May 2, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The semester-long Festival of Indian Music at Amherst College concludes with “Magic Drums of India,” a concert featuring a tabla duet by Sanket Acharya and Rohit Panchakshari, and a mridangam and ghatam duet by Copeland Fellow Umayalpuram Mali and Dan Reck, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sanket Acharya of Nasik, India is a tabla soloist and a ganda-bandh (officially accepted) student of the legendary late maestro Ustad Allarakha. A molecular biology major at Hampshire College, Sanket has performed tabla solos and accompanied various artists in India, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Rohit Panchakshari, also of Nasik, India, has achieved high acclaim as a percussionist both in India and abroad. A disciple of Pandit Naren Khot, Rohit is especially interested in manipulating combinations of rhythm and melody on the tabla. Rohit is a first-year student at Hampshire College and plans to study computer and biological sciences.

Umayalpuram Mali, a disciple of Umayalpuram Sivaraman, is one of the leading percussionists in South India today. Featured in concerts worldwide, Mali is currently in residence as a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. Dan Reck, a disciple of Mali, specializes in the ghatam and mridangam. He has been studying South Indian percussion since 2002.