy from Mysore, in southern India. Murthy is a student of the legendary Indian violinist M. S. Gopalakrishnan. Purna closely follows the school of playing pioneered by Gopalakrishnan and his father, Parur Sundaram Iyer, characterized by a harmonious synthesis of both the north and south Indian styles and skillful violin techniques. Purna is considered a violin virtuoso by several violinists, and he exhibits a command of the instrument that is stunning for speed, clarity and fluency. Purna has given concerts in US, India, and Europe.

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