Bollywood and Hollywood: A performance/lecture at Union Station 3/12/16

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


March 5, 2016
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.



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:


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



Bollywood and the Mughals: Mughal-e-Azam and Jodhaa Akbar @ LACMA October 5, 2015

LACMA’s South Asian Department and the South Asian Council are pleased to present a multi-media lecture focused on the portrayal of Mughal culture in the Bollywood epic films Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). Lecturer, performer and Fulbright scholar Robin Sukhadia will present clips from both films to contextualize Mughal history, aesthetics, and their importance to India’s post-colonial narrative. Special emphasis will be placed on each film’s music composers, Naushad and A. R. Rahman. The 45 minute lecture will be followed by a special live musical performance by SADUBAS (with Clinton Patterson) inspired by the music of both films. The evening’s free and kid friendly. Dancing encouraged!


Monday  October 5, 2015  7PM   FREE!

LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Bing Auditorium

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


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. He is a Bollywood fanatic. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.



Bollywood Marathon at Machine Project – September 26, 2015


Bollywood Marathon at Machine Project

Saturday September 26, 2015
1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
12pm – 12am  |  FREE!
Saris. Disco. Dancing. Amitabh Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai. Get ready for the epic Bollywood Marathon at Machine Project’s secret underground Mystery Theater!  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!


Here’s the lineup, don’t miss it:


12 PM - Welcome to Bollywood!
12:30 PM – 4 PM - Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Lecture on AR Rahman and Amitabh Bachchan
4:45 PM - 7:00 PM - Silsila (1981)
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM - Literary Interpretations of Bollywood (curated by Neelanjana Banerjee)
 7:45 PM - 9 PM - Qurbani (1980) Part I
10 PM - 12 PM
Qurbani (1980) Part II


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.

Remembering Jusdeep: 2nd Annual Puzzl3Peace Photo + Art Exhibit

I’m honored to be contributing photography to the 2nd Annual Puzzl3Peace Photo + Art Exhibit
PUZZL3PEACE is the alias of Los Angeles born artist and visionary leader Jusdeep Singh Sethi. Jusdeep was an avid believer in all things analog, utilizing his 35mm film photography as a primary medium of expression and connection with nature and his ever-changing social and spiritual environment.

On August 15, 2015 the Los Angeles & Global community will celebrate the life and artistic work of this young man during the 2ndt Annual Puzzl3Peace Photo and Art Exhibition. The exhibit will feature never before seen photos by Puzzl3Peace, as well as spaces created to express and share Jusdeep’s natural sense of healing and effortless vibration of love energy.


35mm Film Photography by Puzzl3Peace
Mural Installations
Artwork from “Jusdeep’s Village” [Friends + Community around Jusdeep]

Live Performances by:

Hugh Augustine
Tutu Sweeney & The Brothers Band
Te’Amir & SETI X
Ras Ceylon
Alia Sharrief
Raginder Violinder Momi
DJ Doc Bladez
DJ Ethos
& Special Guests!

Live ScreenPrinting ! Bring a T Shirt You want to get printed on!

August 15, 2015 – September 2, 2015

William Grant Still ArtsCenter
2520 West View St.
Los Angel3s, CA 90016

Music + Food + All Ages + Free


This exhibit marks 2 years/cypher.rotation.around.the.sun. since the transition of our young warrior. Jusdeep enshrined a piece of himself with all those he had the chance to share space with. When we collectively align together, we begin to fit together a larger puzzle. A puzzle that will bring us all Peace.