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Indian musician performs at benefit

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February 15, 2011 |

The Indian music of Ustad Shafaat Khan will be featured at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at International House, 10 College Park.

Khan’s appearance is a fundraiser for the Davis-based nonprofit Sahaya International.

Koen Van Rompay — the founder of Sahaya — recently returned from his annual trip to India. He also visited the Mother Teresa School, which was built thanks to the support of many donors in Davis (see http://www.sahaya.org).

However, the 171 students there have outgrown the four existing classrooms. Funds raised through Khan’s concert are being used to build a second level on the school and double its space.

The doors Saturday open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a brief intermission with refreshments.

“Any donation depending on your financial situation is appreciated,” says Van Rompay, a s research virologist at the California National Primate Research Center. A suggested donation is $20 for adults, and $10 for children and students. A tax receipt will be provided for any extra donation.

Tickets are available in advance at International House during regular business hours.

To order tickets via mail, send a check payable to Sahaya International with name, address, e-mail address, and specify the number of tickets (adult or child/student) to Sahaya International, 2949 Portage Bay Ave., No. 195, Davis, CA 95616, or go to http://www.sahaya.org to purchase via credit card. Confirmation of receipt will be e-mailed, and tickets will be available at the door.

In the rich history of Indian classical music, Khan — known as “Maestro” — has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing the sitar, surbahar and tabla.

Heir to a musical tradition that spans generations, back to the courts of the Moghuls, Khan began his musical training under his father, Ustad Imrat Khan, considered by many the greatest surbahar player of our time.

Debuting at the age of 11 in the King‘s Lynn Festival opened by the Queen Mother, Shafaat Kahn has since been acclaimed for countless performances at prestigious concert halls and music festivals around the world.

Recently, he released three historic CDs (produced by Deepak Chopra) in which he performed on the sitar/surbahar, and accompanied himself on the tabla, a first in Indian classical music. Khan also appears in the IMAX feature film, “Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey,” that has played at theaters worldwide. He also has performed on stage with major artistes outside the Indian classical tradition, most recently with Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2010.

Besides his musical performances on sitar and tabla, he has conducted residency programs, lectures and workshops for colleges and universities. Visit his website at http://www.shafaatullahkhan.com for more information.

“We look forward to seeing many of our local friends and well-wishers at the event,” Van Rompay said. “Together we can continue to provide quality education to many needy children.”

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