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Shirish Korde – VAk

By Irina Muresanu

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Live Performance, University of Maryland Clarice Performing Arts Center.Vak is modeled after a classical North Indian Raga performance which consists of three sections: Alap, Jor and Jhalla. Vak is a sanskrit word which literally translates into “speech”. But Vak (also spelled as Vac), commonly refers to the “goddess of speech”. Her many attributes include “one who enters into inspired poets, visionaries and who is a friend of musicians.” She is also the mother of all emotions and mother of the sacred scriptures called the Vedas.