The University's Indian Student Organization sponsored this fantastic sitar recital this evening, with proceeds going to the UNICEF South Asia relief fund. Man, it rocked! The original artist, Ud. Hidayat Khan couldn't make it (a back injury), so, last minute, the organizers brought in Ud. Anwar Khurshid from Toronto. There was a brief Orissi dance recital as well, by a French-Candian performer. First half: Raag Des, khayal (vilambit and drut), well developed, great virtuosity and quite enthralling. Second half, three short pieces in Hansadhwani, Shyam Kalyan and (I think) Bhairavi. The second half was a bit ... how shall one put it ... ढीला ... loose ... but still, overall it was great. It's been ages since I've been to a proper Hindustani recital, and this was a treat. It was also cool to see so many parishioners there at this benefit as well! Besides, I don't really know the desi community here that well (all the friends from grad school, have, well, graduated and moved!), so it was cool to go to a desi function as well.
For those unfamiliar with Hindustani classical, this Wikipedia article is quite helpful.
So Baroque on Friday, Hindustani on Saturday right here in Columbia, South Carolina! Yee haw! :-)