North Indian classical music is based on the exploration and improvisation of two musical entities (melody and rhythm) within very strict guidelines. Melody is governed by the Raga system while rhythm is governed by the Tala system. Raga, it is often compared to a mode, tune, or song. While it encompasses these devices, it cannot be confined to any one of them. Tala, is best described as rhythmic cycle with a specific number of beat-units called matra. Each tala has within it three stresses, with varying levels of intensity. Deepak's flute programs will engage both Raga and Tala to create beautiful melodies to enthrall the audience.
Deepak's versatility is apparent in his numerous collaborations with musicians of various genres. These include performances with jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff and the popular South African band Tananas. On January 1, 2000, Deepak performed with South African musicians like Sibongile Khumalo and the Rwandan diva, Cecile, on Robben Island in South Africa's millennium concert hosted by presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Deepak has six solo albums to his credit and as a session musician can be heard on over twenty-five albums. His bansuri (flute) can also be heard on movie soundtracks, such as The Fast and the Furious, Matrix Revolutions, India, Kingdom of the Tiger and Stealth.
Tickets will be on sale at the door: $1 students, $3 faculty/staff, $5 general public. UMass Dartmouth is located at 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Further information contact the Center for Indic Studies 508-999-8588.