Melodic, Mesmerizing Music of North India Fills the Air at Classical Concert by Shruti Music Academy

first_img More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Gatherings Melodic, Mesmerizing Music of North India Fills the Air at Classical Concert by Shruti Music Academy From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 12:04 pm Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Top of the News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Music lovers from diverse backgrounds and fields of life witnessed North Indian Classical Music concert presented by the Shruti Music Academy at the Pasadena Conservatory of music on Saturday, September 24. The concert was partially funded by Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division .The Academy is founded by Dayita Datta, a recipient of ‘Music Apprentice’ and ‘Music Development’ grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and ‘Individual Artist Grant’ from the City of Pasadena . She is also an Orff trained music educator and teaches early music education at Caltech Children’s Center. She is a student of legendary vocalist the late Lakshmi Shankar, and now continues her musical training under the guidance of renowned vocalist from India Pandit Sandip Ghosh.Datta has performed at various venues like CSULA, LACMA, Music Circle, UCSB, James Armstrong Theater, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Los Angeles Grand Performances.The concert started with a keynote address by Rachael Doudrick, the Department Chair for Young Musicians of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Doudrick praised Founder/Director Datta for her continued work in the field of art and teaching kids’ music appreciation through various modalities.The students of Shruti Music Academy presented morning Ragas under the direction of Datta, accompanied by JyotiPrakas on tabla (Indian classical percussion drums).This section featured individual and small group performances by students at various levels of learning. The highlight being a Raagmala composition in Teentaal (16 beats) performed by all students of Shruti Music Academy ranging in ages from 5-65 demonstrating their training and proficiency in various Ragaas, melody and rhythm.This was followed by a vibrant group performance by the students of Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music under direction of JyotiPrakas, senior disciple of tabla maestro Pt. Abhijit Banerjee. This included students who have recently started learning along with those who have been trained for a while as a team.The second half of the concert included heartfelt and soulful renditions of Ragas by founder, director Dayita Datta and a mesmerizing rendition by her Guru, an eminent vocalist from India, Pandit Sandip Ghosh. They were both accompanied by brilliant musicians, JyotiPrakas on tabla and Indradeep Ghosh on violin.The concert concluded with Pandit Sandip Ghosh handing over certificate of achievement to the students of Shruti Music Academy in front of an elegant backdrop by professional artist and designer Mohna Manihar who also emceed the event.The diverse audience got to soak up all their senses listening to Indian classical compositions, seeing beautiful traditional Indian attires, and relishing an Indian vegetarian lunch.For more info on Dayita Datta and Shruti Music Academy, visit http://www.dayitadatta.com/ First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Congrats to Steven Pasquale as The Robber Bridegroom Officially Opens

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 The Robber Bridegroom About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Off-Broadway audiences are transported to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi in The Robber Bridegroom, which will officially open on March 13. Directed by Alex Timbers, Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman‘s musical comedy is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.To celebrate, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above portrait of the the most beguiling con men, hucksters and charlatans you’ll ever meet. There’s Steven Pasquale as Jamie Lockhart, Leslie Kritzer as Salome, Andrew Durand as Little Harp, Evan Harrington as Big Harp, Greg Hildreth as Goat, Ahna O’Reilly as Rosamund, Nadia Quinn as Raven, Lance Roberts as Clement Musgrove and Devere Rogers as Airie.Broadway.com wishes the The Robber Bridegroom team a happy opening—we’re sure the Roundabout revival will steal New York’s heart once again! Related Shows View Comments © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more

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Nsofor joins Italian lowly club on trial

first_imgRelatedPosts Italian footballer banned for urinating towards fans Former Nigeria international, Victor Obinna Nsofor, is on the verge of signing for a club in Italy’s fourth division.The ex-Super Eagles star has been training with USD 1913 Seregno in Serie D, and the club are hoping to bring the 32-year-old on board after he failed with recent trials at Potenza and Vedeggio.Nsofor is a free agent and last played competitive football for South African side Cape Town City, from where he was released in February 2018 having failed to make an impact.He most notably turned out for Chievo and Inter Milan in Serie A, and played for Nigeria at three Africa Cup of Nations finals and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.He won 48 caps for the Super Eagles over nine years and scored 12 goals.Nsofor also had spells in England, Spain, Germany and Russia. Tags: Serie DUSD 1913 Seregnolast_img read more

