Sunday, July 22, 2007

Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic: Prem Raja Mahat

Prem Raja Mahat @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 21, 2007, Baltimore, MD

It's hard to imagine a more thoroughly likable personality than Prem Raja Mahat. His joy at presenting the folk musics and instruments of his native Nepal is rivaled only by his sincere enthusiasm for living in Baltimore. The bowed string instrument known as the sarangi was particularly engaging with its unique sound, intonation and the ornamented melodic lines that Mahat featured on that instrument. He also sang traditional folk songs accompanied by the harmonium and an original song of praise for his current homeland in charm city. His positive energy was a welcome addition of levity within the Exotic Hypnotic experience.

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