Rehabilitation Clinic for Children – Kolkata

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Music really has an intense and immediate impact on children, especially those who are suffering. I get to see this each week that I am at the Rehabilitation Clinic for Children in Kolkata. This very special hospital for poor children from West Bengal and Bihar provides comprehensive surgery, prothetics and physical therapy for over 500 children each year, free of cost. Some of the children stay for over 2 years here as they undergo slow and painful corrective surgery. But what is most remarkable, is that every child walks out of the hospital after their stay.

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I have been coming here now for 3 weeks, and yesterday was my 5th session with the kids. The connection to them is amazing, each time I come to the hospital with my tabla, the kids get very excited. While there, i accompany them on tabla and also lead body rhythm workshops. The kids sit on the floor, many of them in casts, and we clap, we whisper, we shout, we laugh and we recite tabla bols. Sometimes, i treat them to a picture show using a projector.

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It is amazing to see their eyes light up as we travel far away via their imagination from the suffering they are currently enduring. They forget their pain for a little while, and they can be silly beautiful children, playing in music. Some days, I bring special guests with me to open the ears of the children more. Eric Fraser, another Fulbright scholar and a certified Music Therapist, came to class to play bansuri for the children. They loved it! He then led an interactive group session with the children using clapping and singing.

Project Ahimsa made the donation of all the instruments here possible. Most important, the music teacher Krishnaji, who is a trained musician from abinder Bharati University, has been coming here for over 10 years. Her salary is supported by Project Ahimsa, and she comes twice each week to be with the children. Working alongside her is inspiring. 

EKTAVA – All in One @ Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

I arrived in India over 2 weeks ago, and each day since has been full of music, service, art and love. There has been of course the usual adjustment period healthwise, but the sustenance from art and community have carried me through. After arriving in Delhi for Fulbright Orientation, I made my way onto to Kolkata to meet with ITC Sangeet Research Academy, the institution that is hosting me for the next 9 months in India. From Kolkata, I was off to Gujarat for 10 days, where I began project development in earnest at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, where NGO Manav Sadhna is based. My research on music education here will be primarily focused on a project entitled EKTAVA, which literally means Oneness. This project, featuring 18 extremely talented children from some of the poorest sections of Ahmedabad, is a multi year dance/theater/music project that is being developed by Nimesh Patel and Darpana Academy. Children meet daily for 2 hours to practice dance and choreography at Darpana. The evolving storyline, due to be complete in the next 3 months, will focus on Gandhian principles of compassion, unity, and non-violence. A substantial donation from Compassionate Chefs Cafe, based in San Francisco, has made rehearsals and logistics possible for this special project, which one day aims to tour the world.

As part of rehearsal one day, I led a Conduction session with the children based on tabla bols. We first learned to clap basic rhythms in Dadra (cycles of 6), followed by each child having a chance to lead the group with their own creativity.

The children are incredibly inventive and creative, and in just the few days that I was part of rehearsals, I noticed tremendous progress in terms of listening and staying focused.

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The skills they are developing together will organically result in a production. Nimesh has been fully focused on supporting this project, and his original project Let Them Sing served as the basis for Global Lingo.

We hope to collaborate more in the coming months, as Global Lingo 2 comes into form in tandem with this special project. The donation from Compassionate Chefs Cafe also helps provide daily nutritious meals, safe transportation, and practice space for the children.

My session with the children ended with tabla lessons, where they were able to incorporate the body rhythm exercises into actual playing. I’ll be returning to Manav Sadhna to support this project in March/April 2011, after 3 months in Kolkata.

FULBRIGHT SENIOR RESEARCHER AWARD + PROJECT AHIMSA – INDIA 2010

On November 17, 2010 I depart for India for a 9 month Fulbright assignment to Kolkata and Ahmedabad.  My project, entitled “Music & Arts Integration: Empowering Youth in Kolkata and Ahmedabad” is designed to reflect and build upon my 7 years of work at Project Ahimsa.

The project schedule is shaping up nicely, full of new collaborations and travel to parts of India that I haven’t been before. I am most excited about having a large canvas time to really develop strong relationships with the children I plan to be working with.  I also intend to dedicate solid time for in-depth tabla study, practice, and recording. Collaborations with MC Yogi, JBoogie, Bandish Projekt, Eric Fraser, and many others are in the works. I’ll be updating my blog regularly from the field: www.tablapusher.com/blog.

