MUSIC & EMPIRE: LECTURE ON NOVEMBER 17 IN NORTH CAROLINA

Music & Empire:

The Mughals, Lucknow and Tabla

presentation by Robin Sukhadia
Sunday November 17, 2013  -  11AM  |  $15
3410 Nottaway Drive, Jamestown NC 27282
Join Fulbright Scholar Robin Sukhadia for an interactive presentation of the history of north India’s extraordinary percussion instrument, tabla. Robin will trace the rise of the language and performance of tabla in parallel to Mughal history and the city of Lucknow, considered the Paris of India in the 1800s. Robin will recite and perform classical compositions on tabla, taught to him by Lucknow tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
About Robin Sukhadia
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia has been studying tabla under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for the past eleven years. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India. His research in India was focused on bolstering 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of south Asia. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.
Photo by Odell Hussey

Subcontinental Scare: Tales of Terror at Machine Project | Saturday Midnite October 27

In Robin Sukhadia‘s SubCONTinENTal ScaRE – South Asian Tales of Terror, SADUBAS (tablapusher and Ameet Mehta) and Azeem Khan provide a live musical score for an evening of terrifying tales from the South Asian subcontinent. The show features readings by Neelanjana Banerjee, Nasia Asam, and Tazzy Star.

Cast includes : Robin Sukhadia (tabla and electronic music), Azeem Khan (keyboards), Ameet Mehta (electronic music), Neelanjana Banerjee (reading), Nasia Asam (reading), Tazzy Star (reading), Sarwang Parikh (reading), Rachana Sukhadia (performer).

Tanzila Ahmed is a blogger. A desi. An activist. An academic. A former punker. She is maneuvering her way between the chaos of life to make a difference in the world.

Naazneen is a totally radical Muslim Gujarati. She is an inspired writer, educator and social justice organizer. Naaz infuses Spirit into all her creative acts AS liberation for a collective transformation.

Sarwang Parikh is a Bombay-born Bay Area transplant to LA. He hustles healing as a psychotherapist, yogi and wellness advocate. He is psyched to use the arts to process and experiment with body-mind-soul.

Nasia Anam is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at UCLA, writing a dissertation on immigrant literature in France and the U.K. She grew up near Chicago and is Bengali no matter how you slice it.

Neelanjana Banerjee is currently based in Los Angeles, where she is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press, an assistant editor with the Los Angeles Review of Books, and teaches writing to young people and adults through artworxLA and Writing Workshops Los Angeles.

MUSIC by SADUBAS: Robin Sukhadia (aka Tablapusher) is a Machine Project fanatic, Fulbright Scholar and a tabla disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He was our first Artist in Residence. Ameet Mehta is an Los Angeles based multimedia developer, illustrator, DJ, and disco dancer.

Azeem Khan, aka whalesound, just dropped an amazing ethereal post-punk album called Intimate Sea. The album is laced with cute lullabies, wistfulness and longing.

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KPFK RADIO LOS ANGELES (90.7 FM) – SWANA REGIONAL RADIO WITH SEJAL PATEL

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KPFK Radio’s Sejal Patel interviewed me for SWANA Regional Radio, take a listen! I shared how tabla, its language, grammar and phrasing power Hindustani classical music. Specifically, we look at Abida Parveen and Maestro Ali Akbar Khan‘s recordings from the lens of tabla. The set closes out with a look at the cycle of Rupak, 7 beats, as featured on the PremaSoul track of the same name (featuring Sheela Bringi on Harp and Clinton Patterson on Rhodes Piano). Enjoy!

 

https://soundcloud.com/tablapusher/tablapusher-on-kpfk-radio-los

BAY AREA SUMMER OF SOLIDARITY

I’ll be co-leading a workshop on Music & Activism alongside hip hop activist Chee Malabar at the 3rd annual Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) taking place July 25-29, 2013 in Berkeley, California. Desi youth from across California converge at a 5-day residential summer camp in Berkeley to learn about progressive social justice issues affecting South Asians, art, history, and leadership skills. BASS alumni often call the program “inspiring” and “life-changing.” 

