Experience Caravanserei in NH!

October 12th, 2011 by Alice

Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet brings Muslim art and artists to American audiences

October 12, 2011—The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) will host Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet in a special activity-packed residency from October 16-22, 2011.  This year’s residencies feature the creative arts of Pakistan.  The AANNH residency hosts two musical groups: Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers and the Tari Khan Ensemble.

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are the direct descendents of the first choirs to sing in the Khusrou qawwali tradition, more than 700 years ago.  They are considered the present-day torch bearers of this transcendent form of Sufi devotional music.  The Caravanserai residencies mark their first appearances in the U.S.

The Tari Khan Ensemble is led by percussionist Ustad Tari Khan, internationally acclaimed as “The Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan.”  Tablas are hand drums that whose mastery results in a wide array of sounds and tones.  His mesmerizing tabla performance will be accompanied by additional percussionists playing dholis.  Dholis are double-headed drums worn suspended from a strap across the player’s neck.  The player holds a different kind of stick in each hand and plays both ends of the drum simultaneously while spinning.

In addition to the culminating concert, the schedule of events includes a vegetarian potluck welcoming reception, world music jam, an intergenerational drumming workshop, and two informal presentations (for schedule details, click here).  All events except the final concert are free and open to people of all ages.

Launched by Arts Midwest in 2010 (on behalf of the US Regional Arts Organizations) with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Caravanserai residencies provide  American audiences a unique opportunity to “experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions.”   The AANNH is honored to be one of only five organizations in America selected as a host for the 2011-2012 season.  Please attend one or more of these unique and enriching events!

(Click the images below for one-page PDF study guides about each of the artists!)

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers








Tari Khan Ensemble

“Meet Your Neighbors” Salon Series: An Evening with Don Wharton

July 19th, 2010 by CfRP

7 p.m. Tuesday, August 3

The Rocks Estate, Route 302, Bethlehem

Landaff resident Don Wharton is the former president of Plymouth State University. Join us for an informal reading from Don’s “Landaff Days” and a discussion on writing about nature and community. All are welcome; donations gratefully accepted to support the series.

Preregistration appreciated. Call 323-7302 or e-mail info@ aannh.org

For more information see the flyer attached here! (PDF)

Friends of the Arts

July 12th, 2010 by CfRP

Exciting news to share!!!

Friends of the Arts  is inviting all our Arts Partners and Friends to a very
special Author Presentation on Monday, July 19th at our newest venue on Main
Street, Plymouth, NH, known as the Art Cellar.  There is no fee to attend,
although donations are always welcome.

We are very fortunate to have world class author and former director of both
the National Museum of American History and The National Parks Service,
Roger G. Kennedy, present excerpts and images from his new book, “‘When Art
Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy”.

Recently featured on NH Public Radio, Kennedy and his new book chronicles
the New Deal’s mobilization of artists to help reanimate our musical,
theatrical, pictorial, sculptural, and craft traditions, as it assisted
artists of landscape and citiscape to do their best work in the public

The presentation will begin at 6:30 and is sponsored by Friends of the Arts
Regional Arts Council.  Admission is free, although donations are always

To register for the program or for more information, please call (603)
536-1182 or you can email Executive Director, Mark Dionne, at

Hope to see on the 19th!

Cynthia Vascak and Mark Dionne

Mark Dionne
Executive Director
Friends of the Arts Regional Arts Council PO Box 386 Plymouth, NH 03264
(603) 536-1182

Cynthia Vascak Ph.D.
Chair, Art Department Plymouth State University Coordinator, MAT in Art
17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264

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