Festival of Tabla 2019 - August 4, 2019

The Festival of Tabla is today the largest gathering of Indian classical musicians on the west coast and is rapidly becoming a globally recognized landmark for percussive arts as well as all the classical traditions of India.  The Festival focus is to give new generations a chance to present authentic tabla solos as well as solos in instrumental, vocal and dance in front of larger receptive audiences and be able to perform on the same stage as the maestros.  The two day festival is filled with exceptional artists from around the world and the U.S.  Come and experience this unique festival and learn about Indian classical music & culture.  The Ravi & Shashi Bellare Arts foundation is at the forefront of preserving this great heritage and presenting it to audiences in California.


Sanatan Dharma Cultural Center

15311 Pioneer Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650


Saturday August 3

10AM - 10PM

Sunday August 4

10AM - 10PM

*Registration / Ticketing opens at 10am both days and actual performances will start at 11am


Ensemble by Chris Kallmyer at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Ensemble is the title of a new multimedia installation by Los Angeles-based sound and performance artist, Chris Kallmyer. The exhibition centers around a sculptural instrument created specifically for the exhibition comprised of raw timber and handmade bells that functions as a communal bell-ringing instrument, or carillon. The instrument, activated by a group of individuals, employs a method of making music by non-musicians that blends collective listening with lively communal rituals and meditation practice. Presented in SBMA’s Preston Morton Gallery and including a selection of musical scores developed by the artist, related drawings, and a video projection documenting the inaugural staging of the instrument, Ensemble serves as an oasis for contemplation and exploration.  Accompanied by a series of sound and meditation workshops, the exhibition functions as a production and rehearsal space—part laboratory and part sanctuary—made active by various participants throughout the exhibition’s duration. The exhibition serves as an active studio for Kallmyer to further explore the post-Fluxus poetics of everyday objects, what happens when audience-turns-performer, and what we collectively seek from the experience of listening.

Created for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

May 19 – Sept 15, 2019

LA Master Chorale at Disney Concert Hall

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I performed with the LA Master Chorale and sitarist Rajib Karmakar on Sunday, November 18 at 7pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.




We performed as part of the oratorio This Love Between Us composed by Reena Esmail (she works with Street Symphony and Urban Voice Project). It is a 40-minute long work about unity, kindness, and being good to one another. The piece is in eight languages, and sets the canonical texts of seven major religious traditions in India. It is scored for sitar, tabla, choir and orchestra. The other piece on the program is the Bach Magnificat. More about the piece: http://www.reenaesmail.com/this-love-between-us-prayers-for-unity/



Robin Sukhadia, Saili Oak, and Rajib Karmakar with the LA Master Chorale

Robin Sukhadia, Saili Oak, and Rajib Karmakar with the LA Master Chorale

Performance at Shangri La - Hawaii

It was an honor and privilege to be invited to perform alongside my partner Neelanjana Banerjee at the magical Doris Duke estate, Shangri La, now known as the Foundation for Islamic Art in August 2018. We shared our art, in musical and literary forms, over a 50 minute span of time in the Mughal Suite of the estate. Thank you Konrad Ng and Asad Jafri for inviting us, and we hope to return soon!

View the complete performance on Facebook here:




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It's Lit Podcast with Anjoli Roy

My partner Neelanjana Banerjee and I were featured on Anjoli Roy's literary radio show hosted by the University of Hawaii at Honolulu in August 2018. Both of us shared our writings, and the influence of music on our art and aesthetics. 

Listen to the podcast here! 


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UCLA Arts & Healing - Conference on Creativity and the Arts and Healing - April 28, 2018


Join us Saturday, April 28th, for a one-of-a-kind celebratory experience as part of our extraordinary second annual Conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing

Immerse yourself in an embodied experience of rhythms from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, featuring an amazing lineup of drumming professionals. Each expert will offer a brief solo performance with insights into its cultural significance, followed by an opportunity for us to drum and/or dance along with these soul-stirring, riveting, and captivating rhythms.

Building on a tradition begun at last year's Saturday evening event, we will begin the evening at 6:30 pm with an international-themed buffet dinner followed by a facilitated group warm-up at 7:00 pm to get our rhythmic juices flowing. Art supplies will be available as well.

Open to all, including those not registered for the conference.


Saturday, April 28, 2018


6:30 to 9:00 pm


$45.00 (web rate; includes dinner buffet)

Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $50 pending availability.


Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045


"Eat More Mango" EP with Tarfia Faizullah & Brooklyn Shanti


Tarfia Faizullah and Brooklyn Shanti present a collision of poetry and bass heavy beats on Eat More Mango’s debut, “Nocturne”, releasing 3.6.18 via Someplace Called Brooklyn

There's a word in Bangla, the language of Bengal, for the kind of “kicking it” that goes on between good friends into the wee hours of mornings: Adda. Adda is the kind of hang where everyone present is trustingly vulnerable, and all feelings are allowed: Frustration, uncertainty, love, laughter and more. On Eat More Mango’s debut, Nocturne, poet Tarfia Faizullah and producer Brooklyn Shanti explore the possibility of communicating via spoken word and beat driven left of center hip-hop. Brought together by executive producer, Neelanjana Banerjee, who is also the managing editor at Kaya Press, the duo spent a week in a makeshift studio in Silverlake, California creating their EP. “We would walk around LA during the day, and once night fell we would be off into another world,” says Shanti, “we’re so stuck in a place where we have to constantly translate and code switch who we are as Bengalis in America, and around Tarfia and Neelanjana, I don’t need to do that – I’m free to just be an artist.” To round out the collaboration, the group invited LA-based Tablapusher to add percussive textures to their sonic backdrops.

SADUBAS at CalArts - October 13 (with special guest Clinton Patterson)

SADUBAS (Ameet Mehta and Robin Sukhadia) with special guest Clinton Patterson (trumpet) perform a special 2 hour set poolside at CalArts to celebrate the inauguration of Ravi Rajan, the new President of CalArts. 5-7pm.


SADUBAS, aka The Sadhus of Bass invite you for an intimate evening of audio visual delight converging classical Indian rhythms with 70’s Bollywood vibes and modern day electronics to create psychedelic soundscapes that examines the current state of the Union. www.sadubas.com

Numi Foundation - Rajib Karmakar (sitar) and Robin Sukhadia (tabla) - October 21, 2017

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Numi Foundation’s mission is to nurture and empower thriving communities. We envision a world where all basic human needs are met and people have the resources to fulfill their greatest potential.

Globally, Numi Foundation provides organic, fair trade farming communities with access to clean, safe drinking water. And in Oakland, California Numi Foundation offers experiential gardening, arts and social studies curricula to low-income K-8 public schools.

Rajib Karmakar and Robin Sukhadia present an evening of Ragas for the Foundation.

A senior disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Rajib Karmakar is undoubtedly one of the finest young sitar players today. Years of learning have resulted in an extensive technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old. He has performed all over the world, in prestigious music concerts and festivals. He is the creator of the world’s first double necked electric Sitar ” Mayur Tantri”. He earned his MFA in Indian Classical Music from the California Institute of the Arts, and currently resides in Los Angeles. More info at www.sitarrajib.com

Robin Sukhadia is 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 GRAMMY Museum, and at Carnegie Hall. Robin currently serves as an Advancement Officer for The Colburn School, considered among the world's foremost institutions for music education. Robin holds an MFA in Indian Classical Music from the California Institute of the Arts. More info at www.tablapusher.com.


SADUBAS at Beta Level LA - August 25

SADUBAS, aka The Sadhus of Bass invite you for an intimate evening of audio visual delight converging classical Indian rhythms with 70's Bollywood vibes and modern day electronics to create psychedelic soundscapes that examines the current state of the Union. Kicking off the sessions is special guest artist and beat conductor extraordinaire, Roarkyd.


Join the Resistance (sonically).

Friday August25, 2017
Relax and absorb

Directions to BetaLevel

•Find yourself in front of “FULL HOUSE RESTAURANT” located at 963 N. Hill Street in Chinatown. 

•Locate the alley on the left hand side of Full House.
Walk about 20 feet down the alley (away from the street).


•Notice dumpster on your right hand side.

•Take a right and continue down the alley.

•Exercise caution so as not trip on the wobbly cement blocks underfoot.

•The entrance to Betalevel is located 10 yards down on left side,
behind a red door, down a black staircase.


SADUBAS at Harvestworks: Imagining Tellus #28 Heard in LA

[July 7-13] NYEAF: Imagining Tellus #28: Heard in LA

A speculative audiocassette: an archaeological artifact of the present. Not available through subscription or purchase, for educational use only.

Curated and produced by Tom Leeser

Envisaged back in 1981 as an audiocassette publication, The Tellus Project, produced and curated by Carol Parkinson, Joseph Nechvatal and Claudia Gould, is now considered a historic and significant archive of New York’s leading “downtown” experimental sound, noise, performance and spoken word artists. The tapes included works by Sonic Youth, Louise Lawler, Elliot Sharp, Glenn Branca, Tom Cora, Fred Frith, and Spaulding Gray among others. Assembled as a series of twenty-seven audiotapes, each tape was titled with a number and a theme that reflected their sequential release and the curator’s research and intention. The tapes were compiled and distributed to their subscribers, bimonthly through the mail.

