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Singers represent India's classical traditions

Indian classical music achieves critical mass on Saturday with two concerts by well-known singers on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. The music of India is as diverse as the vast country from which it comes, and the concerts represent different traditions. P. Unnikrishnan, above, is being presented by Swaralaya of Tampa Bay, an organization devoted to Carnatic music, the classical music of southern India. Ulhas Kashalkar, presented by the Indian Classical Music Foundation, performs Hindustani classical music from northern India.

A steady stream of Indian music has come to the bay area in recent years, including last year's remarkable concert by saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, a Carnatic musician presented by Swaralaya.

Unnikrishnan performs with a violinist and percussionist at 6 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the College of Public Health. $15, $20, $5 for students with ID. (727) 942-8150 or (813) 679-7298. Kashalkar, accompanied by tabla and harmonium, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in Cooper Hall 103. $15, free for USF students with ID. (813) 265-0350.

_ JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic