BOLLYWOOD MARATHON AT MACHINE PROJECT & ECHO PARK FILM COLLECTIVE – AUGUST 13, 2016

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Bollywood Marathon at Machine Project and Echo Park Film Center

Saturday August 13, 2016
1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
12pm – 12am  |  $10

Saris. Disco. Dancing. Amitabh Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai. Get ready for the epic Bollywood Marathon at Machine Project and Echo Park Film Center!  Over the course of 12 hours, we’ll be transporting you to the streets of Mumbai, the fields of Switzerland, and the Mughal courts of emperor Akbar. Bollywood fanatic Robin Sukhadia curates three of Bollywood’s greatest films, with a sprinkling of live music, literary interpretations, lectures, and samosas in between. Expect special guests. Drop in for a minute, stay a while, or the entire day!
$10 admission.Here’s the lineup, don’t miss it:Machine Project:
12PM - Welcome to Bollywood
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM - Lecture on The Mughals and Bollywood
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM - Lecture on AR Rahman and Amitabh Bachchan
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Literary Interpretations of Bollywood - Six writers riff on the highs and lows of Bollywood film.
Featuring: Neelanjana Banerjee, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Saurabh Kikani, Kenji Liu, Nihar Patel, and Minal Hajratwala.
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Bollywood Remixed by SADUBAS and special musical guests Mandeep Sethi and Azeem Khan
Echo Park Film Lab Bollywood Film Screenings:
12:30PM – 4PM Jodhaa Akbar (2008) – Subtitled
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM - Silsila (1981) – Subtitled
7:45 PM – 11 PM - Qurbani (1980)
11PM – Guwahati presented by Echo Park Film Collective

Kalakari Collective will be selling one of kind Bollywood art and clothing all day!

The Bollywood Bites food truck will be parked outside from Noon to 3:30pm!

Robin is a Bollywood scholar and a disciple of tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. In 2011, he completed a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship in India, where he developed 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of South Asia. More at www.tablapusher.com.

FAMILY DANCE JAM – AUGUST 27 WITH SADUBAS

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tongva Park, Santa Monica
Sessions one: 10:00 a.m.
Session two: 11:00 a.m. 

The “Family Dance Jam” comes to Tongva Park, in Santa Monica.  Featuring two 45 minutes sets, the “Family Dance Jam” is an inter-generational movement workshop designed for people of all ages, incorporating both open play and directed experience, ensuring that each participant and family gets their own unique dance party.  Sadubas, a DJ duo featuring Ameet Mehta and Robin Sukhadia, that combines recorded with live drums, will provide the soundtrack, and the “Family Dance Jam” team of dancers will be there to help create an environment of fun and creativity.  This is an event that is guaranteed to provide a good time for all family members.

Free

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RE:DREAM AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – APRIL 19, 2016

PBS SoCal invites you to explore the changing American dream at Re: Dream Party, a room-to-room evening of performance, music and conversation inspired by the concept of the American Dream in motion. Performances include:

Selected scenes from Shelter, a new theatrical production presented by the CalArts Center for New Performance and Duende CalArts
Performances by South Asian writers and musicians examining their connection to the American Dream, curated by Tabla Artist Robin Sukhadia. Writers Neelanjana Banerjee, Tanzila Ahmed and SETI X present original work scored live by Sadubas (featuring Robin Sukhadia, Ameet Mehta and Azeem Khan).

This event is in support of Re: Dream, a new short-form webseries investigating how Americans define success in the 21st century. The project explores the stories of 40 Americans—from LA to Kansas City—to build a conversation around identity, access, opportunity, and what it means to pursue a modern “American dream.”

This event is free and open to the public.  Pie and coffee will be served.

Register today here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pbs-socal-re-dream-party-tickets-22131676440

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RAIN RAGAS – JULY 31, 2016

In North India, music ushers in the rainy season. Join the New Weather Station for a concert that features traditional rainmaking music followed by a talk with LA-based musicians Robin Sukhadia (tabla) and Rajib Karmakar (sitar), presented in collaboration with CURRENT artist Chris Kallmyer. Starting at 5:00 p.m., enjoy sun tea from Solarc Brewing and a weekly publication by LA-based artist Gray Wielebinski.

WHEN
Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

WHERE
Norman O Houston Park – 4918 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008

FREE!

RSVP here: http://www.currentla.org/rain-ragas/

RAIN RAGAS – JULY 31, 2016

In North India, music ushers in the rainy season. Join the New Weather Station for a concert that features traditional rainmaking music followed by a talk with LA-based musicians Robin Sukhadia (tabla) and Rajib Karmakar (sitar), presented in collaboration with CURRENT artist Chris Kallmyer. Starting at 5:00 p.m., enjoy sun tea from Solarc Brewing and a weekly publication by LA-based artist Gray Wielebinski.

WHEN
Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

WHERE
Norman O Houston Park – 4918 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008

FREE!

RSVP here: http://www.currentla.org/rain-ragas/

Theater of Sound Concert Series at Craft & Folk Art Museum – July 14, 2016

Celebrate summer at CAFAM with this special event where L.A. musicians and DJs fill the museum’s galleries with an experimental mix of music and sound. Enjoy beer and tacos in the courtyard, too!