I arrive in Delhi for 5 days of orientation, after which I will be in Kolkata. I’ll be staying near Lake Avenue, in the Southern part of Kolkata, very close to many great artists including my tabla Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. The ITC Sangeet Research Academy will be my primary academic base while in India. I’ll also be making an introductory 10 day visit to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, to seed project work on a global dance/drama production with children there. Special regional project visits to Kathmandu, Chennai, Jaipur and Goa are already planned for March and April, 2011. Specific NGOs where I will be working with children are:

Blind School for Children (Gandhinagar, Gujarat)
Manav Sadhna / Mahatma Gandhi Ashram(Ahmedabad, Gujarat)
Mentaid(Kolkata, Bengal)
Disha Foundation (Kolkata, Bengal)
Prabartak Orphanage for Mentally Handicapped (Kolkata, Bengal)
Rehabilitation Clinic for Children Orthopedic Hospital (Kolkata, Bengal)

How You Can Help: I am grateful to  Project Ahimsa, Flavor Group and a wide range of individual donors who have contributed to helping me with uch needed equipment purchases including updated music recording software for my MacBook Pro, an Akai 1000 sampler, microphones, HD video cameras, lenses, and a digital projector. Additional support for recording and production equipment is still needed. If you are interested in supporting my journey, please contact me at robin@astralaudio.com. Also, please contact me if you would like to visit me on-site in India during my time there

INDIVISIBLE CROSS COUNTRY TOUR

Indivisible – An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry

Midwest Tour with Neelanjana Banerjee

After departing San Francisco on October 20, 2010, Neelanjana and I have been on an epic road trip highlighted by 4 Readings from Indivisible at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul MN, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Oberlin College, and North Carolina State University.

The vast expanse of the western frontier building up to Jackson, Wyoming were especially incredible. We checked out the Grand Teton Range, the Crazy Horse Monument, the Buffalo Bill Museum, Deadwood, endless pastures, canyons and a ranch in South Dakota. We saw friends and family along the way, but San Francisco remains intensely in our thoughts as we prepare to leave for India. Check out our pictures on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2bcyawh and http://tinyurl.com/2cf74a3

LUCKNOW THROUGH THE LENS OF BOLLYWOOD: LACMA

Lucknow Through the Lens of Bollywood

A lecture by Robin Sukhadia

Sunday, October 10, 2010

LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2pm – Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Blvd • Los Angeles California 90036

In advance of LACMA’s forthcoming exhibition India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow (December 12, 2010–February 27, 2011), join us for a presentation on the culture of Lucknow in films produced by directors of Hindi and Bollywood Cinema from the 1960s to the present. The lecture will examine, through a range of film clips and live tabla performance, the musical heritage of Lucknow and the romanticized portrayal of the city’s courtesans, Muslim nobility, and colonial history. Robin Sukhadia is a tablaplayer who trained under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, a master of the Lucknow musical tradition. He regularly lectures on the history of Bollywood film and music.

Sponsored or the Southern Asian Art Council.

RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES @ POWER TO THE PEACEFUL

I’ll be joining Rupa & the April Fishes on the main stage at Golden Gate Park in SF on September 11, 2010! With their enchanting mix of chic French nouvelle vague, rousing Latin alternative grooves, energetic Gypsy swing, and dreamy Indian ragas, the trend-setting Rupa & the April Fishes is spearheading a multicultural movement that is redefining the sound of contemporary music.

Known for their multilayered sound drawing from many traditions, Rupa & The April Fishes, have played major venues and festival stages in the US, Europe and Canada including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Central Park Summer tage and the Dranouter Folk Festival. The UK’s Guardian says, “[Rupa] deserves to become something of a global celebrity thanks to her cheerfully cool and soulful vocals and ability to write songs that switch between Gypsy and mexican styles, reggae, French chanson and Indian themes.”

AR RAHMAN VS. RD BURMAN: 3RD I LECTURE SERIES

From art-house classics to documentary films, innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd i (www.thirdi.org), is committed to promotingdiverse images of South Asians through independent film.  3rd i’s Speaker Series invites scholars, experts and enthusiasts to explore a variety of topics related to SouthAsian cinema – from cinema history and famous personalities, to current trends and politics of representation. Talks are illustrated with film clips, stills, sound bites and other media. Presentations are followed by an open discussion moderated by the speaker.

On Sunday August 15, 2010,  bay area scholar and musician Robin Sukhadia presents R.D. Burman vs A.R. Rahman. The interactive talk will profile the two legendary composers and culminate in an audience battle to determine which of them is the ultimate ‘Maestro of Bollywood’. More details, including instructions regarding audience participation, will be featured on www.thirdi.org.


