Kids and parents enjoy the EISMA “Music of India” program with Gurmeet Marhas. Photo by EISMA

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Dozens of children wriggled, squealed and danced with excitement at the Evanston In-School Music Association’s latest program Nov. 11 at the Evanston Public Library. The “Music of India” program featured music and dance by Indian performers Sarawathi Ranganathan on veena, Indranil Mallick on tabla and Sai Raghavan on double-headed drum. Gurmeet Marhas danced the Northern Indian classical dance style, called “Kathak,” which means story.

Ms. Ranganathan is an award-winning performer on the veena, a classical Indian instrument similar in shape and sound to a sitar.

Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) was launched in 1971 to provide live music performances to Evanston primary and middle school students. The organization is dedicated to “inspiring students, supporting local musicians and connecting community by presenting professional music programs that bring joy and appreciation of diverse musical genres.”

The organization’s concerts are designed to expose students to “the musical expressions of many different genres and cultures, teach respect for the skill and craft of making music, build audiences and inspire the performers of tomorrow.”

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The Nov. 11 program was supported by Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Arts Council and Illinois ARTS Council Agency.