Blackstone Parks Conservancy

Due to weather, the Classical Indian Music concert with Ajit Acharya, tabla, and Srinivas Reddy, sitar, has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 22nd, at 6 PM, at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Fingers crossed for clear skies!

To register for the event please click here. Bring a blanket!

The classical music of India is an improvisatory art music tradition with roots in ancient philosophies and yogic practices. Today there are two distinct classical systems: the southern Carnatic tradition and the northern Hindustani tradition. Srinivas and Ajit are practitioners of the Hindustani genre which they learned from their respective teachers in the traditional master-disciple mode of apprenticeship. The Hindustani music tradition is unique in its rich blend of Indian and Islamic aesthetics.

All classical music of India is based on two fundamental concepts of melody and rhythm, known respectively as raga and tala. Ragas are melodic landscapes that encode specific musical parameters related to note combinations and embellishments as well as non-musical guidelines regarding the intended mood and time/season of a given performance. Ragas evolved from the voice but can be expressed on any melodic instrument. The exposition of a raga is further accompanied by the complex polyrhythms of various talas as realized on the tabla drum.

Srinivas and Ajit will perform a medley of early evening ragas set to a variety of talas.

On the morning of July 17, when we had a break in the rain, Greg Gerritt led a tour of about 20 people along the shoreline of Blackstone Park with the goal of observing wildlife. We investigated both of the ponds and the cove at the north end of the park and were rewarded with sightings and pictures of two Great Blue Herons, a Black Capped Night Heron, an Egret, and a visit by a rather large snapping turtle.

Black-capped Night-heron. Photo by Melissa Guillet.

Egret. Photo by Melissa Guillet.

Greg Gerritt, noted urban naturalist, environmental advocate, and wildlife videographer, will lead the Shoreline Walk on Saturday, July 17th at 9 AM.

The Classical Indian Music concert with Ajit Acharya, tabla, and Srinivas Reddy, sitar, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 25th, due to weather.  We apologize for any inconvenience.