Where: Artists’ Television Access (992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA94110).
Tickets are $8-$10 sliding scale

3rd i’s 2010 Speaker Series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

CHILDREN’S TABLA WORKSHOP – JULY 11, 2010 – PENINSULA

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Join Robin Sukhadia for another fun oriented informal Tabla music workshop specially designed for young children between the ages of 3 – 8 years.   It involves a simple, easy to follow lesson on tapping Tabla along with singing Tabla bols, a tap along story, and dancing to Tabla beats. Robin Sukhadia will lead the Tabla lesson and introduce children to traditional Indian rhythms and the percussive language of Tabla.  Each child will get to tap on Tabla provided in the workshop.   A story will be read and the children will bring the story to life by dramatizing it with different sounds on Tablas.  The workshop will end with dancing to Tabla rhythms.  Props such as scarves may be used to add in the fun!

Kids who love to bang would get a real ‘bang’ out of this class, be creative with different sounds, and have a unique musical experience!  No previous experience necessary. Open to all sound loving kids.   Come dressed in your traditional outfit to set the tone!

Two sessions, each lasting 45 minutes, will be offered.  The cost is $20 per child.

Sunday July 11, 2010

10am – 10:45am: 4- 8 years old children (8 participants max)

11am – 11:45am: 3 – 4 years old children (8 participants max)

Location: Burlingame (close to Burlingame Ave, Cal train station, and Highway 101), CA

If you’re interested, please email Rachna at arachna@pacbell.net.  The spaces are filling up quickly.

FULBRIGHT SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD – INDIA 2010

I am both humbled and thrilled to have been awarded a 9 month Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship to India. My project, entitled “Music & Arts Integration: Empowering Youth in Kolkata and Ahmedabad” is designed to reflect on and build upon my 7 years of work at Project Ahimsa. During that span of time, Project Ahimsa has supported over 35 different music education programs for underserved children worldwide, in countries including Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, and India. In 2010, Project Ahimsa released Global Lingo, an album featuring the talents of children served by all of the organization’s programs. Through the Fulbright Award, I aim to spend extended time with 5 specific programs based in Kolkata and Ahmedabad including the following:

Blind School for Children (Gandhinagar, Gujarat)

Manav Sadhna / Mahatma Gandhi Ashram (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

Mentaid (Kolkata, Bengal)

Disha Foundation (Kolkata, Bengal)

Prabartak Orphanage for Mentally Handicapped (Kolkata, Bengal)

Rehabilitation Clinic for Children Orthopedic Hospital (Kolkata, Bengal)

My project is really simple. I aim to learn from the children at each of these programs, spending extended time with them, capturing their talents, learning about their lives, and seeing up close how music empowers them. I hope to record elements of Global Lingo 2 during my grant period, and document extensively each music program. I’ll be updating this blog and my Facebook page/Twitter extensively, so you can track my progress. I plan to travel widely through south Asia, implementing new programs in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Daily, I will be practicing tabla and digesting the past 10 years of my own practice of the instrument.

Special Thanks: There are a number of key people that played major roles in making the Fulbright possible for me. I’d like to thank my incredible parents Saroj and Rajen Sukhadia, my supremely supportive partner Neelanjana Banerjee, my beloved tabla Guru Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Rosalie Giffoniello of Empower the Children, and Mark Allen of the Machine Project.

How you can help: While the Fulbright does offer support for living expenses and travel, there are a number of key equipment pieces that I am seeking support for purchasing: updated music recording software for my mac book pro, microphones, HD video cameras, and a digital projector. If you are interested in supporting my journey, please contact me at robin@astralaudio.com.

JUL TIËSTO + SANDISK IN EUROPE – SUMMER 2010

I’m working on a wide range of massive concert productions for Tiësto in Europe throughout the summer of 2010. I am specifically working as a Senior Account Director for Flavor Group, executing a multi faceted music distribution and marketing effort between SanDisk and Tiësto in the following cities:

London – Victoria Park – July 30, 2010
Berlin – DREAM – July 31, 2010
Moscow – Red Square – August 21, 2010
Frankfurt – September 4, 2010
Stockholm – September 17, 2010
London – September 21, 2010
Paris – September 23, 2010
Abu Dhabi – October 2, 2010

Tiësto will be releasing a full album of exclusive tracks on SanDisk’s microSD technology. Also, the first ever user generated music video will be created out of footage captured by concert attendees at each concert. Check out www.wakeupyourphone.com/tiesto for more details. If you are in Europe on these dates, hit me up, I’d love to see you!

