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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC)

6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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Indian Summer Festival 2019

Concert Presenting Partner: Nature’s Path

Blind and Low Vision Reception Presenting Partners: VocalEye and The Bandish Network

Amjad Ali Khan & Sons

World masters of sarod

Exclusive Reception for Blind and Low Vision guests and their companions. This event will centre and privilege the sensory experiences of people who are blind and partially sighted.

Indian Summer Festival invites members of the blind and low vision community to an exclusive pre-concert experience featuring a talk and touch-tour led by Hriday Buddhdev. Guests will have the opportunity to feel the shape and structure of the instrument, sit up close to absorb the musical chemistry, hear the introspective resonance, and experience the sensory movements of playing the music with the hand over hand method. Hriday will illustrate historical insights about the styles of Sarod, with instrumental demonstrations of musical concepts to listen for during the concert. He will also explain the musical traditions and the key influences which have impacted the evolution of the Sarod styles.

Following the reception, guests will be guided to their special reserved seating in “the Royal Box” for the concert performance.

Hriday Buddhdev studies the Maihar-Senia style of Sarode with Ustad Alam Khan, son of the great, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Sarode maestro and one of the chief exponents of the Maihar-Senia Gharana. Hriday is a 14-year-old Grade 10 STEM student with a deep passion for Indian classical music. He has been learning Tabla since he was 4.5 and at the age of 9, his keen interest with Sarode was affectionately initiated by UBC's Sanskrit lecturer, Dr Thomas Hunter.

With thanks to Nina Buddhdev for her support on this presentation.

“Amjad Ali Khan, who, for many, is god-like in his dramatic powers on the Sarod, delivers his music with the emotional voltage of the blues…” - The Edinburgh Herald

Amjad Ali Khan is the undisputed master of the sarod, and one of India’s most celebrated classical musicians. His ancestors developed and shaped the beautiful nineteen stringed instrument, and his richly talented sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash are the seventh generation of the family to play it. Together their 57 strings can whisper, wail and thunder through centuries of musical repertoire, from classical compositions to folk songs and jazzy improvisations. The Khans perform regularly at the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Mozart Hall and the Sydney Opera House. We are delighted to welcome them to the Chan Centre for this special concert at Indian Summer Festival.

Venue description and accessibility information: Chan Centre Venue Information

Tickets to this reception include complimentary tickets to the concert.

Both the concert and the reception are complimentary for all Blind and low vision people and their guests, advance registration is required.

Tickets with this reception will include seats in the Royal Box; a balcony box inside the Concert Hall. The Royal Box is incredibly placed for acoustics, and is directly accessible to and from the reception. Sitting here will avoid the crowds in the rest of the audience, and seating will be roomy. Like a private box at a Canucks game! Please note that the sightlines from this box are not as ideal as the floor; the box was selected for the quality of the sound, not sight.

Please select from one of the following options:

$0 - Register for reception & concert, with a seat(s) in the Royal Box.

$0 - Register for the reception only - I’d like to sit elsewhere in the Concert Hall, and have purchased my seats for the concert separately.

$70 - Register for reception & concert, with a seat(s) in the Royal Box, and donate to cover expenses (edited)


Reception: 6:45pm - 7:30pm in the Chan Centre RBC Cinema

Concert: 8:00pm - 10:00pm in the Chan Centre Concert Hall

With thanks to Hari Sharma Foundation, BC Council For International Education and UBC Asian Studies for their support of this event.

Indian Summer Festival is made possible thanks to the wonderful support of:

Image description: logo images of all our major sponsors: SFU, Langara, UBC, Heritage Canada, Province of BC, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, the Georgia Straight, CBC, and Spice Radio.


Are there services fees on top of the ticket price?

For your convenience our listed ticket prices include GST. Service fees will be added at check out.

Will there be an intermission?

The concert will be approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event. Everyone, including children of any age, requires a ticket.

What is the refund policy for this event?

Refunds are not available for any Indian Summer Festival events.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

While there may be some tickets available at the door, we recommend buying in advance as many events do sell out. The box office will open at 12:00pm the day-of the event. Tickets will be at the door while supplies last, available for purchase by cash or credit card.

What is the accessibility of this event?

Please contact if ticket price is an obstacle (subject to availability).

Mobility Access: Both the reception and the Royal Box reserved seating area are wheelchair and scooter accessible, including washrooms, ramps and elevators, and wide entrances and exits. When approaching the Chan Centre entrance from the top of the stairwell off of Main Mall, there is an elevator located near the flagpole plaza; south-west of the main doors to the Chan Centre.

Parking: The Rose Garden Parkade has quickest and easiest parking access to the Chan Centre. There are a number of accessible parking stalls on level 5 (payment machines are located on level 3 and 5 of the parkades), and an elevator inside the Parkade.

Transit: Plan your trip. Address: 6265 Crescent Rd Vancouver

Bathrooms: There are bathrooms in the hallway between the RBC Cinema room (reception) and the Concert Hall entrance that we will be using for this reception event.

Seating Plan: The Chan Centre has cushioned, theatre style seats. The guests at this reception are being treated to seats in the Royal Box - a seating area with direct access to and from the reception room. The seats in the Royal Box are a mix of levels - some without steps and some with steps up or down.

Be Scent-Sensitive: Many people are allergic to scented products. Please help us keep our events accessible for everyone by refraining from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, and other scented products while attending all Indian Summer Festival events.

If you have any access requests or concerns regarding this information please email Laura June at

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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC)

6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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