February 15, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Shobha Vasudevan, a Copeland Fellow in the Music Department at Amherst College, will perform vocal music of south India, accompanied by K. V. S. Vinay playing violin and David Nelson on mrdangam, a double-headed Indian drum, on Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.

Shobha Vasudevan began her study of Carnatic music at age five. The Carnatic style, one of the world’s oldest and richest musical traditions, was developed in southern India in the 13th century. The basic form is a monophonic song with improvised variations.

When Vasudevan was ten years old she began performing and won many awards, most notably at the Music Academy in Madras. She earned a master of arts in music at the University of Madras, and has also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. She has performed in many prestigious Sabhas, or music organizations, in Madras.