CHILDREN’S TABLA WORKSHOP – JUNE 5, 2010 – MARIN

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) in Marin

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) in Marin

Join Robin Sukhadia and Neelanjana Banerjee for a fun oriented informal Tabla music workshop specially designed for young children between the ages of 2 1/2 – 6 years.   Robin will introduce children to traditional north Indian rhythms and the percussive language of Tabla. He will sing along with kids to have them learn the rhythms, followed by a simple Tabla lesson during which each child will be able to play Tablas provided for the workshop participants.   Neelanjana will read a story and the children will bring the story to life and dramatize it by making different sounds on Tablas.  The workshop will end with dancing and singing to Tabla rhythms.

Kids who love to bang would get a real ‘bang’ out of this class, be creative with different sounds, and have a unique musical experience!  No previous experience necessary.  Open to all music loving kids.   At least one parent should attend.

One session, lasting 50 minutes, will be offered.  The cost is $20 per child.

Saturday June 5, 2010 – Saturday

10am – 10:50 am:  2 1/2 – 4 1/2 yrs old children (8 participants max)

Location:

368 Clorinda Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901. Please contact Archie Chattha at archanachattha@gmail.com

or call 415 464-7055 to confirm attendance .  The spaces are filling up quickly!

Purple Moon Dance Project honors DreamSpeakers

Purple Moon Dance Project and Artistic Director Jill Togawa
in association with the National Queer Arts Festival

“In Honor of Our DreamSpeakers”
a celebration honoring the lives and contributions of lesbian and women of color artists whose work has inspired social change, peace and healing in our community. Building upon a tradition begun in 2007, this year we honor 5 artists who do amazing and inspiring work–using the medium of poetry, music, performance art, storytelling, lighting, visual art, spoken word and dance to encompass the essence of what keeps our cultures alive–telling stories we don’t otherwise hear, honoring our ancestors, and supporting our communities

Wednesday, May 26
6:00-8:00p
Performance & Reception

Burial Clay Theater
(African American Art & Culture Complex)
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

$10 Donation at the door
Please be advised that tickets generally sell out quickly. Purchase yours tickets today through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/107589

SLANT FESTIVAL [HOUSTON] BENSHI PERFORMANCE WITH NEELANJANA BANERJEE

Amitabh Bachchan in Houston! Neelanjana and I are performing our Deewar Benshi in Texas. The annual Slant Film Festivalfeatures an eclectic mix of the best short films made by emerging and mid-career Asian American artists. Curated by Melissa Hung, the founding editor of Hyphen Magazine, Slant provides a fresh perspective on the Asian American experience.

Saturday, May 22, 7 pm
Slant 10 Live: The Neo-Benshi Experience


Featuring Neelanjana Banerjee, Robin Sukhadia, and Goh Nakamura
Super Happy Fun Land

3801 Polk Street

Houston TX
$7 Non-Members, Aurora Picture Show

Click here to purchase tickets!

RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES @ THE FILLMORE

I am excited to be joining Rupa & the April Fisheson stage at the FILLMORE this coming Sunday!

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We will be playing some new tunes and old favorites, including some bhangra with dancing by Dholrhythms. We are honored to be joined by Adam Theis on trombone (Jazz Mafia), Vicki Virk on bhangra dance moves (Dholrhythms), Robin Sukhadia on tabla and Ralph Carney on sax.

Please come dance with us! This will be our only SF show until this Fall. We will be touring the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe this Summer. Thank you always for your love and support!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

8:00 – 11:00 pm

Wanderlust at the Fillmore -

1805 Geary Boulevard

San Francisco, CA

PREMASOUL IN SANTA CRUZ & OAKLAND

Influenced by the mysticism of Indian music and the colorful soul of American music, PremaSoul (pronounced prae-ma, from the Sanskrit word for “universal love”), transcends boundaries with an intoxicating blend of rich, modern harmonies and old world rhythms, to create songs of rare beauty.  www.premasoul.com

Sheela Bringi – harp/bansuri
Clinton Patterson – trumpet/piano
Colin Woodford – drumset
Dave Tranchina – bass
Robin Sukhadia – tabla

1) PremaSoul Plays for Haiti @ Kuumbwa Jazz
raising money for Amma’s orphanage in Haiti for children who lost their parents in the earthquake

Saturday, April. 24th, 7:30pm | $20 / $15 students

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz CA US

*advance tix purchase recommended. please visit: www.amma.org/events/special-events.html

2) An acoustic afternoon house concert with PremaSoul at Wisteria Ways.
www.wisteriaways.org

Sunday, April 25th, 3pm
383 61st Street
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 548-0591|  info@wisteriaways.org

Cost: $15-20 sliding scale donation (cash only at the door)

Advance reservations are HIGHLY recommended,
contact info@wisteriaways.org or 510-655-2771.

