APAP - New York City, NY
Jan
12
to Jan 13

APAP - New York City, NY

Ragamala Dance Company

Written in Water is an ongoing investigation of Paramapadam (the 2nd century Indian board game upon which Snakes and Ladders is based), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of both. The game board serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, in which dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation. The performance will unfold upon a large-scale projection of a Paramapadam game board on the stage floor. On this metaphysical map, the seekers/dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing—as they journey through the seven valleys (or states of being) central to The Conference of the Birds.

For more details, visit Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

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New York University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mar
19
to Mar 23

New York University - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Ragamala Dance Company

Written in Water is an ongoing investigation of Paramapadam (the 2nd century Indian board game upon which Snakes and Ladders is based), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of both. The game board serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, in which dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation. The performance will unfold upon a large-scale projection of a Paramapadam game board on the stage floor. On this metaphysical map, the seekers/dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing—as they journey through the seven valleys (or states of being) central to The Conference of the Birds.

For more details, visit NYUAD.

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Cal Performances - UC Berkeley, CA
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Cal Performances - UC Berkeley, CA

Ragamala Dance Company

Written in Water is an ongoing investigation of Paramapadam (the 2nd century Indian board game upon which Snakes and Ladders is based), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of both. The game board serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, in which dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation. The performance will unfold upon a large-scale projection of a Paramapadam game board on the stage floor. On this metaphysical map, the seekers/dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing—as they journey through the seven valleys (or states of being) central to The Conference of the Birds.

For more details, visit Cal Performances.

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Cal Performances - UC Berkeley, CA
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Cal Performances - UC Berkeley, CA

Ragamala Dance Company

Written in Water is an ongoing investigation of Paramapadam (the 2nd century Indian board game upon which Snakes and Ladders is based), the 12th century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds, and the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of both. The game board serves as a physical and metaphorical framework for a world of psychological complexity, in which dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation. The performance will unfold upon a large-scale projection of a Paramapadam game board on the stage floor. On this metaphysical map, the seekers/dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing—as they journey through the seven valleys (or states of being) central to The Conference of the Birds.

For more details, visit Cal Performances.

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Wilson Center for the Arts - Brookfield, WI
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Wilson Center for the Arts - Brookfield, WI

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They Rose At Dawn

In this solo work by Aparna Ramaswamy, women are depicted as carriers of ritual. Navigating inner and outer worlds, they invoke a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. A stellar Carnatic musical ensemble accompanies Aparna as she explores the spontaneous interplay between music and movement and the dynamic contours created by the artists onstage.

For more details, visit Wilson Center.

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Indian Rhythm Ensemble - San Francisco, CA
Sep
27
to Dec 6

Indian Rhythm Ensemble - San Francisco, CA

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The new Indian Rhythm Ensemble will explore universal techniques and approaches of Indian rhythm with a focus on the ancient South Indian Carnatic tradition. Gain hands-on experience playing several traditional instruments, including the pitched mridangam, khanjira frame drum, ghatam clay jug drum, and konakkol, a unique system of vocal percussion. Classes will culminate in a public performance with guest artists.

Ages: All

Instruments: Mridangam (double-sided pitched drum), khanjira (frame drum), ghatam (clay jug drum), konnakol vocal percussion (beat boxing). Open to singers and instrumentalists. Bring your instrument if you have one!
Musical Styles: Hand drumming; Indian rhythmic improvisation and composition; adapting traditional techniques to other instruments and across genres
Prerequisites: None
Location, Day and Time: Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, 6:00–7:00pm 

For more details, visit SFCMC.

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Ellnora Guitar Festival - Chicago, IL
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Ellnora Guitar Festival - Chicago, IL

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New live score by Rez Abbasi for the 1929 silent film, "A Throw of Dice."

Rez Abbasi - electric & acoustic guitars, sitar - guitar
Pawan Benjamin - tenor & soprano saxophones, bansuri flutes
Jennifer Vincent - acoustic bass, cello

For details, visit Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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SF Jazz - San Francisco, CA
Jul
29
1:00 PM13:00

SF Jazz - San Francisco, CA

"Inuksuit" by John Luther Adams

Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece” and lauded by eminent New Yorker critic Alex Ross as "one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life," Inuksuit is an innovative composition for up to 99 percussionists placed singly or in small groups throughout a large open-air space. As listeners’ walk, the balance between various musicians located within the space changes, mixed with the natural sounds of the environment – a primary aspect of the concept the composer calls "sonic geography." Percussionist and composer Doug Perkins directs this exclusive event held at Sutro Baths.

For details, visit SF Jazz.

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Rhythm Residency - Albany, NY
Jul
5
to Jul 9

Rhythm Residency - Albany, NY

Personalized one-on-one and group lessons offered in:

  • South Indian percussion—mridangam, khanjira, ghatam, konnakol vocal percussion
  • Applying Indian hand drumming techniques and repertoire to drum set and other percussion instruments
  • Rhythm techniques for singers, instrumentalists, and dancers
  • Devotional drumming for kirtans and bhajans
  • Cross-musical composition and improvisation
  • Music history, theory and analysis, and ethnomusicology

Sign-up for lessons!

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Headwaters School for Music and the Arts - Bemidji, MN
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Headwaters School for Music and the Arts - Bemidji, MN

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Ragamala Dance Company

Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environment that shapes them. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth explores the fragile relationship between nature and man.

For details, visit Headwaters School for Music and the Arts.

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