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Indian Music Concert Benefits Hopkinton Drama

Enjoy George Ruckert, Shuchita Rao and Rajesh Pai on Saturday, April 30 in a benefit to help pay the costs of the Hopkinton High Drama Ensemble's trip to the Fringe Festival

The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble is pleased to present an evening of Indian classical music to help raise funds for its upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The concert features George Ruckert, a teacher and performer of Western and Eastern music, with vocalist Shuchita Rao. They will be accompanied by Rajesh Pai.

“This is a unique musical event in that it brings two premier Indian classical musicians together in one concert,” said Sarbpreet Singh, the organizer of the event.  Singh is a parent of Mehr Kaur, a Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble student.

 “The local Indian community and aficionados of Indian classical music know and love these artists," Singh said.

"It is a great opportunity for the broader Metrowest community to enjoy an enriching cultural experience, from a musical tradition that is centuries old.”

George Ruckert is a performer, composer, arranger, author and teacher, with an extensive background in the disciplines of both Western and Indian classical music.

Ruckert studied piano with Fritz Thor and Amelia Mitrani and went on to earn his masters degree in Western music theory and composition from Queens College (New York City) in 1967.

Soon after Ruckert took his masters,  he was introduced to the music of the legendary sarod master, Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib, with whom he studied for several decades.

Shuchita Rao received training in Hindustani Classical Music from several eminent musicians based in India including, Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Dr. Prabha Atre and Pandit Vinayak Torvi.

She is learning the art of singing Dhrupad, the oldest vocal art in musical tradition, from the Gundecha brothers. She is the founder/director of RASA Institute of Music based in Sharon and a faculty member at LearnQuest Academy in Waltham.

Rajesh Pai started learning the tabla at the age of eight and had his formal training under his Gurus Shrihari Marate and Vittaldas Bhat for over ten years. He has accompanied many artists in classical, light classical and fusion concerts.

Saturday, April 30th 7 p.m.

Hopkinton High School Auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton MA 01748

Admission : $12 (Adult), $5 (Students/Seniors), $30 (Family of Four)

Contact Sarbpreet Singh at 508.410.8326, Mehr Kaur at  617.794.1994 or email sarbpreet@comcast.net

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