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Changes completed on second floor of Leavey Library

first_imgLeavey Library recently completed renovations of its second-floor information commons. The revamped facilities have been open to students since the start of the semester last Monday.The renovations, funded by the Office of the Provost, took place over the course of the summer.Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC Libraries, said that it was imperative that renovations be completed before the beginning of the fall semester.Some major highlights of the renovation are the new carpeting, paint and furniture that mirror the new decor of the first floor and basement. The first floor and basement were the first portion of Leavey to receive renovations back in 2014.Students have already been responding favorably to the renovations that have taken place.Rachel Hutson, a junior majoring in theatre, said that she is glad to see the availability of Mac computers, printers, space and bright lighting that accompany the newly painted walls.“It seems like the lighting is a lot nicer … It is bright in here,” Hutson said. “I like the way it is organized. It is not stuffy but really open.”Students can now look forward to more study seats on the second floor as seat numbers increased from 206 to 310 seats. The additional seats at Leavey arose from the shrinking of computer desk sizes from the past.“With today’s technology, we don’t need furniture that big,” Quinlan said.Quinlan mentioned that when Leavey opened in the 1990s, its computers were much larger and needed more room to accommodate. Today’s desktop computer, however, takes up less space, and Leavey is thus able to accommodate more desks and seats.Increasing capacity and facilities was a major focus of the renovations. USC Libraries has purchased more printers, scanners and copiers for the various floors in order to handle the increase in students.Study rooms have also increased capacity. Two specific group study rooms on the second floor are able to accommodate up to 14 students each.In terms of technology, Leavey has installed 76 upgraded Windows and Mac desktop computers that run productivity, statistical and design software. There is also now increased access to electrical outlets for laptop users.Quinlan expressed her satisfaction with student efficiency as it relates to the new layout of the second floor.“There’s more space, more chairs, more capacity and especially more variety of space so that it’s not just a study desk or cubicle and there’s more ways to rearrange the furniture to support what the students are trying to do,” Quinlan said.The renovations are in response to USG advocating renovation of the Leavey interiors. USC Libraries conducted surveys asking students if they believe Leavey Library should be renovated and how it could better suit students’ academic needs.Hugh McHarg, associate dean for programs and planning at USC Libraries, said that it was clear from students’ surveys that the library needed more study spaces.“The Academic Affairs Committee of USG got very interested in working with us to update Leavey Library so that it could better support the scholarly activities of our students,” Quinlan said. “They were very interested in making progress in how the space was arranged so that it could more fully encourage students to study in groups.”The second floor renovations are the second major facelift project undertaken at Leavey Library. The first renovation project took place last summer and involved upgrading the basement, first levels and the front terrace.USC Libraries plans on continuing renovations of Leavey Library next summer with the third floor.last_img read more

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Out of Bounds: Eagles, Bills are showing what makes sports great

first_imgJill Burke is a senior writing about sports in relation to current issues. Her column, “Out of Bounds,” runs every other Friday. Monumental steps like Sensory Inclusive stadiums are awesome, but even modest changes can make a difference. We can make sports inclusive in more ways than just how we equip stadiums. From now on — and especially this football season — let’s all make an effort, no matter how small, to welcome everyone into the special community that is the sports world.  The Eagles aren’t the only NFL team to take this step. At the Buffalo Bills’ New Era Field, fans can rent sensory inclusion bags free of charge from any Guest Services booth, making the stadium a “certified Sensory Inclusive space” this season. The bags contain materials similar to those at Lincoln Financial Field.  Part of why billions of people across the world enjoy being a fan and going to games is that it provides a sense of community and aids social integration. Studies have found that suicide rates temporarily dip every year around Super Bowl Sunday and the final game of the World Series. These are times when people typically gather to watch games and feel a sense of belonging.  The suite is essentially geared toward young fans with sensory processing disorders like autism or PTSD. It’s equipped with noise canceling headphones, verbal cue cards, fidget tools, weighted lap pads and much more. Beyond that, Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field employees have been trained to “recognize guests with sensory needs and … quell sensory overload situations.”  As college students, we don’t necessarily have the means to help design sensory suites at major stadiums, but there are still things we can do to welcome others into the sports community. Sports are often seen as a common ground for everyone. I’ve even heard the phrase “everyone speaks ball.” But sports, often known as the one thing that unites the world, can be ostracizing. Even beyond the challenge of loud stadiums that can be overwhelming for people with autism, not everyone feels welcome in the sports community.  It should be celebrated that NFL teams are making strides toward a more inclusive game experience while also normalizing these needs. All other sports teams should take note.  If you mention an upcoming USC game to an acquaintance in your class and they seem a bit awkward about it, encourage them to come with you and your friends. I know if someone had done that for me three years ago, it would have meant the world. If you mention the recent Dodgers loss to someone and they seem confused, they might not follow baseball or might not have grown up in a family that follows sports at all. Rather than shaming them, even unintentionally, briefly fill them in in a way that’s not condescending.  Too many times, I’ve watched people get embarrassed when someone quizzes them on their sports knowledge and they get labelled as being “not a true fan” when they fail. For one thing, you don’t have to know everything to be a fan and a part of the community. Rather than shaming people for what they don’t know, let’s instead make them excited about how cool sports can be. For example, if you find out that someone doesn’t know who Matt Barkley is, don’t say, “What? You’ve never heard of him?” Say something like, “Oh you’ve gotta look him up some time, he’s awesome!” I’ve strayed a bit from my opening thoughts on the progressive new things the Eagles and Bills are doing, but my point is that sports can be inaccessible or overwhelming to some. To others, the sports community can simply be intimidating. Sports seem very inclusive on the surface, and in general they are — but they can also feel isolating when you’re on the outside.  I didn’t understand it at the time. I had only ever seen construction workers with power tools wear those before. But when I recently learned that the Philadelphia Eagles opened up a sensory suite at Lincoln Financial Field for fans with sensory challenges and their families, I thought of that boy.  Sports accessibility goes beyond simply having handicap-accessible seating in stadiums. There are families all over the country with children or adults living with sensory challenges. These new accommodations allow those people and their families to experience the joy of going to a sports game with less strain. Let’s talk about a more surface level topic. When I first transferred to USC, I struggled to find people to go to football games with. I remember feeling so friendless knowing that everyone else was at the game in groups, and I didn’t even have someone to walk with me to the stadium. I felt like I couldn’t go to the Coliseum and sit in the student section by myself, and I know I’m not the only one who has ever felt that way.  Growing up visiting my relatives in upstate New York during the summer, we would frequently go see the Auburn Doubledays — the local minor league baseball team. Sitting in the bleachers at those games, I’d often see the same little boy wearing noise reduction ear mufflers at every game. last_img read more

