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Free concert Thursday at DL's Holmes Theatre

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will host a free concert by classical Indian musician Nirmala Rajasekar this Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Rajasekar is the first classical Indian musician to receive the Bush Artistic Fellowship. An accomplished veena player and vocalist, she performs Carnatic Music. This classical music system has its origin in South India.

Rajasekar has performed at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations in New York.

Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized performers in the world of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music. She began her training in this art form at age six, and debuted as a solo performer at age 13 in Bangalore, India. She is a disciple of the veteran veena guru, octogenarian Professor Swaminathan, and has had vocal mentoring under professors Sitarama Sarma and T.R. Subramaniam.

Since completing her musical training, Rajasekar has become one of the art form's best practitioners, taking the music of her veena to many parts of the world with utmost dedication, passion and a deep love for the art.

Her music is marked by a repertoire that reflects her adherence to the rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her gurus. As a fine vocalist, she has performed concerts and has been featured as the lead soloist in many musical productions. She has also showcased the 2,000-year-old tradition of Carnatic music and performed in collaborative setting playing and singing alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz.

Rajasekar teaches at the Naadha Rasa Center for Music, and is its artistic director. She also serves as an educator on many national and state teaching rosters in the country and abroad.

Presented by the Lake Agassiz Library System, this concert had programming support provided partially by the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.