Spring 2022 Hindustani Music Residency

March 21, 2022

Hindustani Music Residency 


University of Virginia’s department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) in collaboration with Nomi Dave, (Music) and Jay Nottingham (Director of Development) is hosting a three-day Hindustani Music Residency from March 31st to April 2nd. The high points of the residency are the Lecture-Demonstration, Music and Poetry Workshop, culminating in a concert: An Evening of Ghazals. (April 2, 7-9 pm). 


The event will feature internationally acclaimed scholar, teacher, and performer of Hindustani (North Indian Classical) music, Pooja Goswami Pavan, along with the extremely talented harmonium soloist Kedar Naphade. Virtuoso Pankaj Mishra will support on the sarangi and Suryaksha Deshpande on the tabla. Mehr Farooqi of MESALC will be the cultural commentator for the concert, and the host for the Workshop.  


 Over the years, Pavan has extensively studied and mastered several genres within the larger umbrella of Hindustani music such as Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal, Bhajan and various folk inspired genres such as the Hori, Chaiti, Kajri, Sawani, and the KhayālShe received her PhD from the University of Delhi in 2005 and possesses extensive experience performing at the highest level around the world.  


Pavan and Naphade will demonstrate in Farooqi’s class “Introduction to the Literature, Culture and Arts of South Asia,” on Thursday March 31st (2-3:15). They will lead an interactive workshop, “Poetry and Music,” on Friday April 1st, from 11-1 pm in Hotel A-on the Range. The workshop will explore the possibility of studying performance as a mode of translation (particularly of ghazal poetry), as well as incorporating suggestions of the audience. Please note that this event is open to all, and no musical experience is needed. 


The Residency is supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice-Provost for the Arts, the IHGC and a host of departments across UVA.