We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

The voice is the pre-eminent instrument of Carnatic (South Indian) music, which explains the genre’s affinity for the violin. Although not indigenous to the music’s region, the instrument does have a plaintive, almost-human tone that’s more direct than the denser sound of such Indian instruments as the sitar and the sarod. Lalgudi Krishnan is a third-generation exponent of the Lalgudi bani violin style, which seeks to emulate vocal music; his playing has been praised for its exceptional clarity and faithfulness to the form’s tradition, which is rooted in religious songs of praise. If that sounds too pious to rock the house, note that the beat is also central to Carnatic music, and that Krishnan will be accompanied by two percussionists: Kamalakar Rao on the mridangam, a two-headed drum, and A.S. Shankar on the ghatam, a clay jar. At 7:30 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)