Taj Mahal LogoTaj Mahal Indian Restaurant
2080 Bennett Avenue • Lancaster PA
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

See John performing live on sitar every Saturday at the Taj Mahal.

2011 Franklin and Marshall College • Lancaster PA
World Music Class and Asian Religions Class Presentations
2011 Harrisburg Area Community College • Harrisburg PA
Lecture Demonstration
2011 Lebanon Valley College • Lebanon PA
2011 Roanoke College • Roanoke VA
Benefit Performance
2011 Hollins University • VA
2011 Willow Valley Retirement Center • Lancaster PA
2011 Goucher College • Towson MD
Asian Studies Class and Lecture Demo
2011 Messiah College • York PA
2011 York College of Pennsylvania • York PA
World Music Class
2011 Lancaster International Refugee Day • Lancaster PA
Benefit Performance
2011 Unitarian Congregation of York • York PA
2011 Woolen Mill Fan Company • York PA
Benefit Performance
2011 Yoga on Orange • Lancaster PA
2010 World Refugee Day Celebration
Eastern Market • Lancaster PA
2010 Asian Fest
Willow Valley PA
2010 Lecture Demonstration
Harrisburg Area Community College
2010 Concert & Lecture
Lebanon Valley College • Annville PA
2010 World Music Class Lecture Demo
Franklin & Marshall College • Lancaster PA
Asian Religions Class
2009 Ten Thousand Villages • Ephrata PA
Café performance on Indian sitar and tabla drums

Alash Ensemble"A Little Taste of Asia" Fundraiser
Jewish Community Center • Lancaster PA

A performance dinner with the Alash Tuvan Throat Singers and guest artist John Protopapas on the sitar to help support the Manheim Township Public Library. The world reknown musicians have been featured on NPR and are masters of Tuvan throat singing. The dinner includes a buffet from Blue Pacific Sushi & Grill, Rice & Noodles, Taj Mahal, Tokyo Diner and a cash bar.


"Like Nothing Else You've Heard:
Manheim Township Library Benefit Features Tuvan Throat Singers"
Lancaster Sunday News Article • Lancaster PA

2009 John @ the Fairie FestFairie Festival
Sitar Performance (times vary)
Spoutwood Farm • Glen Rock PA
2007 Cultures of the World Day Camp Presentation
Kids & Cultures • Lancaster PA

Sitarist to Present Classical Indian Music
Elizabethtown College • Elizabethtown PA

John Protopapas will present “Classical Indian Music on the Sitar: The Essence of Improvisation” in Elizabethtown College’s Zug Recital Hall. The event is open to the public free of charge.

In addition to performing, Protopapas will explain the concepts of improvisation as they are used in the Indian raga system and will compare Eastern modal music with Western harmony. He will display the drumming language and techniques of Indian rhythms on the tabla and pakhawaj.

The Cyprus native is an accomplished performer on the Hindustani classical stringed instrument. Protopapas was born and raised in South Africa and has been studying the sitar for more than two decades. He teaches world music at York College.

Protopapas’ presentation is part of the Mela: A Harmony of East & West celebration. This multi-event, multi-venue series is being presented from Feb. 25 to April 1 through a collaboration of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Elizabethtown and Franklin & Marshall Colleges, Lancaster Museum of Art, Millersville University and York Technical Institute with the support of the Embassy of India.

2002 "From the Himalayas, Music of Serene Beauty;
John Protopapas and Family Bring Indian Music Here"

Intelligencer Journal Article • Lancaster, PA
Author: Ray Grunnert

Ragas and Rhythms
Johns Hopkins University

A performance by sitarist John Protopapas; Shriver Hall.


Fly Magazine Article


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