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Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures presents,

Date & Time:
November 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
An Evening of Classical Raga Music

An evening devoted to raga music, a genre of North Indian classical music featured in both Muslim and Sikh traditions.
Rod Squance, a University of Calgary instructor of music, and Abbas Janmohamed, a Toronto-based tabla player, have been playing raga music together for years in a form that they have adapted for the Canadian setting.

During the event, they will combine performance of raga music interspersed with lecture segments about the history of raga music, critical contributions to its development by Muslim musicians and thinkers, its use in Sufism, its role in bridging religious communities, and their adaptation of it in the Canadian context.

The music and lecture together will last approximately from 7 pm to 9 pm, including a 15-minute intermission and a 15-minute Q & A session. Refreshments will follow.


This event will engage elements of global Muslim cultures and ethnomusicology, and as such, its target audience includes those with an interest in Muslim cultures or music as well as the diversity of Canadian culture, both on campus and in the wider Calgary community.

The event is free and open to the general public, however we ask that you please indicate your intention to attend by completing an on-line registration form for yourself and also any guests, before November 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

On-line Registration Form