India Arts and Culture Council
501(c)(3) Non profit cultural education organization
PO Box 91294, Portland, OR 97291
Phone: 503-446-8123 | Email: rasika@rasika.org

Portland

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presents
Dance Ballet of India
4pm Sun 19th March 2017   Note date change to:  4 pm. Sat., April 1, 2017
 at Newmark Theater, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts 

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A magnum opus production featuring an international cast of over 12 professional dancers from Delhi, Chennai- India and the US.
With multi-genre dances: Bharatha Nataym Chhau and Modern dances with stunning costuming and lighting
Featuring the voice of melody king and illustrious Bollywood singer: Hariharan

Novel concept, theatrical elements – a reflection of our immigrant lives…. 
Watch video of dancers:

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/198261517]

Tickets on sale now. $25-50 inclusive of all service charges. $5 discount for children 10 and under, students and seniors.
Avail 15% off early bird special until Feb 28th.
Artists:
Concept, Choreography, Lead performer & Artistic Director: Jayanthi Raman
Original Music Score: Mandolin U Rajesh
Featured musicians: Bollywood legend singer Hariharan, percussion maestros Selvaganesh & Ghatam SV Ramani,
Voice of Binny Krishnakumar (of Ra Ra Chandramukhi movie fame) and many more exceptional musicians.
Original story: Portland author: Lalitha Ram with Script adaptation by Jayanthi Raman
This concert is supported in part by Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation
 

FREE Outreach events in April-May 2016

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Join us to celebrate and share the personal stories, triumphs of many eminent Indian immigrant in Oregon. The contribution of Indians has been in socio-economic, arts, cultural, humanitarian sectors and we have become important members of this diverse community.

The panelists include Intel VPs, Directors, Engineers, Physicians, entrepreneurs, academicians, who not only excelled in their professions but took the time to make a difference in the community.They have mentored youth and women in community, founded local community and cultural groups to foster the regional cultures and languages of India, brought professionals of Indian origin together supporting local causes. All of these people have taken time to make a difference in the community in a positive manner. They will share their experiences and personal stories to inspire and motivate others.
Meet the amazing panel of eminent speakers….
oregonspanel2Raiyo Aspandiar, Joe Gnanaseegaran, Aniruddha Kundu,
Subha Varma Pathial,Sunil Shenoy, Rama Reddy, Nitin Rai, Rani Borkar,
Kishore Pathial, Durgam &Subha Chakrapani, Rajeshwari Philips, Shakuntala & GT Krishnamoorthy,
Gidu Sriram, Nitin Sarangdhar, Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Jaisen Mody, Ravi Velayutham,
P.S. Rao, and Mohan Nair.Facilitator: Jayanthi Raman
Ask questions, bring your children to attend the events.
BE INSPIRED, BE PROUD.
Short music and dance segments by Natya Dance students and
Rasika Music School students will be showcased.
Schedule/Venues:
4:30pm Saturday April 2nd 2016
Location: Intel JFCC Auditorium
Hillsboro Mayor Willey will deliver welcome address.
NEXT EVENT:
4:30pm Saturday April 23rd 2016
Location: Portland State University, Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
Supported by Rasika, the PSU Institute of Asian Studies IAS, PSU-COTA- College Of Theater and Arts and others.
3:00pm Saturday May 14th 2016
Location: Oregon Historical Society, Park Av., Portland

Presented-sponsored by Rasika, the Oregon Historical Society, with promotional support from the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the UO Folklife Program.

 
A Mother’s Day special concert !!
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HAZIR! – A brilliant fusion of ghazal/blues and Tabla featuring vocal genius Hariharan and Tabla Legend Ustad  Zakir Hussainboth India’s coveted Padma awardees.
Enjoy an evening of exceptional music, melody and percussion in all its glory – a perfect gift for the entire family on Mother’s Day!Known for his soulful melodic renditions, Hariharan is a popular Indian film playback singer and a king of ghazal. World-renowned tabla maestro and king of rhythm Zakir Hussain needs no introduction. Together they create the magic of HAZIR along with an ensemble of Indian musicians featuring guitar, sarangi, harmonium, and keyboard instruments. There’s only one chance to see these two musical legends perform

Sunday, May 8 at 4pm

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall,

1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
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$30 /$45 /$60 /$75 & $105(VIP)

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RASIKA presents HAZIR from RASIKA on Vimeo.

 Harmony reigned supreme – “It was a meeting of musical minds when Hariharan and Ustad Zakir Hussain to the stage. .Read More.. –The Hindu

“Ustad Zakir Hussain and Hariharan mesmerize Kolkata” ..Read More.. The Times of India

“Hearing the duo is like a dream. They complemented each other, and their on-stage chemistry was amazing” – Times of India

Please visit artists websites for more details:  www.singerhariharan.com       www.zakirhussain.com

 

Carnatic flautist Dr. N. Ramani passed away on Friday Oct 9th at Chennai, India.

He was one of the greatest flute player of Carnatic tradition.  RASIKA had the honor to present his concerts here in Portland.

He will be remembered for his grace, humility, simplicity and witty nature and of course his amazing music.

RASIKA family offer our respect and condolences to his family.