TABLACENTRIC @ Hammer Museum – Los Angeles – April 2010

TABLACENTRIC @ HAMMER
Machine Residency @ the Hammer Museum | Los Angeles
April 5 – April 18, 2010
Hammer Museum | 10899 Wilshire Blvd | Los Angeles | 310.443.7000

Facebook Event Page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=362641966626&ref=mf

www.machineproject.com/projects/hammer/

Curated by Robin Sukhadia & Jaeger Smith

Original Artwork by Ameet Mehta

A two week tabla interstitial at the epic Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from April 5 -18, 2010. Robin Sukhadia, in partnership with Machine Project, will bring a wide range of tabla workshops, events and Indian classical and non-classical tablacentric voices to the Hammer. Featured artists to include Walter Kitundu, Jaeger Smith, Mandeep Sethi, Sheela Bringi & Clinton Patterson, Debashish Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Christopher Votek, Sheila Govindarajan, TJ Troy and many more.

Open Tabla Workshops for beginners, Film Screenings, & Live Classical and Contemporary Indian Music performances

Monday 4/5: 7pm – Tablacentric Launch Party (At Machine Project) featuring PremaSoul and special guests Mandeep Sethi & Sheila Govindarajan; video clips of tabla masters presented by Jaeger Smith – FREE


Tuesday 4/6: 2 – 5 PM – At Hammer Museum Lobby (Beginning Tabla Workshop 2-3:30pm) plus special guests Randy Gloss @ 2:30pm, Christopher Votek @ 3:30pm (raga and cello demonstration) and Sheila Govindarajan @ 4pm.

Thursday 4/8: 2 – 5 PM – At Hammer Museum Lobby – FREE Museum Admission(Beginning Tabla Workshop 2-3:30pm) plus special guests: Sheela Bringi @ 3:30pm – harmonium and Sanskrit chanting, @ 4pm Suman Laha performing on Veena.


Saturday 4/10: 1 – 4 PM – At Hammer Museum Lobby(Beginning Tabla Workshop 1-2:30pm) with special guest performances 2:30 onwards with Sheela Bringi, Clinton Patterson, and Debashish Chaudhuri with Mike Robbins; (Tabla Workshop 3-4pm)


Monday 4/12: 7:30 PM – LA Indivisible Poetry Anthology Reading (at Machine Project) – FREE – featuring Tablapusher + Kitundu


Thursday 4/15: 5 – 9 PM – Tablapusher + Kitundu @ Hammer Museum – FREE Museum Admission(Beginning Tabla Workshop 5-6:30pm)


Saturday 4/17: 4 – 7 PM – Tablapusher + Kitundu @ Hammer Museum with special guest Neelanjana Banerjee (Beginning Tabla Workshop 4-5:30pm)

Sunday 4/18: 4 – 7 PM – Tablacentric Closing Party – (at Machine Project) – FREE – featuring S A D U B A S, TJ Troy (Tabla Solo), Mike Robbins (Harmonium), Mandeep Sethi (MC) and Kirtan led by Sheela Bringi (bansuri) and featuring Jon Armstrong (bass), Colin Woodford (percussion), and Chris Payne (hand drums).

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T A B L A C E N T R I C is based on the even more epic Machine Project Tablacentric residency of 2008.

BOLLYWOOD BENSHI: L@TE AT PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE – BERKELEY, CA

This is all about word of mouth. Words delivered with vocal abandon, echoing through the galleries as they skitter off fragile images in flight; delivered live and full-bodied by artists, poets, and mediamakers who have an allegiance to cinema, but enjoy the skirmish between the anxious utterance and the fleeting image. Los Angeles–based media artist Jordan Biren brings us All That Passes Before You, Already in Ruin, a spectral film that suggests “the illusory promise of narrative” but finds it manifest not in his projected ghostly landscapes but in his recitation of “bodily words.” Local curator and artist Konrad Steiner has repurposed the Japanese tradition of benshi performance—oral narration for silent cinema—as “a cabaret of poetry, satire, and homage.” Poets and other provocateurs render mute sequences from extant cinema while firing a fusillade of verbal mash-ups and hacked critiques. For this performance, Steiner has enlisted Jaime Cortez, Jennifer Nellis, Erika Staiti, Anuj Vaidya, and the tag team of Robin Sukhadia and Neelanjana Banerjee.

