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


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

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.


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, Ca.


Cal King & Tablapusher at The Echo – April 12, 2015

I’ll be accompanying Cal King on tabla at the Echo on April 12! We are opening for Ameripolitan Award winners Sarah Gayle Meech and the Freightshakers.


The Echo  5PM

1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026

If you haven’t heard it yet, check out Cal King’s EP called SHIT JUST GOT REAL at