Alliance Française de Vancouver brings Kiran Ahluwalia and Pandit Vithal Rao to Vancouver

Alliance Française de Vancouver brings Kiran Ahluwalia and Pandit Vithal Rao to Vancouver

I have learned that the ancestry of bagpipes goes back to India… but
I haven't quite learned the cross-over history of the French and
Indians yet.

This announcement was sent to me from Alliance Française.  I think
they heard that I speak better french than I speak

Kiran Ahluwalia is great! 
While she specializes in traditional ghazal and Pujabie folksongs, she
has also done a world music cross-over album titled “Beyond Boundaries.”

I first saw her in the jazz opera Quebecite, written by George Elliot
(Afro-American-MicMac First Nations Canadian) and D.D. Jackson
(Afro-American-Chinese-Canadian).  Incidentally, George and D.D. are writing a new jazz opera about Pierre Trudeau!


The Alliance
de Vancouver is proud to announce the first
Vancouver appearance of one
of the grand masters of Indian vocal tradition

Vithal Rao

by Juno Award-winning singer Kiran Ahluwalia,

p.m. Thursday, November 16, at the Roundhouse Community Centre
Roundhouse Mews, Yaletown, Vancouver .

Award-winning singer Kiran
Ahluwalia presents an evening of
exquisite Indian vocal music, featuring her guru Pandit Vithal Rao, a grand master of the ghazal, romantic poems set to

Born in 1930, Vithal Rao spent his early years as a
court musician in the palace of the last prince of
Hyderabad . Kiran will act as host ,
sing a duet or two with her teacher, and lead a Q &A session after the
performance. She will also tell stories from the extraordinary and colourful
life of Vithal Rao, one of the jewels in the crown of Indian culture, who is
visiting Canada
for the first time in 32 years.

At the
Roundhouse Community Centre, Yaletown,

Thursday, November 16.       8 p.m.

Tickets $22 in advance ($25 at door)

Banyen Books, Sophia Books, Zulu, Highlife, and
Alliance Française.

Also by phone at 604 231 7535 or online at

More info at



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