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Indian Arts Circle screens documentary on Indian classical music at Loyola

March 2, 2012

The Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans present a screening of the documentary, "Raga Unveiled," on Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall.

India’s long tradition of classical music and dance, raga, originated thousands of years ago and is still widely practiced around the world today. The genre has had extensive and cross cultural influences, and in the last 50 years, a variety of performers from other genres, including the Beatles, percussionist and former Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, and jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, have collaborated with Indian classical musicians.

Like other classical art forms, many misconceptions and myths about raga abound. For the first time on film, commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars and musicologists are combined with rare archival footage to create a feature-length documentary that demystifies Indian classical music for the lay audience. It also serves as a significant reference for serious students and practitioners of the art.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students with a current ID and are available by calling 504-606-5938 or emailing iacno@cox.net. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

More information is available at www.iacneworleans.com and www.ragaunveiled.com

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