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Joel Veena brings Indian ragas to Brattleboro’s Stone Church on Sept. 12

BRATTLEBORO—Joel “Veena” Eisenkramer’s deep love for the classical music of north India has propelled him from his roots in southern Vermont to living and performing all over India and the world.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, he will be performing a concert of Indian ragas on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar at the Stone Church, accompanied by tabla artist Mir Naqibul Islam.

Eisenkramer, who performs as Joel Veena, began his study of the Indian slide guitar in 2007 while on a study-abroad trip in Delhi. He has since split his time between India and his native Brattleboro, traveling for several months out of the year to deepen his repertoire and understanding of the ornate art form.

Mir Naqibul Islam, a virtuosic performer of the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument, has carved a niche for himself in the New York music scene as an accompanist for a wide range of musical styles.

All ages are welcome. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6 p.m.

Indian snacks prepared by the Stone Church kitchen and a pop-up Indian handicrafts bazaar from Vidhiism (Vidhi’s Bollywood Jukebox), hosted by Eisenkramer’s wife, Vidhi Salla, will be offered.

Tickets are $15 in advance from StoneChurchVT.com and $20 at the door. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the event are required for entry. Masks will be required.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #629 (Wednesday, September 8, 2021). This story appeared on page B3.

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