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Day 7 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Sunday – 8th Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 8, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 7 / Sunday, 8th November 2015…

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Day 6 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Saturday – 7th Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 7, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 6 / Saturday, 7th November 2015…

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Day 5 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Friday – 6th Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 6, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 5 / Friday, 6th November 2015…

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Day 4 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Thursday – 5th Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 5, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 4 / Thursday, 5th November 2015…

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Day 3 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Wednesday – 4th Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 4, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 3 / Wednesday, 4th November 2015…

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Day 2 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Tuesday – 3rd Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 3, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 2 / Tuesday, 3rd November 2015…

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Day 1 of 6th India Week Hamburg 2015: programme on Monday – 2nd Nov 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 2, 2015

India-WeekThe relations between Hamburg and India are as varied and diverse as the country itself. With around 80 events Hamburg is now celebrating the sixth time the traditionally good relations with India. The India Week Hamburg invites from 2 to 8 November 2015 to  discover this diversity.

Download fully programme as PDF here: http://bit.ly/1RsG5mD

Day 1 / Monday, 2nd November 2015…

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Happy Guru Purnima to all pupils (Shishyas) and their teachers (gurus) of Indian art…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 31, 2015

Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा, IAST: Guru Pūrṇimā) is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Nepali (Hindu) month of Ashadha (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, which is the Nepali calendar known as Hindu calendar in Nepal and India.

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Guroraadi Anaadischa Guruh Parama Daivatam Guroh Parataram Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 - 2010)

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 – 2010)

The Guru has neither beginning nor end; the Guru is the ultimate God (in the visible form). There is nothing beyond this Guru principle, and I salute such a Guru.

The guru-shishya tradition, lineage, or parampara, denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture and religions such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru “teacher” (Sanskrit: गुरु) to a śiṣya “disciple” (Sanskrit: शिष्य) or chela.

Such knowledge, whether it be Vedic, agamic, architectural, musical or spiritual, is imparted through the developing relationship between the guru and the disciple.

It is considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, is the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies (Source: Wikipedia.org).

Indian teachers keep a deep going and life long relationship with their pupils. The great ones teach till high ages if their health conditions allow it…

… and an increasing number of students coming from the West are study since decades under the guidance of Indian maestros in the traditional relationship of Guru-Shishya-parampara:

Tks to George Brooks (Sax), Heiko Dijker (Tabla),  Amie Maciszewski (Sitar), Randi Gloss (Tabla), Mahua Shankar (dancer), Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi), Alokesh Chandra (Sitar), Arupa Lahiry (dancer), Dana Pandey (Tabla), Amit Kavthekar (Tabla), Uday Bhawalkar (vocalist), Silpi Paul (vocalist), Ghatam Karthick (percussionist), Kapil Sharma (vocalist), Rupam Ghosh (violinist), Dr. Kashyap (Sarangi) and Sharmila Sharma (dancer) for sharing the pictures of intimate moments.

… and many tks to all musicians, teachers I had the gift to learn from over last 10 years (having started my own journey in studying about Indian classical music in January 2005 and presenting my first radio show in Nov./Dec 2005). – Warm greetings & Happy Guru Purnima / ElJay Arem.

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18th April: RECORD STORE DAY 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on April 17, 2015

The Record Store Day is an annual event, founded in 2007, held on the third Saturday of April each year to to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the scheme.

Record Store Day / April 18, 2015

Logo: Record Store Day / April 18, 2015

Background

Sparked by a comment by Bull Moose employee Chris Brown that something could be done along the lines of Free Comic Book Day, and with inspiration from a brainstorming session during a record store owners’ meeting in Baltimore, Record Store Day was officially founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner and is now celebrated at stores across the world, with hundreds of recording and other artists participating in the day by making special appearances, performances, meet and greets with their fans, the holding of art exhibits, and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases along with other promotional products to mark the occasion. Each store holds their own party for the day, to celebrate the perceived individuality of each store, and the place it holds in its community. Although Record Store Day, the day, only occurs once a year, Record Store Day, the organization, provides promotions, marketing, and other opportunities for stores throughout the year, maintaining a website, social media and other means of promulgating its views about the value of independent record stores. Record Store Day is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Dept. of Record Stores, along with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and the Alliance of Independent Media Stores.

