Source: theepochtimes.com; Author: Andrea Hayley; Photo Courtesy: Amal Chen

An ensemble of classical Indian musicians, half of whom were Westerners, performed recently at an event in Manhattan to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The concert opened with a Carnatic raga “hamsadhvani,” played by Brooklyn-based Eric Fraser, on a bamboo flute. Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury, a young and highly talented sitar player performed next. Roy-Chowdhury played raga “bihag” in two different styles, allowing for a last-minute variation in honor of the autumn season. The event was held at Chandayan, a tabla school and performance space which is run by virtuoso tabla player Pt. Samir Chatterjee.

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