Hartwick to Host Devotional Music from Sufi Traditions

Hartwick to Host Devotional Music from Sufi Traditions

April 4, 2014

On Thursday, April 10, Hartwick College will host an evening of North Indian devotional music from the Hindu and Muslim (Sufi) traditions. The event will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus.

The event, which will include performances by Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla accompanied by Ray Spiegel on Tabla and Maura Aziza Arraj on Tanbora, is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Shukla is a musician, scientist, writer, poet, and philosopher. While teaching physics and astronomy as an assistant professor, he decided to quit the family trade of academics and follow his heart into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. He returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search has led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains.

Shukla's repertoire includes compositions of Tyagaraja, Tulsidas, Surdas, and other poet-saints of India, as well as the musical compositions of Sufi saints. He has also been researching, recording and performing the folk songs of rural northern India, which, according to him, is an art form of unparalleled beauty which is fast becoming extinct.

This event has been funded by Hartwick College's International Club, Music Department, and Religious Studies Department.

For further information, please contact Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Sandy Huntington at 607-431-4325 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031