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Milestone achieved at Rice University: KTRU’s Golden Jubilee and Navrang completes 25yrs

Fantasy of Exotic Drums - 2016 Concert.

Fantasy of Exotic Drums – 2016 Concert.

 

 

by Sreyas Menon and Christian Capo
Rice University’s student and community-operated radio station began in 1967 as just that – a venture started by students noticing a need across campus, and a way for students to explore music together.
In 2000, KTRU DJs were thrown into fire for playing punk rock music concurrently with University sport broadcasts, leading to disagreements between DJs and administration, eventually reaching station shut down, major protests, and press coverage. After 8 days, the station resumed function, with joint oversight from administration and students.
The broadcast-center was, much to the dismay of the Houston community, sold in 2011 to the University of Houston System. KTRU lived on through various means until 2015 when it returned to the air, where it remains today as 96.1fm. Despite this uncertainty laden adventure, KTRU reached the monument of 50 years in 2017.
In 1992 KTRU’s most popular specialty show Navrang “nine colors” of Indian music was established and aired every Saturday 10 – 12noon. Nick Schlossman, ktru’s station manager, was passionate about Navrang and invited the newly joined Varsha Vakil, to maintain ktru ethics on the show. Varsha has been the charm of Navrang since 2008 and fluently changed Navrang dynamics with her charisma, enthusiasm and innovative vision. Utilizing the KTRU platform Varsha featured several prominent artists within the vast South Asian music realm.

Artists from the Indian Experimental Film Festival at Rice University

Artists from the Indian Experimental Film Festival at Rice University

KTRU’s DJ Varsha Vikil with the band ‘The Mayapuris.’

KTRU’s DJ Varsha Vikil with the band ‘The Mayapuris.’

KTRU invites Houstonians to this milestone celebration with a free concert, Swar Yatra – A Musical Journey, on Sunday, September 10, 5 to 7 PM. Embark on a musical journey across the Indian subcontinent with Fusion, classical instrumental and Hindustani vocal. The concert is at the Grand Hall, Rice University. Doors open at 4 PM with free henna, cookies and tea until the concert starts at 5 PM. At 7 PM post-concert, the audience can enjoy free Indian vegetarian cuisine and meet the artists.
KTRU sincerely thanks concert sponsors: Hindus of Greater Houston, South Asian Youth Alliance, Daya, Indian American Cancer Network, India Culture Center, ISKCON, Maharaja Bhog, Udipi Cafe, Govinda’s, and Deep Foods. KTRU conveys its heartfelt gratitude to media partners: Masala Radio, KPFT and GenerAsian Radio.


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