South Asia music competition at UMBC


The 10th annual Indian Music and Dance Competition, the only event of its kind on the East Coast, will run next weekend in the Fine Arts Recital Hall of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Sponsored by UMBC's Ethnomusicology program and Catonsville's Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts, the event promotes appreciation of the artistic traditions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

More than 100 performers of all ages will compete in the categories of classical, folk and movie songs; classical and folk dance; violin; sitar; tabla (Indian drums) and other instruments.

The weekend begins at 9 p.m. Friday with a concert by Bangladesh vocalist Niaz Mohammed Chowdhury, tabla player Enayet Hossain and sitar players Ustad Ghulam Husain Khan and Mushtaq Husain Khan.

Tickets are $10 to attend the entire three-day program and $5 to attend the competition performances Saturday and Sunday. Call 747-3950.


Performances by Love Riot, Spoon Popkin and the Black Cherry Puppet Theater will provide entertainment for the anniversary fund-raiser for the Contemporary on Saturday at St. Stanislaus Hall, 724 S. Ann St. in Fells Point.

The Contemporary is an art museum that presents exhibitions in temporary spaces. The party will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets for the event are $10 a person. For details, call (410) 333-8600.


Poet Rose Solari, winner of the 1993 Artscape Literary Award for Poetry, will read from her work at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Irina's Cafe, 32nd and Barclay streets. The reading, free to the public, will be followed by an open reading. For details, call (410) 383-6928.


Olney Theatre has received a $10,000 grant from the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation to cover the costs and salaries of two to three participants in the theater's internship program. The theater offers internships in lighting, costume and set design as well as in acting.

The theater recently received a $5,000 grant from the Fannie Mae Foundation to help underwrite the costs of providing free and discounted tickets to such groups as the low-income elderly. This year, Olney has provided more than $25,000 worth of tickets to 42 groups in the Washington metropolitan area.


A fund-raising evening for Young Audiences of Maryland, a non-profit group that provides arts in education programming for Maryland school children, will run from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road. The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will perform. Tickets are $60 each. Call (410) 837-7577.


* Young classical singers under the age of 21 who wish to participate in the annual Rosa Ponselle "All Marylanders" competition should apply to the Secretariat of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation for a brochure and application. Applicants must be residents of Maryland. The deadline for application is Jan. 31. For details, call (410) 486-4616.

* Auditions for a Spotlighter's production of "Murder in Green Meadows" are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The March production calls for two men and two women aged 25-40. For details, call (410) 685-3156.

* The Part Two Dance Company will hold dance auditions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the County Ballet Dance Studio, 2232 Old Emmorton Road, in Bel Air. Dancers should possess an intermediate level of skill with a ballet background. Male and female dancers are needed for positions in the company and as apprentices and trainees. All dancers must submit a letter of intent to audition by Saturday. For details, call (410) 515-3009.

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