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Wilmington College's Issues & Artists Series to present Chitram: A Portrait of India

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   Wilmington College's Issues & Artists Series will present a program that explores the culture of India Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.
Americans' newfound fascination with India - as evidenced by the success of the film Slumdog Millionaire - will attempt to be satiated as Chitram: A Portrait of India delves into the diversity that exists in the nature of Indian culture.
The multimedia musical theatre production, featuring a 50-member team of artists including a choir, dancers and soloists, will portray the Indian subcontinent through music, dance and narration.
It has been described as "a mesmerizing combination of Indian hymns and instrumentals in conjunction with Western melodic creations that together had the effect of an inspiring symphony."
Chitram was conceived and created by Cincinnati-based musician, composer and educator Kanniks Kannikeswaran.
Chitram premiered at the Asian Cultural Festival, Wright State University, in April 2005. It has since been performed throughout the Midwest, where it was celebrated widely as a moving portrayal of India.
The program is free and open to the public.
The final event in WC's 2009-10 Issues & Artists Series will be "Pieces of War" with Kenny Carnes March 25.
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