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Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) Ensemble “Abe-Ya” Performances in India

The Japan Foundation sends the Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) ensemble “Abe-Ya” to three cities in India (New Delhi, Calcutta and Chennai) to introduce Japanese traditional music.


Tour Schedule

New Delhi
Friday, March 13

Start at 18:30
Venue: LTG Auditorium

Address: Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, 110001

New Delhi
Saturday, March 14

Start at 18:30
Venue: NOIDA Authority Hall

Address: Sector 6, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Tuesday March 17

Start at 18:30
Venue: Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR

Address: 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700 071

Thursday, March 19

Start at 18:30
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha

Address: 314 T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018


Performers Information

¦ Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) Ensemble “Abe-Ya”

“Abe-Ya” is a group of musicians who play Japanese folk music led by Hidesaburo Abe, Tsugaru Shamisen player. The group consists of young talented musicians including Abe’s pupils as well as professional drummers, Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and other flute players, and Minyou (Japanese folk music) singers. The name of the group “Abe-Ya” derives from the leader’s family name, “Abe”. Also, there is a word in old dialect of Tohoku, Northeastern Region of Japan, which sounds similar to “Abe-Ya” and it means “Let’s go!”. “Abe-Ya” has been delivering the sounds of Japanese traditional music to people at home and abroad, flexibly combining a variety of members of the group into a unit for each event.


Hidesaburo Abe
(Tsugaru shamisen)

Takayuki Hashiguchi
(Japanese drum)

Ryota Kanazashi
(Japanese drum)

Makoto Sekine
(Japanese drum)

Yuta Kanazashi
(Japanese drum)

Performing Arts Division, Arts Department, The Japan Foundation
Contact: Ms. Hotta

Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6063 / Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6038 



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