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Ensemble History: Music of India Ensemble

The Music of India Performance Group was formed during the 1959-60 academic year.  In May 1960, they performed in the “Festival of Oriental Music and the Related Arts,” presented by the UCLA Music Department, with Robert Brown as director and Tanjore Viswanathan as flutist. The group remained an extra-curricular “study group” until the 1964-65 academic year, when the course Music 45F/145F (Music of India) was offered for the first time. The course was divided into two sections: North India and South India. Instructors of the Music of India Ensemble include: graduate student Robert Brown; Tanjore Viswanathan (1961); Harihar Rao (1961-66 and 1968-69); Gayathri Rajapur (1964-65); Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy (1975-94); Shubbo Shankar (1976-77); Prabha Atre (1985-86); Shujaat Husain Khan (1996-2010); Abhiman Kaushal (1998 to the present); Nishat Khan (2003); Rahul Neuman (2011-present). For more information see Music of India Ensemble.

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Music of India Ensemble
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Bob Brown playing the veena
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Student playing the veena
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
Music of India Ensemble
Photo: Courtesy Ethnomusicology Archive
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Shujaat Khan (2008)
Photo: Reed Hutchinson
Abhiman Kaushal
Photo: Courtesy Daniel Neuman
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Music of India Ensemble (2007)
Photo: Todd Cheney
Music of India, sitar class (2009)
Photo: Donna Armstrong
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