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    Mala Desai is an Indian-born dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a senior disciple of the Padmashri Guru Mayadhar Raut and holds a Diploma of Odissi from his school. She also collaboratively experiments with other classical dance forms. Mala has performed at events in India and the U.S., among them the 9/11 Remembrance Table of Silence Project and the 2010 Yaatra International Festival. She is the Artistic Director of Mala’s School of Odissi Dance. She is also on the Young Indian Culture Group faculty and is a Master Artist with Lotus Music and Dance. She holds private and group classes.

    Ikhlaq Hussain is an accomplished sitar maestro with roots in the renowned Delhi Gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music. Trained by his father, Ustad Imdad Hussain, in Karachi, and later by the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar in India, his playing has enthralled audiences at concert halls, consulates, and other venues in India, Pakistan, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Ikhlaq's deeply spiritual music is played in the "Gayaki" style, emulating the human voice and conveying the soul's yearning for the divine. He is committed to preserving and disseminating his musical heritage through performing and teaching Indian classical music.

    Alhaji Papa Susso is a Master kora (African harp-lute) player and Griot (oral historian) from The Gambia, West Africa. He hails from a long line of Griots of the Mandinka people and his father taught him to play the kora since the age of five. In 1974, he founded the organization The Manding Music and Dance Limited, which preserves and promotes his people’s music and folklore. Papa Susso is now a cultural ambassador in the U.S. and abroad. He gives class presentations and concert performances, recounting his people’s history, discussing the role of Griots, and performing their classical repertoire.

    Yoon Sook Park is passionate about spreading awareness and appreciation for Korean arts, having established the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute over 25 years ago. Before immigrating to the US from Korea, she spent over 25 years studying Kayagum (traditional Korean string instrument), Pansori (Korean opera) and dance with many of Korea’s leading artists. Her expertise lies in the style of the late Kayagum master, Yoo Dae Bong, and she is in fact the sole inheritor of his style. Ms. Park has won numerous awards and performed in over 1,800 concerts all over Asia and the U.S. Career highlights include solo recitals at Washington Smithsonian Museum in 1993, Duke University theater in North Carolina in 1996, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in 2004, Private Charity Party at Metropolitan Museum in 2005, Egg theater in 2008, and Jacob’s Pillow in 2010~2011, among others.

    The Gift of Wisdom

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The Gift of Wisdom

Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 2-4.30pm

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
Cross Street: Dahlia Avenue
Subways: 7 to Flushing-Main St
Buses: Q20A, Q20B, Q44 to Main St-Elder Av

$4 Adults
$3 Seniors
$2 Students with ID and children over 3 years of age
(718) 886-3800
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In the village setting of an autumnal garden, master artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Folk Artist Development Program present the sacred traditions that have been passed on to them through lineage and legacy. Imbued with reverence for the artists’ teachers, performances will include a devotional Odissi dance (classical dance form of India) by Mala Desai, a Hindustani classical composition on sitar by Ikhlaq Hussain, powerful songs of praise for elders on the kora (African harp-lute) by Alhaji Papa Susso, and a seasonal improvisation on the kayagum (Korean zither) by Yoon Sook Park. These artists, all masters of their own tradition, have collaborated and rehearsed together for the past few months, learning about each other’s traditions, and…having lots of fun in the process! Experience and participate in this spirit of sharing at the enchanting Queens Botanical Garden. All are welcome, including families.

Presented by Queens Botanical Garden in association with the New York Foundation for the Arts.