India Arts and Culture Council
501(c)(3) Non profit cultural education organization
PO Box 91294, Portland, OR 97291
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Duality: An Immigrant Experience - Dance concert
Oregon Tour
Date: April 6th - April 22nd 2018
Venues: TBA

The Duality dance production is adapted and will be touring various venues in Oregon showcasing the best of Indian performing arts.

Venues planned include: Chehalem Cultural Center, Salem Library, Blue Mountain Community College, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Pacific University etc.

Team of dancers from India and the Northwest join choreographer/dansuese Jayanthi Raman on the tour.

Funded in part by grant from Oregon Community Foundation

Collective Vision - Dance Concert
An Indo-Jazz Collaborative Musical Indian Dance
Venue: TBA
Date: April 2018
Jazz legend and Guggenheim Fellow Chuck Israels joins with Indian dance exponent Jayanthi Raman to create an evening of enchanting music and dance. The two artists lead a team of musicians and dancers from Northwest and India.
Funded in part by grant from Collins Foundation.


RASIKA is proud to present:

"A Tribute to the Carnatic Legend, Late Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna"
- A Duo Vocal Carnatic concert tour by his dearest and prime disciple couple
Dr. K. Krishna Kumar & Mrs. Binni Krishna Kumar

Accompanying them:

B. V. Raghavendra Rao - Violin

S. V. Ramani - Mridangam

Trichy K Murali - Ghatam

USA/Canada Tour: April 07, 2018 - May 15, 2018

The prime disciples of the Dr. BMK (as fondly referred to), Carnatic Musicians who are well established and reputed in India and have travelled all over the world as a Carnatic Music unique male-female duo. They were more than disciples for their guru. In fact, they were the sole strength for the legend during his weakening old age during 2013/16.

Dr.K.Krishnakumar has accompanied in recent years almost all concerts with his guru for almost a hundred of his concerts and made a mark as the guru blessed him to continue his musical legacy at his last live concert at Anakapalli near Vishakhapatnam.

RASIKA has had a long association with Dr.BMK for more than two decades and with great reverence to the greatestest Carnatic musician of this century, RASIKA is proud to present the illustrious disciples Mrs. Binni Krishnakumar & Dr.K.Krishnakumar for this carnatic concert tribute tour.

The couple will present Carnatic compositions of Dr. BMK along with his favorite selections of other Vaggeyakaras with anecdotes and life experiences of the great guru between renderings. There is also opportunity for lecture prior to concert to talk about experiences with Dr.BMK. There will also be some recordings of Dr. BMK sold for the benefit of The Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna Memorial Trust established by his family members to preserve and propagate the legacy of the great musician.

Your immediate positive response is eagerly awaited.



RASIKA proudly presents the US tour for

"Remembering Mandolin U. Shrinivas"
- A concert tour by the following eclectic ensemble:

Mandolin U. Rajesh and Ambi Subramaniam

US Tour Dates: March 2, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Accompanying them:

S.V. Ramani – Mridangam/Ghatam

Praveen – Tabla

Swaminathan Selvaganesh – Kanjira


Please contact for booking the concert in your place.

RASIKA presents
Dr. K. J. Yesudas' Golden Night
Time: 05:30 pm
Date: Sunday, 12th November, 2017
Venue: City National Civic, San Jose, CA


A first-time ever multilingual fund-raiser show celebrating the 50 year journey of Dr. K. J. Yesudas, with the Lakshman Sruthi Orchestra. The show will have light music covering Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movie songs.


Performance by: Dr. K. J. Yesudas
Live orchestra of Musicians: Lakshman Sruthi Orchestra, with a total of 23 members


This is a first-time multi-lingual concert, celebrating the 50 year musical journey of Dr. K. J. Yesudas. The concert is a fund-raiser, and you can become a donor with a donation of $500/$1000 and upwards. All donors will get an invitation and tax-deduction certificate, courtesy of RASIKA. Click here to donate.


Tickets on sale now. Get your tickets here or here.
Tickets are: $39, $59, $79, $99 (VIP), $150 (VVIP), $250 (Gold), $500 (Elite), (service charges apply)
$39 tickets are Sold Out.


Thank you!

Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds

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RASIKA presents
7pm Saturday 7th October 2017
Jayanthi Raman's Dance of the Hummingbirds
Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in a full-length dance presentation with live orchestra
Concept & Dance choreography: Jayanthi Raman
Original poetry by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson
Visual artist: Shashank Rao,
Live orchestra of Musicians: Vocalist, Bamboo Flute, Mridangam and Base Guitar
With 8-10 senior professional dancers from Jayanthi Raman Dance Company led by Jayanthi Raman
Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects an artists's struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws upon inner strength to overcome them. The production is a confluence of dance, music, images and literature.
The production features newly commissioned poetry of 2010 Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson, new music score by musicians; images of traditional Indian painting; choreographed by Jayanthi Raman with team of live orchestra of musicians and local Indian dancers. This project uses English poetry instead of Sanskrit chants, medley of musical instruments and musical styles, creative artwork as visual embellishment and Indian folk and classical dance genres to showcase the choreography as a contemporary multi-disciplined artistic conversation.
The project builds upon the central concept of every artist’s experiences of struggling with challenges in a new world and creating opportunities for themselves and those around them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance. The production is a true depiction of creative collaboration bringing performing, literary and fine artists together on same platform.
Live orchestra of exceptional musicians, poetry read by Paulann Peterson, visual artist Shashank Rao and a team of professional 8-10 dancers lead by danseuse Jayanthi Raman
Tickets on sale now.
$32, $26 & $22 (venue service charges extra)
Early bird special: $5 discount until Sept 7th 2017. Get your tickets today for best seats in the house.

Funded in part by grant from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Thank you!

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 


More details and tickets click here
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:


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.
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

DUALITY: An Immigrant Experience…

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FREE Outreach events in April-May 2016

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.
Short music and dance segments by Natya Dance students and
Rasika Music School students will be showcased.
4:30pm Saturday April 2nd 2016
Location: Intel JFCC Auditorium
Hillsboro Mayor Willey will deliver welcome address.
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.

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