Music: Dances of Hindustan

When a Hindu wants attention, he beats on a gong. To drive away evil luck, he blows a bleating blast on a sankha, an instrument shaped like a big ocarina. Last week, in Manhattan's tiny Carnegie Chamber Music Hall, there was both gong-beating and sankha-blowing. The occasion was an evening of Hindu dances, put on by two Hindus, Bhupesh Guha and Sushila, who live, teach and foster their dance troupe in the backwaters of Manhattan.

While turbaned musicians, sitting cross-legged on the floor, thumped on queer-shaped drums with fingers, palms and sticks, clinked tiny...

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