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Originally published Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Seattle celebrates ancient Hindustani vocal tradition

Vocalist Arijit Mahalanabis offers a recital Saturday, June 29, as part of Dhrupad Days, a celebration of an ancient Hindustani vocal tradition.

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Vocalist Arijit Mahalanabis, founder of the Seattle Indian Music Academy and former student of Shantha Benegal, performs a concert of dhrupad, khayal and thumri traditions Saturday. Mahalanabis’ recital is part of Dhrupad Days, a program of workshops and performances presented by the Dhrupad Music Institute of America and Cornish College of the Arts. Dhrupad is an ancient vocal tradition in Hindustani music that has a local history going back to the 1970s, when Usad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar spent time in Seattle.

Other upcoming events of Dhrupad Days include a three-day workshop, beginning Thursday, by renowned dhrupad vocalist Ramakant Gundecha; a lecture-demonstration by Mahalanabis July 5; a concert by American string virtuoso Jody Stecher on the sursringar July 6; and a Day of Dhrupad, featuring performances and demonstrations by Benegal and others July 7.

The Mahalanabis recital is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle $10-$15 (

Paul de Barros, Seattle Times music critic

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