Lots of stuff happening as Asian Heritage Month gets into full gear. For Indian classical music fans in Ottawa, we are pleased to have visiting a true master of the sitar. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
Shahid Parvez (addressed with the title “Ustad”) is considered by some to be the finest player in the world of the Indian classical stringed instrument, the sitar.The Sitar School of Toronto’s Ottawa branch is pleased to announce that Ustad Parvez will be teaching a class on Sunday May 15, from 11:AM-3:PM, at 111A Rideau Street.Observers are welcome to attend at no cost.
A musical genius, Ustad Parvez gave his first recital at the age of 8.He represents the seventh generation of a specific Indian classical music family called the Imdad Khani Gharana.Today, Ustad Parvez is acknowledged by stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan as one of the finest sitar players alive and the torch-bearer for the current generation of classical musicians.He has performed to sold-out concert halls and music festivals all around the world, and is considered an excellent and entertaining teacher.
So come on out on Sunday if you’re in town.
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