BASS is open to youth 15 to 21 years of age and of South Asian heritage. The summer camp will include workshops, panels, a field trip, and lots of opportunities for arts and activism. BASS is an environment where Desi youth can feel safe, supported, and inspired. The program is run by a diverse group of volunteers of South Asian descent working to increase civic engagement and social justice education for South Asian youth.

BOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST FILMS AND VOICES PRESENTED BY RAJEN AND ROBIN SUKHADIA

On Friday August 23, 2013, Machine Project presents the voices and films of Bollywood’s Golden Era. Film Music videos featuring Kishore, RD Burman, Rafi, Mukesh and more will be projected on the big screen, and then supplemented with live song performances, analysis, and historical/political insight by Rajen Sukhadia and Robin Sukhadia. All the mega stars will be given due attention. We promise gregarious song and dance, whimsical musical arrangements, gaudy colors, and extremely melodramatic love scenes…all of this, of course, without any kissing on screen. Bring the kids!

Friday – August 23, 2013

Machine Project|  8pm – 10pm

1200 D North Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 213-483-8761

Rajen Sukhadia has been studying classical North Indian music since the age of 11 starting with his first Guru, Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala.  For the past 10 years, he has been focusing his study with Srimati Kumudani Rathore in Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently studying tabla accompaniment with Sri Gaurang Doshi in Winston Salem, NC. Rjen is a devoted music teacher himself, and currently teaches vocal and tabla accompaniment in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem area through the Sangeet Anand Musical Arts School. His classical training informs his deep love of Bollywood film music.

Robin Sukhadia is a Machine Project fanatic. He was our Artist in Residence in 2008, giving birth to the legendary Tablacentric workshops that went on to be featured at the Hammer Museum and at LACMA. He earned an MFA in World Music/Tabla from CalArts in 2007, and recently returned from a Fulbright assignment in India. He is a tabla disciple of Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com

INDIAN CLASSICAL TABLA AND VOCAL (RAGA & TALA) WORKSHOP AT MACHINE PROJECT – AUGUST 24, 2013

Indian Classical Tabla and Vocal workshop for beginning/intermediate students

Saturday Aug 24th, 2013 | 2PM – 5PM

Machine Project

1200 D North Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 213-483-8761

Robin Sukhadia, long time Machine Project fanatic, and his father Rajen Sukhadia will lead an in-depth 3 hour workshop focused on Raga and Tala (Melody and Rhythm) of north Indian classical music. Through hands on recitation and playing of tabla bols (language), students will learn about the structure of the drum, basic compositions, and posture. Singing exercises will expose students to the basics of the Sargam (melodic scale) and how to adapt scales in basic ragas. Multimedia and listening exercises will give students a deeper understanding of the context and history of north Indian classical music and its global impact. Tabla pairs will be available in the gallery for participants to use. All ages welcome!

Robin Sukhadia is a Machine Project fanatic. He was our Artist in Residence in 2008, giving birth to the legendary Tablacentric workshops that went on to be featured at the Hammer Museum and at LACMA. He earned an MFA in World Music/Tabla from CalArts in 2007, and recently returned from a Fulbright assignment in India. He is a tabla disciple of Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com

Rajen Sukhadia has been studying classical North Indian music since the age of 11 starting with his first Guru, Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala.  For the past 10 years, he has been focusing his study with Srimati Kumudani Rathore in Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently studying tabla accompaniment with Sri Gaurang Doshi in Winston Salem, NC. Rajen is a devoted music teacher himself, and currently teaches vocal and tabla accompaniment in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem area through the Sangeet Anand Musical Arts School. His classical training informs his deep love of Bollywood film music.

BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTIST RESIDENCY – AUGUST 2013

I am thrilled to have been awarded an Artist Residency at the Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York for Summer 2013! Ill be there from July 27 thru August 12 2013, focused on arranging and writing new music featuring tabla and recordings captured on my trips to India over the past few years.

The Blue Mountain Center is a working community of writers, artists, activists and musicians in the heart of Adirondacks, the largest state park in the continental US. As a part of our cultural commons, the Center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life.

Established creative and non-fiction writers, and artists not requiring exceptional facilities, are eligible applicants for our Traditional Residency Program. Residents are chosen by an Admissions Committee of accomplished authors and artists. The committee is particularly interested in fine work which evinces social and ecological concern and is aimed at a general audience.

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AMITABH BACHCHAN, BOLLYWOOD & SHOLAY: THE RISE OF INDIAN CINEMA | MAY 24, 2013 | EAGLE ROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood & Sholay:
The Rise of Indian Cinema
with Robin Sukhadia
May 23, 2013 | 8:30pm
Featuring Music by SADUBAS

Join CFAER for an examination of the music and impact of Sholay, considered by many as one of the most revolutionary films in Bollywood History. The film launched the career of Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan as well as the film’s visionary composer, RD Burman. Presented by Robin Sukhadia, the lecture will present clips the film with a special emphasis on the music of RD Burman, who integrated western musical influences with classical Indian sounds to create the atmosphere for this “Curry Western” film. “Kitne Aadmee The!”

The lecture will be followed by a Bollywood centered electronic/abla set by SADUBAS: The Sadhus of Bass.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO | APRIL 6, 2013 | WITH GAURANG DOSHI & RAJEN SUKHADIA

I’ll be accompanying Shri Gaurang Doshi, a disciple of Pandit Laxmikant Doshi, who was a student of Pandit Damodarlal Kabra of Jodhpur of the Maihar Gharana, on April 6, 2013 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I’m honored to be sharing the stage with my father, Rajen Sukhadia.

 

Full details for the concert are available here: http://www.sarodsitar.com/Pages/Spring_2013_UNCG.aspx

SADUBAS @ LAMENT IN THE NIGHT BOOK LAUNCH – LITTLE TOKYO, LOS ANGELES

Lament in the Night Book Launch by Kaya Press @ the Far Bar
Saturday, February 23 | 3:00 – 5:00pm

347 1st Street
Los Angeles 90012
FREE

Take a journey into the hidden history of 1920s Little Tokyo, with this day of celebrating the Kaya Press release of LAMENT IN THE NIGHT, originally written in 1925 by writer Shōson Nagahara and translated into English for the first time by Andrew Leong.

Actors Tamlyn Tomita and Gedde Watanabe will read excerpts from the book, followed by a discussion and Q&A with LA Times Book Critic David Ulin and translator Andrew Leong.

ADMISSION FOR THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Reception with FREE FOOD and music by THE SADHUS OF BASS (http://www.astralaudio.com/sadubas/) to follow immediately around the corner at FAR BAR (347 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012): 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is co-hosted by KAYA PRESS (www.kaya.com), the HUNTINGTON-USC INSTITUTE ON CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST (http://dornsife.usc.edu/icw), and the USC MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAM (http://dornsife.usc.edu/mpw).

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 2012

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND is a traveling art/multimedia exhibit focused on visually, musically, and aesthetically transposing the culture of India through the intersections of hip- hop culture. WTYM is curated by visual artist Nisha K. Sembi and performing artist Mandeep Sethi. I was thrilled to be involved with the Oakland production of WYTM in October 2012.

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND presents a combination of visual and audio pieces and installations guiding the viewer through different elements of hip-hop culture that are reshaping and revolutionizing Indian culture and daily life. This guide includes content such as digital artwork, photography, a graffiti wall, wheat paste and collage work, lettering installations, projections of 2012 video footage of hip-hop and street life in India.

