India Arts and Culture Council
501(c)(3) Non profit cultural education organization
PO Box 91294, Portland, OR 97291
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RASIKA is proud to present


Rasika is proud to welcome back dancer/actress Shobana and her troupe to Portland after many years with an exceptional grand Indian dance production!

Venue: Newmark Theater, Portland 5
Date: Jun 03, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Artist: Shobhana
Percussion: Anantha R. Krishnan
Keyboard: Prithvi Chandrasekhar
Line Producer: Srividya S.


Trance is a quest to present Indian performing traditions in a collage of rhythm, a kaleidoscope of colors, sensual poetry, and traditional Bharatha Natyam. The ever-evolving mythology of Shiva, the avatars of Vishnu, Mary Magdalene, among other streams of consciousness is re-contextualized in a form rich in movement and visual imagery. Complimented by a sonic imagery ranging from Indian classical to electronic music for audiences to be regaled and transported into the primordial state of being in Trance.

Born into a family of dancers, dancer/actress Shobana and her troupe of dancers have witnessed standing ovations at over 100 cities world wide for performances including Trance. Accompanied by live orchestra of musicians and stunning lighting and costuming creates an evening of enchanting music and dance. Not to miss. One evening only!
Duality: An Immigrant Experience - Dance Tour
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

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Collective Vision - Dance Concert

An Indo-Jazz Collaborative Musical Indian Dance

Venue: PCC Rock Creek Auditorium

Date: 21st April 2018 at 07:00 PM

Artists: Jayanthi Raman, Chuck Israels, Binni and Krishnakumar, S.V.Ramani, Raghavendra Rao, Chau Dancers and Bharathanatyam dancers

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

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.

DUALITY: An Immigrant Experience…

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Apr 032016

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.

Ustad Zakir Hussain & Singer Hariharan in HAZIR

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Mar 192016
A Mother’s Day special concert !!
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
$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

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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.

RASIKA presents India Arts Festival 2015 featuring 20+ artists from India and US

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Sep 202015


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

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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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


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


7PM Saturday 3rd October 2015
Hult Center, Eugene, OR


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
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


India Arts Fest 2015 (Performances)


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