• Raga Revival

  • Music at 7pm, Doors at 6:45pm

    Suggested contribution $20, $10 if you bring an instrument (but no contribution is too small)
    NC Raga Revival is a biweekly concert series showcasing the Music the Indian Diaspora and collaborations with other World Music artists. These concerts are family friendly, no shoes, and no booze.

    Dr. Ajay Dholakia is a long-time Triangle resident. He comes from a family of Indian Hindustani Classical musicians and has been learning, playing and teaching Tabla in the area for many years. He started learning tabla during high-school days in Indore, India and continued learning after coming to Raleigh. During his graduate school days at NC State University, he also played percussion and tabla with different rock, fusion and folk music bands. Over the years, he has accompanied many visiting classical vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as gazal and sugam sangeet singers. He continues his tabla learning journey at the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.

    Ishwin Dembla is an accomplished Tabla player and teacher in the triangle area. He started learning at the age of 6 and has studied with many stalwarts of India. Ishwin is a versatile accompanist and soloist. In the span of 20 years, he has gained knowledge in different styles or gharanas within the Tabla repertoire. He continues his study with his Guru and teacher Ustad Zakir Hussain of the Punjab Gharana. Ishwin is a Biotechnology Scientist by profession and pursues his passion for Tabla.

    A student of music since age 10, Daniel now specializes in creating music on bamboo flute, saxophone, and voice for ceremonial and intentional settings, where his deeply emotional and highly intuitive approach helps participants move deeper into their own authentic experience.  His teachers in the field of North Indian Classical music and Naada Yoga (Yoga of Sound) Include Steve Gorn, K. Sridhar, Pt Tarun Bhattacharya, morning bird songs, mountain sunsets, leaves dancing in the wind, and countless other messengers of this world and beyond.

    Viswas Chitnis began learning Sitar at the age of 15. He received his training at the Ali Akbar College of Music under the guidance of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He is the founder of North Carolina Raga Revival as well as a  School of Rag Indian Music Academy located in Chapel Hill NC and Brooklyn NY.
    He has received training on the Indian violin known as esraj by Sarangi Maestro Pt Ramesh Misra whom he visits weekly in Queens NY.  Mr Chitnis plays a late 70's Heman Kharaj Pancham sitar.

    After our feature we will have offerings from our collective of talented local indian classical musicians.
    If you are an indian classical musician interested in performing.
    we will do our best to make it happen!

    please email ncragarevival@gmail.com

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