Happy hour begins 6:00pm
Live music and DJs 6:30 – 9:00pm
$7 general admission | All ages welcome
Food for purchase by Comida Leyva

Featuring:
El-Haru Kuroi
Glenn Red (La Junta / Afro Funké)
Gingee (Magic Garage)
Robin Sukhadia + Aalok Mehta

EL-HARU KUROI
El-Haru Kuroi is an unrelenting trio whose music can be described as East Los Angeles Nueva Tropicalia. Combining their East L.A. punk and jazz roots with Brazilian bossa nova and Tropicalia, Mexican boleros, and Afro-diasporic rhythms, singer-guitarist Eddika Organista alternates melodically between Portuguese, Spanish, and English lyrics beside upright bassist Michael Anthony Ibarra and Grammy-nominated percussionist Dominique Rodriguez.

“Combining the snarling urgency of post-punk with the sensuality of bossa-nova, they’ve come upon something very different and exciting to listen to.” — Mario Cotto (KCRW)

https://soundcloud.com/el-haru-kuroi

GLENN RED
With the honest music of passionate artists as a common thread, Glenn Red’s DJ sets weave fluidly through time and across genres, connecting the traditional sounds of Africa and the Americas with their modern expressions around the globe. Find funk, soul, hip-hop and reggae in an embrace with Afrobeat, cumbia, samba, and rumba rhythms on a Glenn Red dancefloor. He has been a resident at Afro Funké, Eclectica, and most recently with La Junta Soundsystem.

https://glennred.com/

GINGEE
Gingee is a DJ, producer, and vocalist from Los Angeles. DJing and producing since 2003, she is known for her unique take on electronic music, which blends elements of global bass, world music, and hip hop. Her work is a reflection of the sounds and cultures she has been exposed to growing up in Los Angeles as well as the musical world of her ancestors and beyond. From the percussive rhythms of instruments such as the Filipino Kulintang, kettle drum, and cowbells, to synths, turntables and rapping, she seeks to speak the language of music and poetry and use it to communicate a message of empowerment and celebration.

https://soundcloud.com/gingee

AALOK MEHTA + ROBIN SUKHADIA
Aalok Mehta is a Los Angeles and NY-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter, and sitar player. He combines his exploration and performance of Indian classical music on sitar with his eclectic experiences in various western traditions to create works of music that cover many genres. Starting on harmonium at the age of seven, Aalok later learned keyboards, guitar, sitar (under the guidance of the esteemed Pt. Nayan Ghosh), and voice.
www.aalokmehtamusic.com

A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia has been studying tabla (classical north Indian drums) under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at CalArts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for the past twelve years. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education for underserved communities in India.
www.tablapusher.com

BOLLYWOOD AND HOLLYWOOD: A PERFORMANCE/LECTURE AT UNION STATION 3/12/16

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Bollywood and Hollywood:
The Long History Between Los Angeles and Mumbai
by Robin Sukhadia, MFA

March 5, 2016
1-3pm
Union Station $35 General / $20 Students
Tickets available at http://www.artadventures.la/

Bollywood actors and actresses are taking on more high profile roles in Hollywood films. Hollywood is securing financing from Bollywood business titans. Bollywood composers are being sought out to score Hollywood films and TV projects. Hollywood is producing original content for the south Asian market. These trends seem to affirm that Hollywood is finally collaborating with Bollywood, and creating mainstream opportunities for Mumbai based artists and film studios.

The truth: While many high profile Hollywood + Bollywood projects are indeed on the rise, the interchange of filmmaking ideas, technology, and creativity between Los Angeles and Mumbai has been happening for over a century.

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Tabla artist Robin Sukhadia examines the long history of filmmaking and idea exchange between Los Angeles and Mumbai in this presentation. Special emphasis will be placed on the influences of western music on Bollywood film music. He will be joined by his father and singer Rajen Sukhadia and electronic group SADUBAS who will present a series of musical interludes throughout the lecture. The lecture will feature 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!

Robin Sukhadia is a Bollywood scholar and a disciple of tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. in 2011, he completed a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship in India, where he developed 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of south Asia. He has lectured and developed innovative music education programs centered on classical Indian music and south Asian culture at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University, The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, The Hammer Museum, The GRAMMY Museum, and at Carnegie Hall. Robin currently serves as Director of Development and Communications for artworxLA, a 23 year old arts and music education non profit serving at risk high school youth across Los Angeles County. Robin holds an MFA in Indian Classical Music from the California Institute of the Arts. More at www.tablapusher.com.
Special guest performances by Rajen Sukhadia and Ameet Mehta of SADUBAS.

FAMILY DANCE JAM AT THE AUTRY / GRIFFITH PARK – JANUARY 18, 2016

Join Family Dance Jam on January 18, 2016 for a different kind of hoedown! As DJ Tablapusher spins global grooves, a team of dancers lead lively dance games for families to explore, invent and dance together. Be a train, form a bridge, and line up for a modern twist on the Virginia Reel. Fun for families with children ages 2–8.

More info:

www.familydancejam.com

FDJ is included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members.
Adults: $10
Students (with current ID) and Seniors (60+): $6
Children (3–12): $4
Children under 3: Free