4/23: Mehfil Massive at The University of Southern California

Mehfil Massive: South Asian Religions Remixed Through Poetry and Music

Admission is free. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here (http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/RSVP/reserve.php?RSVPEvtCode=599)

General Public: To RSVP, click here (http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/RSVP/reserveGeneral_NoTickets.php?RSVPEvtCode=600)

Wednesday April 23, 2014 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bovard Auditoirum, University of Southern California (3551 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089)

Legendary South Asian musicians and poets will come together to celebrate and investigate the rich diversity of South Asian spiritual influences. From ghazals set to music and sung throughout the Muslim world to Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize–winning Gitanjali (Prayer Offering of Song), collaborations between poets and musicians have been a staple of South Asian religious life for centuries. In Mughal courts, nightly mehfils brought these performers together and elevated their collaborations to high art.

This tradition will get a 21st-century update in a landmark evening featuring performances by internationally renowned diasporic South Asian artists including Sufi-influenced rock guitarist Salman Ahmad, vocalist and ten-string double-violin master Gingger Shankar, Mumbai-based electronic musician Bandish Projekt and hip hop artist and producer Brooklyn Shanti in collaboration with award-winning poets Kazim Ali, Tarfia Faizullah, Bhanu Kapil, Mandeep Sethi and Amarnath Ravva.The evening will be hosted by comedian/writer/performance artist D’Lo.

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4/25: Bandish Projekt & SADUBAS @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Bandish Projekt performs solo for the first time in the United States on April 25, 2014 at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. A Certified Ableton instructor and electronic music/tabla artist from Mumbai, Bandish Projekt will lead a special Ableton workshop at CFAER followed by a tablatronic set. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see one of the most innovative classical/electronic south Asian artists in both a performance and educational context! SADUBAS (Ameet Mehta and Robin Sukhadia) join as an opening act.

Friday April 25, 2014 – Bandish Projekt with Sadubas

Eagle Rock Center for the Arts: 2225 Colorado Blvd.

Los Angeles CA 90041

8 PM – Ableton Workshop

9:00 PM – Performance




Mughal-e-Azam at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Mughal e Azaam & The Rise of Epic Bollywood

with Robin Sukhadia
Thursday March 27, 2014 | 8:00pm
Featuring Music by SADUBAS

Robin Sukhadia (www.tablapusher.com) returns to CFAER to lead tonite’s examination of Mughal e Azaam, considered by many to be the Greatest Bollywood Movie Ever Made. The 1960 film introduced color for the first time to Indian cinemagoers, launched the careers of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, and featured the gorgeous score of Naushad. Robin’s lecture will present clips from the film with a special emphasis on the influence that Mughal culture had on the aesthetics of Bollywood film.

The lecture will be followed by a Bollywood centered electronic/tabla set by SADUBAS: The Sadhus of Bass (www.sadubas.com). Special musical guest Jason Abraham Roberts (guitar) with visuals by Karl Fornander. Photos by Paul Ulukpo.

UNITY Concert | University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Unity” – featuring Gaurang Doshi (sarod) Live in Concert
Tabla: Robin and Rajen Sukhadia



March 21, 2014 Friday at 7.30 pm
Recital Hall UNCG School of Music, Theater and Dance
100 Mclver St, Greensboro, NC 27402

Gaurang is a disciple of Pandit Dr. Laxmikant Doshi who is a renowned Sarod Artist of the the Maihar Gharana. Robin is shishya of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri who is a renowned Tabla Maestro of the Lucknow Gharana.

Special thanks to Dr. Gavin , Dr Pramod and UNCG school of Music, Theater and Dance