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01 Feb / 2010Program by:
Language: Indian Culture

Carnatic Flute Recital

On the 1st of February 2010 at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium in Bharat Nivas, Gordon Korstange presented a Carnatic flute recital accompanied by Umayalpuram Mali (mridangam) and Sri Balasundaram (violin).”I think about the 25 years I’ve been learning Carnatic music. I’ve had to become a musician without any background in western music; have constantly felt ignorant of things Indian musicians take for granted; have constantly wondered whether my music is authentic; and have spent most of my time hidden away in my practice room with a tanpora and photos of famous singer-saints on the walls alongside those of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Does it sound a little like doing Their Yoga in the USA? Yes, a similar sense, often, of dislocation, of gap between inner and outer lives, of manifold insecurities in the face of a materialistic culture–a culture which is us. My quavering aspiration sends flute sounds floating out on Lake Winnepasakee, but who’s really listening?” – Gordon KorstangeAn excerpt from’ ‘Collaboration – Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Summer 1995, Vol. 21, No. 1.