May 20, 2015

The World Music Institute concludes its 2014-15 season with Songs of Tagore featuring Rezwana Choudhury Bannya on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Symphony Space.

Rabindranath Tagore was the great Bengali poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He championed a religion of man and sang of humanity’s common bond, and is the only poet in the world whose poems were adopted as national anthems by two countries (India and Bangladesh). More than 150 years after his birth, his “elegant prose and beautiful poetry” continue to inspire generations of people of all cultures. Tagore was also a great composer, having written and composed over 3,000 songs.

Singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is one of the greatest exponents of Tagore’s music. She studied at Shantiniketan, the school in West Bengal (India) that Tagore had set up at the turn of the 20th century. Herself a professor of music, Ms. Choudhury has spent the last 35 years bringing ­Tagore’s music and its message to the world through concert ­appearances, lectures and recordings, including Sruti ­Gitabitan, a collection of 2222 Tagore songs in 22 DVDs.

Co-presented with Muktadhara Foundation and Channel-i

Par Neiburger, Artistic Director in partnership with Muktadhara Foundation and Channel-i presents SONGS OF TAGORE featuring Rezwana Choudhury Bannya

A celebration of the great Bengali poet and Nobel Prize recipient Rabindranath Tagore
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Tickets: $35-$45; WMI Friends: $30-$40


Tickets for all World Music Institute events are available for purchase online at, by calling (212) 545-7536, or in person at the WMI Box Office at 101 Lafayette Street, #801.

Student and group discounts are available, as are VIP tickets for select events. Discounts are also available for WMI Friends with memberships starting at $70. WMI Friends enjoy priority seating throughout the season.

ABOUT WMI – World Music Institute

“a widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles.”
— The New York Times

Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States. For the past 30 years, WMI has built the most comprehensive concert series of diverse music and dance performances, presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. WMI encourages cultural exchange between nations and ethnic groups and collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding of the world’s cultural traditions. WMI works extensively with community groups and organizations including Indian, Iranian, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Hungarian, Irish, and Central Asian. This has enabled WMI to be at the forefront of presenting the finest ensembles from these countries.

WMI curates a full season of concerts each year in New York City in venues throughout the city, including Symphony Space, Town Hall, Roulette, Skirball Performing Arts Center at NYU, New York City Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and Carnegie Hall. It has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries including Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Many concerts have been presented as thematic series; these have included Global Salon, The Musical World of Islam, Masters of Indian Music, Dancing The Gods, Africa in the Americas, Music around the Mediterranean, and National Heritage Masters.

In addition to its regular programming, WMI has brought many musical, dance and ritual traditions to the New York or U.S. stage for the first time, including Laotian sung poetry, folk music of Khorason and Bushehr (Iran), songs of the Yemenite Jews, Bardic divas of Central Asia, trance ceremonies from Morocco, music from Madagascar, and Theyyams (masked dances) of Kerala, South India.


30th Anniversary Season Opening Concert
Friday, June 26, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
92nd Street Y
Tickets $45-$55, Limited Reserved Seating for $65

Complete 2015-16 program details to be announced next month.
Tickets available online at,
by calling (212) 545-7536, and at the WMI Box Office (101 Lafayette Street, #801)
Subscription, student, and group discounts available

For further information, press tickets, photos, and to arrange interviews, please contact Aleba & Co. at 212/206-1450 or

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