Nexus of Inter-Cultural Exchange-Pennsylvania (N.I.C.E.-PA) will host a spring musical event for the area. Supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, ‘Colors of Spring - A Musical Journey’ will showcase an Indian music concert and seminar at the Waverly Community House May 11. ‘Colors of Spring’ will feature performer, teacher and composer Sanjukta Sen, 58, of New York. Accompanying musicians will include vocalist Shruti Sen, tabla player Tapan Modak and some of Sen’s senior students.
Born in Jaipur, India, Sen studied Hindustani classical music at the University of Rajasthan and the University of Delhi, and has been teaching music at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in New York for over 25 years. “I love every aspect of music including performance, music composition, and of course, teaching,” Said Sen on what her favorite thing is about her musical career.
Sen has performed at various events and areas, including Washington, D.C. and the American Museum of Natural History. Sen has also performed within the local area in previous years, including The Northeast Theater in Scranton.
Open to all ages, ‘Colors of Spring’ will feature music that ties into the feel of the spring season, as Sen describes, “I will present Indian Classical Songs, which will conjure the romanticism, colorful nature and joyous mood of spring.” Sen continued to comment on the event, “I hope the audience will appreciate the diversity, depth and beauty of Indian classical music.”
The seminar portion of the event, which requires registration, is free to participants and check-in will take place in the Waverly Community House at 4:45 pm. Following the seminar, a welcoming reception with refreshments will take place until the start of the concert at 6 pm. The concert will first feature a performance by Sen and her accompanists, followed by a performance of semi-classical music by her senior students.
Program Director and performer at the event, Dipti Pancholy, explained some details about how the seminar portion of the event will be presented, “It’s going be a power point format, so there will be information, and then there will be an opportunity for interaction and questions.” Pancholy continued to talk about what she hopes the seminar teachers its attendees, “[to] Allow for a more in-depth appreciation of the history of the genre of music and its ties to spirituality.”
Admission for the concert and refreshments is $5 for students and $10 for all others. Tickets for the concert and registration for the seminar can be acquired by calling the Waverly Community House at 570.586.8191. Seating is limited to 200 people. More information about the event can also be found at www.waverlycomm.org and www.nice.pa.com.