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Arts and Performance

‘One Hundred Strings’ Concert

September 15, 2024 at 4:00pm6:00pm EDT

Hendricks Chapel, Main Room

Desi Performance hosts the on-tour group ‘One Hundred Strings.’ This group is a collaboration of South Indian Carnatic and North Indian Hindustani music consisting of acclaimed members Nirmala Rajasekar (, Sandi Chatterjee (, Thanajavur K. Murugaboopathi (, and Ramdas Palsule (

There will be a two-hour performance in the Hendricks Chapel Main Room on September 15th from 4 to 6PM.

The Saraswathi veena has 7 strings and the special Santoor that will be played in this tour has 93 strings. Hence the name (93 plus 7).


About the Saraswathi veena:

The Saraswathi veena is considered one of the most ancient instruments from Asia, some historians date it back to 5000 years, others say 2000 years, which is the age of the musical genre Carnatic Music—the classical music of South India. It is revered as the National Instrument of India and is so named as Saraswathi, the goddess of arts, culture and wisdom holds this instrument in her hand symbolizing all that she stands for.

About the Santoor:
Santoor is a string instrument that belongs to the Hindustani, North Indian Classical music of India. The original name of this instrument was Shata-tantri veena which in Sanskrit language means another kind of Veena many times with 100 Strings. For this tour the santoor being used is a custom instrument with 93 strings. The name of the  instrument has its origins in the Persian language that came to India through the arrival of that culture in India.

The Artists:
Nirmala Rajasekar – Saraswathi Veena
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Sandip Chatterjee – Santoor
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Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi – Mridangam drum
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Ramdas Palsule – Tabla drums

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This event was published on May 9, 2024.

Event Details

Maxwell parking lot behind the chapel.