Preceded at 6 p.m. by one of our favorite KALX DJs spinning in the lobby, where wine and beer are available for purchase.

Friday, Mar 26 7:30p to 9:00p

at Berkeley Art Museum: BAM Galleries, Berkeley, CA

Los Angeles–based media artist Jordan Biren brings us the film, “All That Passes Before You, Already in Ruin.” Local curator and artist Konrad Steiner has repurposed the Japanese tradition of benshi performance—oral narration for silent cinema, enlisting the help of Jaime Cortez, Jennifer Nellis, Erika Staiti, Anuj Vaidya, and the tag team of Robin Rajen Sukhadia and Neelanjana Banerjee. read more

Price: $5 General; Free for BAM/PFA members and UCB students, faculty, and staff

CHILDREN’S TABLA WORKSHOP – APRIL 24, 2010 – PENINSULA

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) on Peninsula

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) on Peninsula

Join Robin Sukhadia and Neelanjana Banerjee for another fun oriented informal Tabla music workshop specially designed for young children between the ages of 2 1/2 – 6 years.   Robin will introduce children to traditional Indian rhythms and the percussive language of Tabla and sing along with kids to have them learn the rhythms, followed by a simple Tabla lesson during which each child will be able to play Tablas provided for the workshop participants.   Neelanjana will read a story and the children will bring the story to life and dramatize it by making different sounds on Tablas.  The workshop will end with dancing to Tabla rhythms.   Props such as scarves may be used to add in the fun!

Kids who love to bang would get a real ‘bang’ out of this class, be creative with different sounds, and have a unique musical experience!  No previous experience necessary.  Open to all music loving kids.   At least one parent should attend.

Two sessions, each lasting 50 minutes, will be offered.  The cost is $20 per child.

Saturday April 24, 2010 – Saturday

10am – 10:45am:  2 1/2 – 4 1/2 yrs old children (8 participants max)

11am – 11:45am: 4 1/2 – 6 yrs old children (8 participants max)

Location: Burlingame (close to Burlingame Ave, Cal train station, and Highway 101), CA

If you’re interested, please email Rachna at arachna@pacbell.net.  The spaces are filling up quickly.

CHILDREN’S TABLA WORKSHOP – MARCH 21 – EAST BAY

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) in the East Bay

Kids Music Class with Tabla (Indian Drums) in the East Bay

Join Robin Sukhadia for another fun oriented informal Tabla music workshop specially designed for young children between the ages of 2 1/2 – 4 years.   Robin will introduce children to traditional Indian rhythms and the percussive language of Tabla and sing along with kids to have them learn the rhythms, followed by a simple Tabla lesson during which each child will be able to play Tablas provided for the workshop participants. A story will be read to the children while they bring the story to life and dramatize it by making different sounds on Tablas.  The workshop will end with dancing to Tabla rhythms.   Props such as scarves may be used to add in the fun!

Kids who love to bang would get a real ‘bang’ out of this class, be creative with different sounds, and have a unique musical experience!  No previous experience necessary.  Open to all music loving kids.   At least one parent should attend.

The cost is $20 per child.

March 21, 2010 – Sunday

11am – 11:50am:  2 1/2 – 4 1/2 yrs old children (8 participants max)

Location: Berkeley Hills

If you’re interested, please email Sandeep at sandeep@monsoonco.com.  The spaces are filling up quickly.

TABLA TRIO @ ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC

Jason Parmar, David Yovino and I are deep in the midst of developing a tabla duet in Jhaptaal, the meditative cycle of 10 beats. We are presenting peskhar, kaida, kaida rela, gats, tuchras and chakradhar all in one of my favorite cycles of time. Don’t miss this year’s performance at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA.

March 20, 2010 – 7pm $15

Ali Akbar College of Music Winter Concert Series

www.aacm.org |  215 West End Avenue, San Rafael CA

Special Tabla Trio performance featuring Jason Parmar, David Yovino and Tablapusher. Performance followed by sitar concert by Arjun Verma with Nilan Chaudhuri on tabla and sarode concert by Mallar Bhattacharya with Nilan Chaudhuri on tabla.