1. MALA DESAI, Master of Odissi Dance, performs at The Gift of Wisdom, a Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program, as part of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival. The event was held at the Queens Botanical Garden on September 15th, 2012.

    Desai is an Indian-born dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a senior disciple of the Padmashri Guru Mayadhar Raut and holds a Diploma of Odissi from her school. She also works collaboratively with other classical dance forms. Desai has performed at events in India and the U.S., including the 9/11 Remembrance Table of Silence Project and the 2010 Yaatra International Festival. She is on the Young Indian Culture Group faculty and is a Master Artist at Lotus Music and Dance. She is the Artistic Director of Mala's School of Odissi Dance and holds private and group classes. https://sites.google.com/site/malasodissi/

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  2. YOON-SOOK (DOOYI) PARK, Master of the Kayageum, accompanied by Indang Kim on the Janggu, an hour glass-shaped drum. They perform at The Gift of Wisdom, a Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program, as part of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival. The event was held at the Queens Botanical Garden on September 15th, 2012.

    Park was born in South Korea and began training at age 10 with three great Masters of the Kayageum (Korean zither), establishing herself as a renowned artist at an early age. In 1983, after 25 years of study, Park came to the U.S. to bring this musical form to an international audience. In 2001, she founded and continues to direct the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute (KTMDI) in NYC. She has won numerous awards and performed over 1,800 concerts throughout Asia and the U.S. including a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 2004. http://ktmdi.org/

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  3. IKHLAQ HUSSAIN, Sitar Maestro, performs at The Gift of Wisdom, a Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program, as part of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival. The event was held at the Queens Botanical Garden on September 15th, 2012.

    Hussain is an accomplished sitarist with roots in the renowned Delhi Gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music. Trained by his father, Ustad Imdad Hussain, in Karachi, and later by the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar in India, his playing has enthralled audiences at concert halls, consulates, and other venues in India, Pakistan, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Ikhlaq's deeply spiritual music is played in the "Gayaki" style, emulating the human voice and conveying the soul's yearning for the divine. He is committed to preserving and sharing his musical heritage through performing and teaching. http://www.ragasitar.com/

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  4. ALHAJI PAPA SUSSO, Master Kora Player and Oral Historian, performs at The Gift of Wisdom, a Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program, as part of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival. The event was held at the Queens Botanical Garden on September 15th, 2012.

    Papa Susso is a master Kora (African harp-lute) player and Griot (oral historian) from Gambia, West Africa. He hails from a long line of Griots of the Mandinka people and his father taught him to play the Kora at age five. In 1974, he founded the organization The Manding Music and Dance Limited, which preserves and promotes his people's music and folklore. Papa Susso is now a cultural ambassador in the U.S. and abroad. He gives class presentations and concert performances, recounting his people's history, discussing the role of Griots, and performing their classical repertoire. http://tcd.freehosting.net/papasusso.htm/

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  5. Master of Ceremonies and Performance by Kewulay Kamara, Finah or Oral Historian and Poet from the Mandeng Tradition in Sierra Leone, with Master Kora Players Saleu Suso and Malang Jobarteh. Kamara began the performance with an invocation that brings peace, reconciliation and harmony among members of a community and spirits past and present. Through the artistry of spoken word, he expressed the reciprocity between community and water, giving back to the spirit of water. He engaged artists and audiences in a celebration of this vital life force of water that represents the unity of all living beings. Throughout the evening, Kamara’s words also flowed through the other performances. This was part of Celebrating Water: A Showcase of Master Artists from the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program on May 27th, 2012 at Greenwich House Music School.

    Videography: Joliana Hunter-Ellin
    Production: Anna Mulé

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