'Tablaphilia'

In Hinduism, the cacophony of life in all its meaningless sound and fury is referred to as the illusory Maya. When 22 tabla players and four vocalists gather to perform the music of Pandit Samir Chatterjee, though, unsuspecting listeners might find themselves catching a brief glimpse of the Atman beneath it all. Chatterjee interprets the four stages of Hindu life, from the irrational exuberance of the student to the meditative resignation of old age. The overwhelming result sounds at times like stampeding tap dancers, the speakeasy secret knock at the door to the soul, or the Ganges washing over you. LEVY
Mon., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., 2011

 
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