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Febrary 22, 2002

Deepak Ram to Perform at UW-RF

Deepak Ram, an internationally recognized bansuri flute master, will perform at the William W. Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on the campus of UW-River Falls at 8 p.m. on April 9 as part of the Wyman Concert Series.

Ram was nominated for best male artist and best instrumental album at the South African Music Awards in 1999. His album, "Searching for Satyam," was named best instrumental at the South African Music Awards in 2000. He is the senior disciple of world-renowned bansuri maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Ram is coming to UW-RF as a result of his friendship with food science Professor Purnendu Vasavada. Vasavada and Ram became friends after Vasavada attended attended a concert by Ram several years ago.

Vasavada began making arrangements to bring Ram to campus at part of the Wyman Concert Series, whose goal is to bring cultural diversity to campus. Though it took a few years for Vasavada to schedule him, Ram finally was able to make a commitment to appear.

Ramıs music is rooted in the classical tradition of Hindustani music.

"Deepak is not a professional musician," Vasavada said. "His music is the labor of his love. Going to one of his concerts doesnıt require any previous orientation with the flute. His concerts are more of a peaceful experience."

General admission for the concert is $5. For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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