AMHERST, Mass.—Kirtana will present a concert of the classical music of south India on Sunday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.
Performing will be Gordon Korstange on the venu or bamboo flute, Amherst College Professor of Music David Reck on the veena or lyre, David Nelson on the mridangam or double-headed drum, and Rusty Gillete on the ghatam or large clay pot.
The classical music of India balances the performance of a repertoire of exquisite songs with extensive improvisations ranging from the meditative to the explosive and virtuosic. The drumming style is one of the rhythmically most complex in the world.