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Music of India comes to Whidbey Island

Anjali Joshi is well known in the Seattle area as a solo santoor artist.  -
Anjali Joshi is well known in the Seattle area as a solo santoor artist.
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A Music of India Concert with Anjali Joshi (santoor) and Jayant Bhopatkar (tabla drums), with a short opening Kirtan with Shakti Seva, will be presented Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

The location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 Highway 525, two miles north of Freeland. Admission costs $15.

Earlier that same day, a Ragas (melodies) of India Workshop with Anjali Joshi will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at South Whidbey Commons Coffee House, Commons Room, 124 Second St., Langley.

Cost is $30, or $40 if attending the concert.

The musical day is a benefit for Mercy Corps international relief and Friends of Friends, the medical support fund for South Whidbey residents.

Originating in Persia, the santoor is an ancient instrument of India, with 100 strings played with curved mallets. It was played with folk music of Kashmir as well as by Sufi mystics. Anjali Joshi is well known in the Seattle area as a solo santoor artist and an accompanist on harmonium to vocal and tabla artists. She runs a music school for students of all ages, which is a top school for instrumental music in the Seattle area.

Jayant Bhopatkar will accompany her on the tabla drums. The concert will open with local Kirtan group Shakti Seva leading devotional singing from India in a call and response manner.

A music workshop with Anjali will be offered during the afternoon at the South Whidbey Commons. The theme is to provide an introduction to Indian/Hindustani classical music (ragas). Review basic notes and then learn a few simple compositions with an insight into how the rules work and how you can embellish the composition.

The workshop is for any instrument — violin, guitar, piano, wind instruments, etc. Please bring your instrument or just sit in to get a basic understanding of the music.

Visit Anjali’s website for details.

For more information on the concert or workshop, contact Bob Effertz at 360-341-1739 or email

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