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Pt. Ramesh Misra's Sarangi Solo: Sound of a hundred colors & Rhythms of Heart

Featuring Pt. Ramesh Misra, Katherine Kramer, and Prashant Shah

Saturday March 25, 2017 - 5:00 to 8:00 PM


Broward County Main Library Auditorium
100 South Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tickets: Students with current ID: $15, General admission : $30, VIP: $40 (first five rows).
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Pt. Ramesh Misra (Sarangi): Pt. Ramesh Misra is one of India's most popular maestros of the Sarangi (literally "of a hundred colors") an ancient bowed lute that evokes the sounds of the human voice and is one of the most difficult of Indian instruments to master. He is the son and disciple of the Sarangi virtuoso Pandit Ramnath Misra and has studied with Pandit Ravi Shankar. A highly respected soloist, Pt. Ramesh Misra is also a sought after accompanist to many of India's most esteemed vocalists.

Katherine Kramer (TAP): Katherine Kramer has traveled worldwide as a contemporary and jazz tap dancer, sharing the stage with many outstanding dancers and musicians. Her one-woman show, Rhythms of the Heart, premiered and toured from 1992-2000.

Prashant Shah (KATHAK): Hailed by The New York Times as the "Fred Astaire of Kathak," Prashant Shah is one of the few critically-acclaimed male performer-choreographers residing in New York. The first recipient of a national award for Kathak dance, Shah continues to bring his virtuosic productions worldwide.

Naren Budhkar (Tabla): Born into the music tradition of India, Naren Budhkar began performing at a young age. A disciple of Tabla Maestro Ustad Shabbir Nisar. He has performed with prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers. He is on the faculty of the East-West School of Music, where he teaches and performs regularly.

Kenneth Metzker (Percussion): Kenneth Metzker holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance-Percussionist from the University of Kentucky, under the tutelage of James B. Campbell. He began his Afro-Cuban studies with Michael Spiro, which led him to study with many other notable musicians in the Afro-Cuban genre.

Damian J Sanchez (Clarinet) began his musical journey at age 12. He has toured performing and recording with such artists as BB King, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr, and The Temptations. He currently has a debut album titled "Sessions 33 1/3" from his jazz preservation organization called, The Damian J Project. He resides in Miami, Florida.

Funding for this event is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.


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