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Indian Folk Concert: Prahlad Singh Tipanya

Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 7:30pm
Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC)
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Music Department

Experience the vigorous and joyful folk music of Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his ensemble, singing the poetry of Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of 15th-century North India.

Prahlad-ji is a locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed folk singer from Lunyakhedi, a small village in Ujjain District, Madhya Pradesh. He is renowned for his singing and interpretation of Kabir and other Hindi poets associated with nirgun-bhakti—devotion to a God or ultimate reality beyond word and form. Kabir is famous for both his profound mystical insight and his sharp social commentary. His voice is often invoked as inspiring communal harmony and social equality.

Among Prahlad-ji’s many honors is the prestigious Padma Shri award given by the Government of India. He has delighted audiences in the USA on various visits since 2003. He is a featured figure in the book Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India (Oxford University Press, 2015) by Linda Hess. Linda will be traveling with the group and offering onstage translation.


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  • Doors are scheduled to open 30 minutes prior to event start time


  • Ticket holders not seated by the event start time may forfeit their ticket/seat and refunds will not be issued