The opening and closing night exhibits featured art by Nisha K. Sembi, mural installations by Hero and Lady Karma, photographs by Seti X and live performances by Mandeep Sethi, Hoodini & Baagi, DJ Smokestack, DJ Rav-E, Ishmeet Narula, Ajit Singh and DJ Mighty Zulu Delrokz.

For more information on WTYM, please visit:

GROUP TABLA CLASSES IN SILVERLAKE, LOS ANGELES | JANUARY 23RD – FEBRUARY 20TH, 2013

Group Tabla Classes in Silverlake (Los Angeles) – Beginners / Intermediate
5 week Session begins on Wednesday January 23, 2013|  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Beginners: 6:30pm Wednesdays
January 23rd – February 20th

Intermediate: 7:30pm Wednesdays
January 23rd – February 20th

$25 per lesson or $110 for all 5 weeks. Please email robin@tablapusher.com to reserve a spot.

Come explore culture, sound design, creativity and rhythm through the language and notes of tabla, the traditional drums of north India. Robin Sukhadia, disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, leads focused classes on learning and applying the rhythmic language behind tabla. A limited number of drums are available for use during class. Learn correct posture, finger positioning, recitation, tala (cycles of times), and composition (kaidas, tuchras, mukras, thekas, tee hai, and more). Students of all levels encouraged to participate, especially complete beginners.

Classes are offered every Wednesday evening between 6:30 – 8:30 PM beginning January 23, 2013 in 1 hour segments according to skill level. $25 (Sliding Scale) per 1 hour lesson. Classes will be offered in 5 week sessions (Students can pay per class or a special $110 total fee for all 5 classes).

Please RSVP via email to robin@tablapusher.com Robin to reserve a spot.

PAKISTAN: ART OF MUSIC AT LEVANTINE CULTURAL CENTER | FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Tablapusher performs at Pakistan: Art of Music |  February 22, 2013| 7:30pm – 11pm

Levantine Cultural Center & Inside/Outside Gallery
5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA90035-2657
http://www.levantinecenter.org/

The Levantine Cultural Center (www.levantinecenter.org)  and Mad Guru (www.madguru.com) present a gallery show of paintings by Adnan Hussain, inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, featuring watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art, live performances, screenings and connect to cultures across language and borders through the beauty of music.

Live Musical Performance by Tablapusher http://www.tablapusher.com/

Musical Performance Screening of the Girnari Jogi Group

Film Screening of animated short film ‘Gul’ by Adnan Hussain.

The Levantine Cultural Center’s Inside/Outside Gallery presents an exhibit of paintings by Adnan Hussain, inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, featuring watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art, live performances, screenings and connect to cultures across language and borders through the beauty of music.

Paintings will also be available for viewing during the Levantine Cultural Center’s regular business hours for the duration of the show.

Adnan Hussain www.madguru.com
Adnan was raised in both the U.S. and Pakistan on a childhood of writing stories. Besides visual effects and animation on feature films for the likes of Disney and Sony, he works under his company Mad Guru, to create animated films and projects designed to provoke thought and bring diverse people together.

Jorge ‘Tyme’ Martinez www.facebook.com/tymer75
Jorge grew up in Lincoln Heights creating graffiti art. Inspired by music, he uses his intricate design style to express the music in his soul through ink, paint and cut paper.

Girnari Jogi Group www.madguru.com
The Girnari Jogi Group is a group of 7th and 8th generation musicians based out of Sindh, Pakistan. Jogis are traditionally snake charmers who use the enchanting sounds of the murli to entrance snakes, humans and jinns.

Don’t miss the show’s other events:

Feb 2, 2013 7:30pm-11pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/396211653793633/
Featuring Kyrgyzstan and Uyghurs of China
Musical Performance by Sadubas

Feb 8, 2013 7:30pm-11pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/111646752342779/
Featuring Uzbekistan and Mongolia
Musical Performance by Elephants with Guns