EVENTS

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August 30th, 2017 - DC RAGA JAM: Featuring Kamalakiran Vinjamuri & Vijay Ganesh (Washington DC)

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February 15th, 2017 - DC RAGA JAM #2 at Bossa Bistro & Lounge (Adam Morgan) featuring Nistha Raj (Washington DC)

 

September 10th, 2016 - Hari Kondabolu Album Release Show (Washington DC)

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August 5th, 2016 - Grand Ancestor Sound System Launch / Yola's Birthday Skank (Washington DC)

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July 23rd, 2016 - Grand Ancestor Sound System Launch / Yola's Birthday Skank (Washington DC)

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July 14th, 2016 Theo Croker @ The Hamilton (Washington DC)

Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20.

MAY 29th, 2016 - Farhan Live Zinda Tour @Eagle Bank Arena (Fairfax, VA)

MAY 29th, 2016 - Steve Aoki w/ Rain Man @ Echostage (Washington, DC)

June 3rd, 2016 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Celebrating the 20th Anniv. of "Tha Crossroads" (Silver Spring, MD)

June 4th, 2016 - Benny Benassi with Wolfgang Gartner (Washington DC)

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MARCH 26th, 2016 - Red Baraat Festival of Colors (Washington DC) w/Madame Gandhi & RAJAS

MARCH 31st, 2016 - GW ISA Presents:Rupi Kaur Spoken Word & Open Mic Night

APRIL 1st, 2016 - Anoushka Shankar (Washington DC)

APRIL 9th, 2016 Bhangra Blowout 23: The Collegiate Championships featuring PRANNA & Amar Sandhu (Washington DC)

APRIL 16th, 2016 - DJ Rekha @ Tropicalia (Washington DC)
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MARCH 26th, 2016 - Red Baraat Festival of Colors (Washington DC) w/Madame Gandhi & RAJAS

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Described by NPR as “the best party band in years,” Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain. Fueled by three master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar, and a booming sousaphone, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound that merges hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock, and jazz. In celebration of the Hindu holiday of Holi, Red Baraat presents the Festival of Colors, a celebration of South Asian arts and culture with a gathering of family, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song and dance. The event will feature a full Red Baraat set and a diverse lineup of guest performers.

Red Baraat Festival of Colors debuted in 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City - the event was sold out. It has since expanded and travelled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans. Each year, bandleader and dhol player, Sunny Jain curates a night of music and art highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America through a diverse range of styles and mediums. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu and her live band (Deep Singh, Dave Sharma, Mark Tewarson, Gaurav Shah), Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, with score by Grammy-nominated composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, Mandeep Sethi, Vandana Jain, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes, and DJ Ushka.

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Madame Gandhi is an electronic music group featuring the drums and vocals of Kiran Gandhi (drummer for M.I.A.) and the sound design of Alexia Riner. Based out of Los Angeles, this project uses driving rhythms, ambient melodies and soulful vocals to explore concepts of liberation and equality.

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Rajna Swaminathan leads the ensemble RAJAS, a project that brings together musicians from Indian classical and jazz backgrounds to collectively explore new textural and improvisational horizons. Rajna is an accomplished mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist and composer. She is a protégé of mrudangam legend Umayalpuram Sivaraman, and is one of only a handful of women mrudangam artists in the world. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians, including mentor and vocalist T.M. Krishna. Over the past few years Rajna has been collaborating with eminent musicians in New York's jazz and creative music scene, including Vijay Iyer and Steve Coleman. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music at Harvard University.

Rajna Swaminathan - mrudangam, compositions
Roopa Mahadevan - vocal
Anjna Swaminathan - violin
Arun Ramamurthy - violin
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MARCH 31st, 2016 - GW ISA Presents:Rupi Kaur Spoken Word & Open Mic Night

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RUPI KAUR is a writer and artist based in toronto canada. at the age of 5 she began to draw and paint- a hobby picked up from her mother. being an immigrant from india she was unable to speak with the other children at school. this naturally meant a lot more time alone. but once she picked up the language books became her best friends.

She drew until the age of 17 when she began to sway more toward her passion for writing and performing instead. the year was 2009. and her first performance was in the basement of ‘punjabi community health centre’ in malton. for years it went like this. writing pages and pages of poetry on end. performing pages and pages of poetry across canada for the years to come. and then in november 2014 she self published her first collection titled ‘milk and honey’.

Her passion is expression.she just uses different mediums at different times to do so. and poetry is just one of those mediums. along with it she dabbles in illustrating, design, photography, videography, and creative direction. it’s a career that’s lead her to performing spoken word across the world while also facilitating writing workshops. but all her work engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. at times it is a composition of personal tales and in others, the experiences she encounters through life and travel.

To keep up to date with where she is what she’s doing be sure to follow rupi on instagram, twitter, facebook for updates. to watch her spoken word you can visit her channel. 

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APRIL 1st, 2016 - Anoushka Shankar (Washington DC) - www.anoushkashankar.com
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Witness a sitar dynasty in the making! Once a teen prodigy, performing at Carnegie Hall and other premier venues alongside her eminent father—the late, great sitar master Ravi Shankar—Anoushka Shankar is now a mature sitar virtuoso and renowned headline artist in her own right, captivating audiences worldwide with repertoire including traditional Hindustani ragas and a custom blend of “world music” uniting Indian styles with jazz, flamenco, Western classical music, electronica, and other genres
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APRIL 9th, 2016 - Bhangra Blowout 23: The Collegiate Championships (Washington DC)

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APRIL 16th, 2016 - DJ Rekha @ Tropicalia (Washington DC)

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DJ Rekha pioneered merging Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. DJ Rekha is a producer, curator and educator based in New York City. She is the founder of Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co‐founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named"Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award‐winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel",and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play "Rafta Rafta" and was the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, "A Feet in Two Worlds." She has done remixes for artists that range from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra. Her debut album,DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released on E1 Music. Rekha has received numerous community awards and in 2009, inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed at the White House and internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. She has taught courses on music history, business, and pop culture at New York University. You can see her live the first Thursdays at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on www.breakthruradio.com

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