Indian Singer of Devotional Poetry to Perform at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 10, 2019—Prahlad Singh Tipanya, regarded as one of the most compelling folk voices in India today, will perform with his troupe at Williams College. Free and open to the public, the performance will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Tickets are not required.

Born in a small village in central India, Tipanya has earned international acclaim for his captivating music and the profound messages he shares through his performances. In contentious political times when views seem increasingly polarized, his voice brings people together to create meaningful dialogue.

He specializes in singing and interpreting the verses of the 15th-century poet, Kabir, and other Indian mystical saint-poets. His songs are a deep exploration into concepts of devotion and the spiritual discipline of yoga, all grounded within the realities of everyday life experience.

For the last two decades, Tipanya has been at the forefront of a “bhajan (song) revolution” in north India, mobilizing the words of poets and saints to help transform society. He has performed for audiences at local, state, national, and international levels. Since 1980 his voice has been heard on All India Radio, the national public radio broadcaster of India. Tipanya has been described as India’s voice of equality, and has been honored by the Indian government with the prestigious Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian awards.

This event is sponsored by the Lecture Committee, Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Davis Center, the Dean’s Office, the art, comparative literature, history, music, and religion departments, and the South Asian Students Association.


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