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Collaboration With Dhrupad Music Institute Of America Closes Out Cornish Presents Season

Seattle,WA -- The 2015-2016 Cornish Presents season concludes with music concerts spanning a range of Indian classical genres: Carnatic, Hindustani, and Dhrupad. These concerts are held in collaboration with The Dhrupad Music Institute of America (DMIA) and are a part of Dhrupad Days, DMIA's annual music festival. Dhrupad Days also offers immersive Dhrupad workshops that are available through the “Summer at Cornish” program in May.

Dhrupad’s name is derived from Dhruva, the North Star, which appears spatially fixed in the sky and pada, poetry. This ancient form of music traces its origin to chanting of the Sama Veda. Along with the vocal form of the music, it is performed on a variety of instruments such as the surbaharsitar, saxophone, flute and cello.

Tickets for all Cornish Presents concerts are available online through Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. All performances take place at PONCHO Concert Hall inside Kerry Hall at Cornish College of the Art, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle, WA. Information on Dhrupad workshops can be found at www.cornish.edu/summer

Dhrupad Days Concerts

Swara Yoga
May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students with ID
Sri Ganesh Rajagopalan will be presenting a meditation concert called Swara Yoga. This is based on an innovative technique developed by Rajagopalan to heal body, mind, and soul through music.

Hindustani Vocal Concert by Smt. Srivani Jade
May 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors, $5 students with ID
In this opening concert to Waves In Sound, Hindustani vocalist Smt. Srivani Jade performs with Sri Anand Karve on harmonium and Sri Ravi Albright on tabla.

Waves In Sound: Padmashri Gundecha Brothers 
May 21 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors, $15 students with ID
Padmashri Umakant Gundecha and Padmashri Ramakant Gundecha present a Dhrupad vocal concert accompanied by Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha on the pakhawaj. The Padmashri Gundecha Brothers are widely recognized as the torchbearers of the Dhrupad tradition.

About Cornish College of the Arts

A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive in 1914, and continues to be innovative today. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Film+Media, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree, and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Cornish Presents features visiting master artists in performance on campus. For more information, please visit www.cornish.edu.