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Dodgers make it a Sydney sweep

first_imgGordon led off the sixth inning with a bunt single and went to second base when catcher Miguel Montero overthrew first base. Puig drove in Gordon with a double to left field, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.Gordon’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh inning drove in A.J. Ellis with the Dodgers’ seventh and final run.The Diamondbacks ended the Dodgers’ shutout bid in the eighth inning. Jamey Wright, the Dodgers’ fourth pitcher of the game, walked Martin Prado and allowed back-to-back singles to Miguel Montero and Mark Trumbo. The announced crowd of 38,079 applauded loudly when Prado scored from second base on Trumbo’s single.Prado hit a two-run single off Jose Dominguez in the ninth inning and Trumbo hit a two-run home run off Kenley Jansen with two outs to provide the final score.A total of 14 pitchers threw a pitch. They combined to hit two batters and walked another 16. As a result, the game dragged more than an hour longer than the Dodgers’ 3-1 win on Opening Day, a game that lasted 2 hours and 49 minutes. The two games were played on Saturday in the home markets of both teams – the first at 2 a.m. Pacific time, the second at 7:14 p.m. Locally, Game 1 began at 8 p.m. Saturday and the second at 1:14 p.m. today. SYDNEY, Australia >> Hyun-Jin Ryu won 98 games as a professional pitcher in his native South Korea. In 2008, he won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing. As a major-league rookie last year in Los Angeles, Ryu won 14 games for the Dodgers.It should come as no surprise, then, that Ryu looked right at home at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. With his older brother, Hyun-Soo, in attendance, the Dodgers’ left-hander threw five shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing only two singles, walking one batter and striking out five. The Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5, sweeping their historic two-game series.One day before his first start of the season, Ryu confessed to a rare case of anxiety. It was no different before his first major-league start a year ago, a game in which he was shelled for 10 hits and got no run support in a loss to the San Francisco Giants. This game went much better for Ryu, who only allowed four earned runs in four Cactus League starts. And he had help.Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon (3 for 4), Yasiel Puig (3 for 5), Andre Ethier (2 for 4) and Juan Uribe (3 for 5) had multi-hit games. The Dodgers inflicted slow and painful punishment, scoring one run in the first inning, two in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh.Puig singled in the first inning, his first hit of the season. With one out, Ethier singled and Puig scored from second base.A single by Ryu, a double by Gordon and an RBI single by Puig – who was thrown out in a rundown between first and second base – gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.Mike Baxter’s double-play groundout with the bases loaded in the fifth inning drove in Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ fourth run. Uribe belted an RBI double to left field to score Ethier and make it a 5-0 game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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