 

 

indiafest2015-emailRasika presents India Arts Fest 2015
RASIKA is proud and honored to bring to Portland audiences a ten day festival of outreach events- lectures, master classes, as well as dance, vocal and instrumental music concerts by distinguished artists from India and US.
A show case of classical vocal, instrumental music and classical dance. For the first time in Portland, with 20 artists participating from India & US.
Venue: PSU Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
7:30pm Friday 2nd Oct 2015: Anubhava Classical “Bharatha Natyam” by dancers from India & US
5 pm Saturday 3rd Oct 2015: Carnatic Vocal by Binni and Krishnakumar & Flute Recital by V.K. Raman
5pm Sunday 4th Oct 2015: World Music Concert – an instrumental Jazz led by Mandolin U Rajesh
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Season Pass to all 3 days concerts $45 General; $60 VIP
visit Sulkeha Portland for all events tickets

 7:30PM Friday 2nd October 2015

Bharatha Natyam by troupe of seven dancers from US & India led by Portland’s dance maven, Jayanthi Raman

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ANUBHAVA:

Admission: $20-30; Discounted tickets for students/seniors.

Supported by a grant from Collins Foundation

5pm Saturday Oct 3, 2015

Vocal Carnatic Music: Binni & Krishnakumar & troupe  (5 pm)

Classical Flute Recital: V. K. Raman & troupe  (7 pm)

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PSU Music Recital Hall (Room 75)  (At the basement of Lincoln Hall building)
1620 SW Park Ave,  Portland, OR

  Admission: $20-30. Discounted tickets for students/seniors

5 PM Sunday 4th October 2015
A Musical Tribute to late legendary Mandolin U Shrinivas

An exceptional World Music Ensemble plays tribute to our beloved artist U.Shrinivas

Mandolin: U Rajesh ;  Saxophone: George Brooks
Keyboard: Portland’s own George Cooligan (PSU)
Drums & Kanjira: Selvaganesh &  Mridangam: Shriram Bramhanandam

Admission: $20-30. Discounted tickets for students/seniors

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**Don’t miss this special concert presented specially inPortland for our Rasikas

 All the above concerts are funded in part by grants from  Oregon Cultural Trust, Westaf-Tourwest, Oregon Arts Commission and
National Endowment for the Arts

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India Arts Fest Hillsboro: FREE Outreach events:
Tuesday 29th Sept 2015: Dance of India
Wednesday 30th Sept 2015: Music of India
Walter Arts Center, HillsboroSupported in part by grant from the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, HACC and City of Hillsboro

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7PM Saturday 3rd October 2015
ANUBHAVA Dance
Hult Center, Eugene, OR
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5:30PM Friday 9th October 2015
Music of India concert by Jayaprakash Bhaskaran on Violin with Vijayan Bhaskar on Mridagam.

7PM Friday 9th October 2015
ANUBHAVA Dance
OSU La Salle Auditorium, Corvallis, OR
DetailsINDIA ARTS FEST state wide presentations at Corvallis and Eugene supported in part by grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust

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2014 in review

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Jan 112015
 

Rasika has had a wonderful year 2014 filled with concerts and outreach events, reaching to newer segments of the population.

Here is a recap of the highlights of 2014 year for our Rasikas – members, donors and audiences, including granting agencies.

Nov 252014
 

Rasika India Music Ensemble (RIME)

Students and members of the local community interested in local performances will be given special training in Indian Vocal, instrumental and Indian percussion to prepare them to perform in the music ensemble team through the year at many cultural and community events through the year.

The classes will be ongoing from 6-7pm every Saturday evening at the Hillsboro Rasika Music studio. Students of the music school join for free and can bring their respective instruments to start training for the performances. This is group lesson unrelated to the regular classes.

Local members of the community can join for drop in fee of $10 per class.

As students train and learn specific songs for Tamil, Malayalam or Telugu language as well as popular national songs, they will have the opportunity to perform at upcoming events.

Classes start from this Saturday 22nd November 2014. Please call 503-803-4322 for more information and to register for classes.

Pancharatna classes

Students and members of the local community interested in local performances will be given special training in Pancharatna kritis to prepare them to perform in 2015.

The classes will be ongoing from 7-8pm every Saturday evening at the Hillsboro Rasika Music studio. Students of the music school join for free and can bring their respective instruments to start training for the performances. This is group lesson unrelated to the regular classes.

Local members of the community can join for drop in fee of $10 per class.

As students train and learn the kritis, they will have the opportunity to perform at upcoming events.

Classes start from this Saturday 22nd November 2014. Please call 503-803-4322 for more information and to register for classes.

Sep 192014
 

It is with great sadness that we mourn the demise of Mandolin maestro U. Shrinivas, who passed away Friday morning at a private hospital in Chennai, India.

Shrinivas, a long time associate of Rasika, and close personal friend of Raman Srinivasan, the President and founder of Rasika; impressed everyone with his divinity and humility. A rare combination of a great musician and great human, he started his career as a child and always let the Mandolin speak for him. Never one to lecture people to accept the Mandolin; especially when he started playing it, there was controversy among the Carnatic music pundits about the instrument, he let his music talk and he came to be known as Mandolin Shrinivas!

Raman has presented his concerts since 2004, and Shrinivas’ US/Canada tours in 2006, 2010 and recently as 2013 very successfully. Our association with the legend has been very close for past ten years. His tours have been the most successful tours for Rasika and he also accepted to be the Honorary President of our music school and wrote an article about the importance of Sadhana (practice) for music students for the Rasika music school book.

It is a great loss for our music world.

In words of Raman Srinivasan: My dear brother Shrinivas….It is the greatest loss to Indian music. I have known Shrinivas for more than 10 years personally and i have not come across another human who is so disciplined and respectful. It is so sad..i don’t have more words now. Our condolences to his brother Rajesh, and Shrinivas family. Raman & Jayanthi

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