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

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

9:00 PM - 10 PM - INTERMISSION: SADUBAS Remixes

10 PM - 12 PM
Qurbani (1980) Part II

 

FREE!
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

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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.

Featuring:

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
WiseChild
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

http://www.jusdeep.com/

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.

LAGAAN AT STANFORD: THE RISE OF GLOBAL BOLLYWOOD – MAY 6, 2015

The Center for South Asia at Stanford University in partnership with 3rd i Films are pleased to present a multi-media lecture focused on Lagaan, the 2001 Academy Award nominated Bollywood epic film produced by Aamir Khan and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Through film clips and musical excerpts, Fulbright Scholar and tabla artist Robin Sukhadia will address Bollywood’s recent history and Lagaan’s relevance to India’s post-colonial narratives. Special focus will be given to the rise and impact of Bollywood composer A R Rahman, whose richly textured score for the film elevated him to global notoriety.Wednesday May 6, 2015  12PM – 1:30PM FREE!
Stanford University
Room 208, Encina Hall West,
417 Galvez Mall, Stanford, C

KIRTAN WITH SHEELA BRINGI – BHAKTI YOGA SHALA

Participate in ecstatic call-and-response Kirtan, learn sacred mantras, and listen to rapturous melodies (ragas) of Indian classical music with vocalist, harpist and bansuri flautist Sheela Bringi (www.sheelabringi.com).
Sheela will be joined by tabla artist Robin Sukhadia (www.tablapusher.com) and Brent Kuecker.

Friday April 10th, 8:30pm.
Bhakti Yoga Shala
207 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 804-9290
$20 Suggested Donation
no one turned way for lack of funds

SWEET NECTAR AT INDIGO LAB – LOS ANGELES


Sunday March 29, 2015
7 – 9:00 pm
Indigo Lab Los Angeles
7466 Beverly Blvd Suite 205, Los Angeles California 90036

An evening of sacred sounds with chanting, meditation and sound bath featuring Sweet Nectar (Anthea Jaskirpal Kaur & Brock Pollock) will be joined by special guests Will Marsh, Robin Sukhadia and Smiz Miza.

We will be taking you on a journey of the senses chanting sacred mantras, meditating to classical Indian ragas and relaxing with a sound bath. The evening is designed to draw out the deep well of love within and deepen our connection with the Divine!
Tickets – $20 at the door

Doors open at 6:45pm, starting promptly at 7pm

Please bring a water bottle and cushion/mat to sit on.

RAGA & MEDITATION AT THE HOUSE OF INTUITION WITH WILL MARSH AND ROBIN SUKHADIA

Sunday February 7, 2015

7-9pm

House of Intuition

2237 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles 90026

 

Join Will Marsh (sitar) and Robin Sukhadia (tabla) for a special evening of Raga and Meditation at the House of Intuition. The evening’s sonic spiritual journey will begin with an opening Chakra meditation led by Robin Sukhadia. This meditation will ground the listener and open the Crown chakra to the universe’s divine creativity. Will and Robin will then present a north Indian raga on sitar and tabla. North Indian classical music is an ancient body of wisdom that invokes the divine through sacred melodic and rhythmic improvisations. We aim to create an atmosphere where both audience and performer can be most receptive to the healing power of music and raga to cleanse and tune our spirits, bodies and chakras. This opportunity to receive the blessings of a timeless musical lineage is not to be missed!

About the artists:

Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. His musical journey led him to the California Institute of the Arts where he became a student of Ustad Aashish Khan and has since completed his MFA in North Indian Music. Will also is a student of sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. Blessed to have such great guidance, Will has been performing and teaching North Indian Classical music since 2010. Currently, Will resides in Los Angeles. More at www.willmarshmusic.com

Robin has been studying tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music and at The California Institute of the Arts for the past 11 years. He completed Advanced Psychic Meditation and Healing Training at The Psychic School in San Francisco in 2013. He is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (India) and earned an MFA in World Music from CalArts. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com

3RD I PRESENTS: MUGHAL E AZAAM & THE RISE OF EPIC BOLLYWOOD LECTURE BY ROBIN SUKHADIA

Sunday, November 9, 2014|  1PM

http://www.thirdi.org/event/mughal-e-azam-ruminations-on-a-classic-spectacle/

New People Cinema

1746 Post Street

San Francisco

Robin Sukhadia returns to 3rd I to lead an examination of Mughal e Azaam, considered by many to be the Greatest Bollywood Movie Ever Made. The 1960 film introduced color to Indian cinemagoers, launched the careers of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, and featured a gorgeous score composed by Naushad. Robin’s lecture will present clips from the film with a special emphasis on the film’s music and the influence of Mughal culture on the aesthetics of Bollywood film. The lecture is being presented as part of 3rd i’s Music and Dance programming at this year’s festival. He will be joined by special guest and bollywood expert Manoj Shailendra.

Robin Sukhadia is a Bollywood music fanatic. He earned an MFA in World Music/Tabla from The California Institute of the Arts 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.

RAGA & MEDITATION AT THE HOUSE OF INTUITION – NOVEMBER 2, 2014

Join Will Marsh (sitar) and Robin Sukhadia (tabla) for a special evening of Raga and Meditation at the House of Intuition. The evening’s sonic spiritual journey will begin with an opening Chakra meditation led by Robin Sukhadia. This meditation will ground the listener and open the Crown chakra to the universe’s divine creativity. Will and Robin will then present a north Indian raga on sitar and tabla. North Indian classical music is an ancient body of wisdom that invokes the divine through sacred melodic and rhythmic improvisations. We aim to create an atmosphere where both audience and performer can be most receptive to the healing power of music and raga to cleanse and tune our spirits, bodies and chakras. This opportunity to receive the blessings of a timeless musical lineage is not to be missed!

About the artists:

Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. His musical journey led him to the California Institute of the Arts where he became a student of Ustad Aashish Khan and has since completed his MFA in North Indian Music. Will also is a student of sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. Blessed to have such great guidance, Will has been performing and teaching North Indian Classical music since 2010. Currently, Will resides in Los Angeles. More at www.willmarshmusic.com

Robin has been studying tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music and at The California Institute of the Arts for the past 11 years. He completed Advanced Psychic Meditation and Healing Training at The Psychic School in San Francisco in 2013. He is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (India) and earned an MFA in World Music from CalArts. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com

CLASSICAL SITAR AND TABLA WITH WILL MARSH & ROBIN SUKHADIA – OCTOBER 25, 2014

Enjoy the blissful sounds of sitar and tabla performed by two rising artists of the tradition.

Saturday October 25, 2014
Mystic Journey Bookstore
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice CA 90291
mysticjourneybookstore.com/events
$15

Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. His musical journey led him to the California Institute of the Arts where he became a student of Ustad Aashish Khan and has since completed his MFA in North Indian Music. Will also is a student of sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. Blessed to have such great guidance, Will has been performing and teaching North Indian Classical music in since 2010. Currently, Will resides in Los Angeles. More at www.willmarshmusic.com

A Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and 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 at CalArts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for the past twelve years. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com