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We are excited to offer a variety of educational workshops on Indian Classical Music & Dance and world percussion over two days.



Immerse yourself in theory, composition, and the art of music. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills!

7-27 Workshops



Raga Unveiled - (Film/Documentary)

Gita Desai

Raga Unveiled is a sweeping look at the architectural brilliance of a system that gave birth to a unique art form of music. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating melodies, and rare archival footage to honor India’s legacy of music & sound in its entirety.


Demystifying Raga: Listening and Appreciation

Rohan Ramanan

This workshop will touch upon how to identify essential aural components in our Rāga-based music traditions, and will fill in some more context for folks aiming to become more informed listeners and rasikas. We might even sing together for a moment! I hope that this workshop will help you begin or continue a fruitful journey as a music appreciator, and perhaps inspire you to pursue it yourself!


Kathak: From the Ancient to the Modern Era

Smita Narasimhan + Ruhi Bhagat + Kashvi Ranjan + Khushi Patel

Embark on a journey of the history of Kathak, from worship in ancient temples to the intricate designs in Mughal palaces in the 16th century. Learn the components of a Kathak repertoire, and the lasting influence of this art in the modern era of music and dance.

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Jathi * Laya * Saaram: The Essence of Rhythm

Ramya Harishankar + Nandini Kannan + Visalini Sundaram

Arpana Dance Company will explore "rhythm" in all its manifestations in Bharata Natyam


Harmonies of the Heart: Bollywood and Indian Classical Music

Robin Sukhadia + Rajen Sukhadia

This workshop delves into the fascinating confluence of Bollywood cinema and Indian classical music. We'll examine how films like "Baiju Bawra", “Mughal e Azam” and contemporary films like “Jodhaa Akbar” have integrated classical motifs, highlighting contributions from iconic composers like Naushad and A.R. Rahman. Discover the role of instruments like the sitar and tabla in bringing traditional sounds to mainstream audiences, and understand the cultural significance of this musical heritage in shaping Bollywood’s global identity.

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Authentically Adapting Tabla to the Western Drum Kit

Ray Belli

In this workshop, Ray will discuss his ever-evolving process of translating tabla tones and composition onto the drum kit. Part personal narrative and part demonstration, Ray will show how his approach has changed over time, in particular focusing on his latest concept of the "drum kit baya", a pitch-shifting bass drum that further unlocks the sonic palette of tabla for drum kit players. He will also address questions around cross-cultural influences and open the floor to questions.


Rhythmic Foundations - An Introduction to Carnatic Talas

Shyam Ravidath + Deepti Ravidath

Rhythmic Foundations provides beginners with an understanding of the basic talas in Carnatic music and their role in shaping the rhythmic structure of compositions.

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Kathak - Aadi Kathak (Film/Documentary)

Rewa Rawat

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Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune has made a feature-length historical research documentary 'Kathak Aadi-Kathak' on the history of Kathak and its relationship to ancient sculptures and the Naatyashastra. It is based on Guru Roshan Datye's, a Kathak exponent, art historian and scholar, research. This film also gives a glimpse into what was ancient India and explores the discrepancies between what we believe about it and what they were actually trying to say. The film has been shot in 12 different archeological locations in North India and covers multiple beautiful temples and sculptures in those temples. The film is directed by young director Rewa Rawat


Musicality and Rhythm in Kathak Dance

Seema Barua + Ayanna Kannan + Sasha Salvi

Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Kathak, where rhythm and melody intertwine to create the mesmerizing tapestry of this classical Indian dance form. Our workshop on "Musicality and Rhythm in Kathak Dance" offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into the intricate relationship between movement and music, guided by seasoned Kathak exponents.


Raga As Naad Yoga


Hindustani music is often referred to as a form of Naad Yoga, or Yoga through Vibration. It is said the music carries ancient powers of healing, and that Raagas can be used as medicine with certain Raagas carrying certain benefits. Over time, this way of approaching and practicing music has diminished, and music has become less of a tool of yogic meditation and more of a performance art. As a result, many of the kriyas or techniques that allow one to experience the music as a Yogic practice have also been lost. In this workshop, we will explore some of these lost secrets, practice some of the kriyas together, and understand why and how Raaga based music was once considered to be a form of vibrational Yoga.


East West: Explore the Guitar in Indian Music

Paul Livingstone + Ted Morano

Experience the sound of the guitar in the context of raga music. Utilizing fretted western tuned guitars and fretless guitar hear Paul explore nuances of raga music and ask questions about tunings, scales and microtones in music. Bring your own guitar and learn a basic raga form, elements and traditional compositions to study and perform in your own context and bands.

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Odissi Odyssey: Unveiling the Artistry

Shibani Patnaik

Embark on a captivating journey into the world of Odissi dance. This workshop offers a holistic experience, blending history, technique, and cultural context. Led by Shibani Patnaik, the participants will learn the basics of Odissi's graceful movements, delve into its rich heritage, and explore the spiritual dimensions of this ancient art form. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned dancer or a connoisseur of the classical arts, join us for an immersive exploration of Odissi's timeless beauty and cultural resonance.


A Caravan of Rhythmic Traditions of Afghanistan

Salar Nader

Join Salar Nader for a masterclass exploring the mesmerizing world of Afghan music, where he shares his expertise in the intricate rhythms unique to this Central Asian culture and how they seamlessly intertwine with both South Asian traditions. The instruments that will be included in this demonstration will be the Paghmani Dholak, Attani Dhol, and the Tabla. Explore the rich tapestry of musical influences and unlock the secrets behind these rhythmic gems in a hands-on and enlightening session. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your musical horizons and deepen your understanding of cross-cultural musical connections.

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Exploring Global Rhythms through Electronics

Kevin Moran

Join me in an interactive presentation on global rhythmic concepts. We will explore African, Indian, and Western rhythmic theory all through a lens of electronics; including sequencers, fx pedals and percussion instruments from around the world.

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