The Cinema Cabaret: Re-takes on North American History – October 5, 2014

Sunday October 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The Cinema Cabaret: Re-takes on North American History
At the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles CA 90007

Neelanjana Banerjee, Robin Sukhadia, Jen Hofer, Douglas Kearney, Nicole McJamerson, Janice Lee, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Jen Nellis, Konrad Steiner, and Jackie Wang performing live!

Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available in advance at
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Tonight ten poet-performers take on the movies by writing scripts that re-tell scenes from seven feature films, using them to repackage aspects of the history of our continent. The practice of counter-dubbing films with alternate soundtracks became ubiquitous in the 20th century. But almost from the beginning of cinema live orators and narrators were available to mediate the image on the screen, either for documentary films without inter-titles, or for imported films whose titles were in a foreign language, or indeed in Japan where the film industry grew around the star status of the benshi narrators, creating films designed to be narrated live by the actors who wrote the tale and voiced the characters. Sometimes called “movie telling” or “neo-benshi” or glossed as performance art, the seven pieces tonight will take scenes from different feature films and torque them with sometimes comic, critical, or poetic interpretations, all relating in some way to the history, or alternate history, of North America.


The Golden Voices of Bollywood @ CalArts – October 18, 2014


Bollywood’s Biggest Films and Voices
presented by Rajen and Robin Sukhadia (MFA 07)

Parent’s Weekend at CalArts
Saturday, October 18 // 11am – 12:30pm

On Saturday October 18, CalArts Parent’s Weekend is thrilled to showcase the voices and films of Bollywood’s Golden Era. CalArts alumni Robin Sukhadia (MFA 07) and his father, Rajen Sukhadia, will present film music videos featuring Kishore, RD Burman, Rafi, Mukesh and more accompanied by live song performances, analysis, and historical/political insight. All the mega stars will be given due attention. We promise 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 music fanatic. He earned an MFA in World Music/Tabla from CalArts in 2007, and recently returned from a Fulbright assignment in India. He is a tabla disciple of Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri, who has served as the Chair of the World Music Department at CalArts. Learn more at

Rajen Sukhadia has been studying classical North Indian music since the age of 11 starting with his first Guru, Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala. For the past 10 years, he has been focusing his study with Srimati Kumudani Rathore in Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently studying tabla accompaniment with Sri Gaurang Doshi in Winston Salem, NC. Rajen is a devoted music teacher himself, and currently teaches vocal and tabla accompaniment in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem area through the Sangeet Anand Musical Arts School. His classical training informs his deep love of Bollywood film music. Learn more at

3rd i Presents: Mughal e Azaam & The Rise of Epic Bollywood Lecture by Robin Sukhadia


Sunday, November 9, 2014

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


LAGAAN at LACMA: The Rise of Global Bollywood on September 16

Tuesday September 16
7PM | LACMA | Bing Auditorium | FREE!


5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036

LACMA’s South Asian Department and the South Asian Council are pleased to present a multi-media lecture focused on Lagaan, the 2001 Academy Award nominated Bollywood epic film.  Lecturer, performer and Fulbright scholar Robin Sukhadia will present clips from the film to contextualize Bollywood’s increasing global impact. Special emphasis will be placed on the film’s music, its distribution, the actors, and its relevance to India’s post-colonial narrative. The 45 minute lecture will be followed by a special live musical performance by SADUBAS inspired by the film’s music. Special guest Sheela Bringi joins the duo on bansuri (bamboo flute). The evening’s free and kid friendly. Dancing encouraged!

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


Raga & Meditation at the House of Intuition – August 31, 2014

Join Will Marsh (sitar) and Robin Sukhadia (tabla) for a special evening of Raga and Meditation at the House of Intuition on August 31, 2014.


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

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