Third annual Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival brings Ustad Irshad Khan to town

Sitar, chordophone, mridangam and tabla jammin’.

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It’s the third go for the Shruti Foundation, whose Indian Music & Dance Festival melds the worlds of Northern and Southern India by bringing together some of the brightest minds in both the Carnatic and Hindustani backgrounds. Longtime Tampa tabla player Shankh Lahiri will be on hand along with sitar player Maestro Ustad Irshad Khan, chordophone killer Saraswathi Ranganathan, mridangam player Megaraja Rao Venupuri and more. Students from the Shruti School of Music kick things off with a 4 p.m. Saraswati Vandana (a Hindu mantra that is recited for music, knowledge and wisdom), and the program should be over by 10 p.m.

Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival. Sun. Aug. 26. 4 p.m. $15 and up. The Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Rd. Tampa. eventbrite.com.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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