"The Gyuto monks represent a rich Buddhist tradition founded in 15th century Tibet. The monks are known for their meditative, multitonal singing in which each monk sings a chord containing two or three tones simultaneously. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has produced their albums.
The monks are touring the United States for the first time in six years and will perform at Clowes Hall on May 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the public; $12 for students and seniors and $10 for Indianapolis Museum of Art members. Tickets are available at Clowes Hall, any Ticketmaster location, by phone at 317-239-1000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
In the meantime, you can see the monks create a sand mandala at the IMA. These sand paintings are meant to be temporary and they are destroyed in a special ceremony when they’re done. The monks will create the mandala over a three-day period and you can watch the construction on Monday, May 7 from 2-5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 8 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m.-noon. The ceremonial destruction happens on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Admission to watch the program is free. For information, visit the IMA Web site at www.ima-art.org.