Mailed 8/8/96


Upton, NY -- A concert featuring Satish Vyas and Sadanand Naimpalli, artists who specialize in playing the classical music of northern India, will be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Berkner Hall on Saturday, August 17, at 7 p.m. The program is open to the public and admission is charged.

Son of India's top-notch vocalist, C.R. Vyas, Satish Vyas had his initial training in vocal music. Under the tutelage of the renowned maestro, Shiv Kumar Sharma, he later learned how to play the santour, a dulcimer that originated in Persia, but is now common in India. Now a master santour player himself, Vyas made his first solo concert tour to the U.S. in 1992. He has also toured Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan.

Sadanand Naimpalli will accompany the harp-like tones of the santour with his expert playing of the tabla, a pair of different-sized drums. Naimpalli has won many honors in music competitions in India. At age 17, he was named the most accomplished young tabla player at the Interuniversity Youth Festival in India, and he was selected to tour Europe. Naimpalli has accompanied many of IndiaÃs most famous musicians in live concerts and recordings.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. The cost is $8 per person and $12 per couple. Families with children under 18 years old will be admitted for $15, all inclusive.

For more information about the concert, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is operated by Associated Universities, Inc., under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.