Bengali musicians to present free concert April 21

Ganga, musicians from West Bengal in India, will bring traditional folk music and villager-crafted instruments to SUNY Oswego in a 7 p.m. performance April 21 in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The free concert, titled “Setting Down Roots: Traditional Folk Songs & Music from Bengal,” will reflect folk traditions in India that are part of an oral tradition preserved over several thousand years—songs, for example, that decry such practices as bride prices that guarantee north Bengali women will marry older men.

Ganga, which has toured widely in the United States, often under sponsorship of the Smithsonian Institution, performs using traditional folk instruments such as the dotara, a four-stringed member of the lute family, and classical instruments such as the tabla, sitar and harmonium.

College organizations sponsoring Ganga’s appearance here include Artswego, the Student Association Programming Board, Auxiliary Services, Office of International Education and Programs, the Women’s Center and the history department.

The appearance is part of Quest, the college’s annual daylong celebration of scholarship and creativity. For more information and a schedule, visit

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(Posted: Apr 07, 2010)