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Concert features south Indian classical music performed by Father Paul Poovathingal, October 4, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Department of Music at Vassar College presents an evening of south Indian classical music performed by Father Paul Poovathingal, a specialist in the Karnatic style of music, on Monday, October 4. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 8:00pm in Skinner Hall of Music’s Thekla Hall (room 400).

Organized by Rachel Chacko, a post-doctoral fellow in the music department, Chacko noted that she hopes that “the college and area community will attend this concert to learn more about this unique south Indian music.”

Known as “Paadum Paathiri” or the “singing priest,” Rev. Dr. Paul Poovathingal CMI studied with legendary Indian singer Dr. K. J. Yesudas and Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri. He has performed throughout India and abroad, including at an international music festival organized by the University of Durban (South Africa), at Princeton University, and for the President of India. His repertoire includes Hindu, Christian, and Muslim themes and he has composed 400 songs and released 15 albums. 

Poovathingal is an ordained priest in the congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate and he noted that he is the first Christian priest to have completed a Ph.D. in Karnatic music in India. Currently he serves as the director of Chetana Sangeet Natya Academy, a center for training and research in performing arts located in Thrissur, Kerala, India. In addition he is a member of the visiting faculty of the department of Indian music at the University of Madras. 

About the Department of Music

Music has occupied a place of prominence at Vassar College since its founding, in its curriculum, faculty, student activities, and facilities. Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program encompassing opportunities for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in several or all of these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of 15, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential. 

For additional information and details on all Vassar College Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294 or visit the websitehttp://music.vassar.edu.

The Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College is wheelchair-accessible. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions. Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus’s adjoining south parking lot. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 21, 2010