Imagining Tellus # 28 references and pays homage to this important project as an imagined twenty-eighth tape titled: Heard in LA. As curator, Tom Leeser reaches beyond the tapes’ original geographical limits of New York to current artists working within the vibrant and active experimental soundscape of Los Angeles.

These new works will not be published as a cassette however, rather they will be exhibited at Harvestworks in New York and then archived and available for streaming online. The imagined Tellus #28 includes emerging and mid-career artists that are exploring new forms of digitally produced sound works extracted from interdisciplinary practices that fuse poetry, electronic composition, improvised music and performance into an assemblage of beautiful antagonisms. Heard in LA will inject the original collective spirit of the Tellus Project into an updated “downtown” and “uncommon” networked space for future reference. Thanks to the The Center for Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts

Friday July 7 Reception 7 pm

Open to the public:  Weekdays noon – 5 pm

Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th  by appointment

Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602, New York NY 10012  Phone: 212-431-1130

Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker

“IMAGINING TELLUS # 28: HEARD IN LA” ARTISTS                                             

Neela Banerjee “How to Worship a River”


Matt Barbier “An Excerpt from: A Lost Diary Relating to a Life of a Certain Person (T.I.)”


Scott Benzel “Recovered Works”


K. Bradford “Dirge (on drought)”


Dan Bustillo “Dry Spell or there is something wrong with all that power”


Tyler Calkin “Interspecific Empathy Project: Hominid-Canid Vocalizations”


Scott Cazan “Invocation”


Provisional Collective “61856”


Louis Coy “La Llorana (Las Joyas Pequeñas)”


E.E.L “Circuit Siren Song”


Carmina Escobar “Saa Niñi Ya´a”

(with (with the Banda Filarmonica Maqueos Music, the Maqueos Music School, and Yulissa Maqueos)


Sarah Fylak “#Blessed2Know”


Jacob Goldman “Onomatopoeic”

Ulrich Krieger “Power Play(1987)”


Gregory Lenczycki “Silver or Lead”


Parches + Tim Tsang “(gfn) or, (excavating ruins from the future)”



Free Radicals “Conditional Circumstances



Jason Richards “Strange Frame”


Sara Roberts and the Readers Chorus “Black/White Oratorio: excerpts”


sadubas “What the Hell is Going On?”

(Robin Sukhadia and Ameet Mehta)



Christina Santa Cruz “River James”


Stephanie Cheng Smith “Clanky rattle dream”


Thomas Sturm “Carly A.I.”


Jack Taylor “Music for Speakers (Excerpt)”


Daniel Watkins “No More Pictures of Urban Lights”


Ebony Williams “The Vessel”


About the Curator

Tom Leeser is a media artist, educator, curator, and writer. He is Program Director of the Art and Technology Program and Director of the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts.) Tom received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI.) His film, video, sound, online work, interactive installations, and public performances have been exhibited at Eyebeam, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Machine Project, the Mount Wilson Observatory, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Fowler Museum, Redcat Theater, The Kitchen, The Millennium, Siggraph, and film and video festivals worldwide, with support from Art Matters, Creative Time, and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Recent projects include: DryRun, a public art and sound/poetry project for the City of Santa Clarita, History Refused to Die and The Futures Project at the Alabama Contemporary Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Filmforum, Artist Resident for a Day at Machine Project, Radical Cosmologies at ISEA2012, Indirect Intention—A Home and Garden Intervention at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Future Imaginary at the Ben Maltz Gallery of the Otis College of Art and Design, The Lament Project—An Evening at the Manual Archives, Underground Cinemamachine at Machine Project and Object Lessons for Gigantic Artspace in New York City. He is an editor and producer for the web-based journal and curatorial project viralnet.net.

Selected Works from “Future Tense” (Recent project by Tom Leeser)

Press Quotes

Make noise that leads to the subversion of beauty and tradition through a process of change. Leave room for the condition of inevitable spontaneity. Generate surprise. (Interview between Mark Trayle and Tom Leeser: www.viralnet.net)

Leeser extracts images and text from their original sources and integrates them into a “media archeology” that challenges their original meanings and context. M. Lovejoy,PostmodernCurrents(Ann Arbor, MI: Univ. of Michigan Research Press, 1989) p. 154.

Digital technologies have now formed the basis of our current century’s social network. We are now recording, archiving and dissolving at such a rate that latency and reflection can only happen within a real-time tyranny of a commodified present. In many ways we have created a zombie culture from the ashes of our past. http://viralnet.net/radicalcosmologies/interviews/klein_leeser.html

Social Media



Press Coverage

Yale Radio http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/tom-leeser/

Post Reality Show with Randall Packer https://player.vimeo.com/video/47625838

ISEA 2012: A Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Tom Leeser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMy__rjTf1I



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.


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.