UGA’s Performing Arts Center presents award-winning sarod player Aditya Verma (below) at 8 p.m Jan. 28 in Ramsey Concert Hall. The sarod is a 23-string Indian classical music instrument that traces its origins back to the 16th century, and Verma is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent sarod players. Tickets are $20 (half price for UGA students with valid ID).
Based in Canada and India, Verma is fast emerging as a force on the world music stage. He has collaborated with artists from various traditions around the globe in both classical and popular music, including a performance with the Washington Symphony Orchestra on Capitol Hill for an audience of more than 500,000 people. Growing up in Montreal in a family deeply involved in the traditions of India, Verma started playing music at an early age. In 1987 he moved to India to study Hindustani classical music as a disciple of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar and renowned sarod master Ustad Aashish Khan.
For his Athens engagement, Aditya Verma will be joined by tabla player Abhiman Kaushal. A master of the tabla (Indian percussion instrument), Kaushal serves as assistant adjunct professor in the University of California Los Angeles Department of Ethnomusicology.