UC Santa Cruz Arts Division presents Prahlad Singh Tipanya

A rare performance of traditional Indian music and poetry

Prahlad Singh Tipanya performing; Image courtesy of the artists

University of California, Santa Cruz is happy to welcome Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his ensemble for a rare performance of Indian folk music featuring the poetry of singer-saint Kabir. The Sunday performance will include music that is rarely heard in the United States.

Tipaniya is an internationally recognized performer who has received numerous awards including the Madhya Pradesh Government Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007. He last played on campus around half a decade ago and is returning for a new era of students.

The form of music Tipaniya is performing falls under the Bhakti tradition, a medieval movement that sought to bring religious reforms. His music draws on the poetry of Kabir, a singer-saint who was alive in the 15th and 16th centuries (1440 - 1518). “A lot of his poetry are spiritual songs that provide, as we might say today, equal opportunity criticisms to all existing orthodoxies, religious or otherwise,” says Dard Neuman, an associate professor of music and Hasan Endowed Chair in Classical Indian Music at UC Santa Cruz. 

Neuman describes Kabir’s and Prahlad Singh Tipanya work as an “appeal to a humanism that unites through a collective experience that is both experientially ecstatic and ethically organized as social commentary that critiques any identity formation based on othering.

This concert is a part of a series of Indian music concerts organized by Neuman that bring world recognized musicians from South Asia to campus. It is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies. This marks the third Indian music concert held this academic year and the second this quarter.

More Information

Sunday, May 5, 2024

7:30 PM

Music Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz

1156 High St.

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Tickets: Eventbrite  ($0-$10)

Parking Information

Lot 126 is the closest parking lot to the event.

Parking is by UCSC permit, Park Mobile, or pay $5 cash/credit to the on-site parking attendant in Lot 126.