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Friday, October 7, 2016


Photo of a sitar being played by one of the members of Family FUNKtion and Sitar Jams, an Indian fusion musical group that will play at Pitt-Bradford Oct. 14.

BRADFORD, Pa. -- On Oct. 14, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will welcome Family FUNKtion and Sitar Jams, a group from Buffalo, New York, that fuses Indian and Western musical styles.

The group’s performance will be a part of the Noon Tunes music series. It is a free event that will take place at noon in the Blaisdell Hall Studio Theater. A free, light lunch will be served.

Family FUNKtion and Sitar Jams is comprised of brothers Ravi, Aneal and Naryan Padmanabha. From an early age, the brothers started playing Western instruments like the drum set, bass and guitar. Together, they experimented with various genres from folk to punk rock.

As teenagers, they traveled to India and picked up styles of Classical Indian music. Since then, they have been experimenting with different musical fusions and blends.

Their performances combine elements of classical Indian music with jazz, funk, electronic and jam to create a psychedelic musical landscape.

“The sitar – a traditional stringed Indian instrument – is a beautiful instrument,” said Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford. “Family FUNKtion is great in that they combine the sitar with rock instruments in a very approachable way.”

For disability needs related to the concert, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or Carma Horner at

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