Impact

Universal Music‘s sales manager, Marc Fayd’Herbe, has described Record Store Day as “the single best thing that has ever happened” for independent record shops.

The event has been criticised for catering to record collectors, rather than casual music fans, and delaying the release of non-affiliated records by monopolising the capacity of record pressing plants. Major labels have been accused of hijacking the event, and the policy of shops being obliged to buy on a no-return basis has been criticised, along with many of the limited releases being re-sold online within hours, at inflated prices.[5][6]

Record Store Day by year

2008[edit]

Unofficial Ambassadors: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day 2008 at Rasputin Musicin Mountain View on April 19, 2008. They signed autographs for 500 fans, 100 of which were MetClub members. Non Metclub members had to wear red numbered wristbands while the Metclub members wore blue ones. Metallica in conjunction with Rasputin Music gave away free T-shirts sized small to extra-large to all of the fans that got their autographs. There were approximately 10 special Record Store Day releases in the first year, including releases by Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Stephen Malkmus, Vampire Weekend, The Teenagers, Black Kids, and Jason Mraz. Billy Bragg met Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz in an airport and agreed to help kick off Record Store Day in the UK with a special live appearance. Approximately 300 stores launched Record Store Day in the USA, including Waterloo Records, School Kids Records, and Vintage Vinyl. The first organized involvement by UK stores included Piccadilly Records in Manchester, Jumbo Records in Leeds, Resident in Brighton, Sister Ray and Rough Trade in London, Rapture in Witney, Oxfordshire, Spillers in Cardiff and Avalanche Records in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

2009

The second annual Record Store Day was celebrated on Saturday, April 18, 2009 with approximately 85 special releases and appearances by the likes of Slayer, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Iron & Wine, The Stooges, MC5, Wilco, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, The Eagles of Death Metal.[citation needed] The total number of artist appearances in the US was approximately 500. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy announced that “there would be no Wilco if it weren’t for independent record stores” and the band made a surprise appearance on Record Store Day @ the Disc Exchange in Knoxville, TN. Eagles of Death Metal’sJesse Hughes announced that he was the official “Ambassador of Record Store Day” and the band made an appearance at Rhino Records. Mayor Mike Bloombergannounced that the City of New York officially recognized Record Store Day as a city-wide event and the judges on American Idol talked about their favorite records in honor of Record Store Day in the episode of American Idol prior to the event. Even though 95% of the special releases made for Record Store Day were for the USA, the event began to grow internationally with over 1,000 record stores in the US, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany all participated in the international event.

2010

The third annual Record Store Day took place on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The official ambassador for the event was Joshua Homme.[7] The official book of the event was “Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops by Graham Jones“. KCRW’s Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo also released their own self-published book, “Record Store Days”, which talks about independent record stores, with artist quotes provided by http://www.recordstoreday.com used throughout the book, and a specific chapter devoted to Record Store Day. NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York City once again honored the day. Anything Anything with Rich Russo released a vinyl album of local bands performing on his radio show as well as doing a bus tour visiting numerous New York and New Jersey record stores. Several artists made in-store appearances to mark the event:The Smashing Pumpkins announced that they would kick off the tour promoting their new album with a special Record Store Day concert at Amoeba in Hollywood, CA. Other artists to announce special appearances included Frank Black, Exene Cervenka, Angie Stone, Jason Derulo, Alice in Chains,Mastodon, Josh Ritter, HIM, Slash, Sick Puppies, Care Bears on Fire, and Emmylou Harris. The year’s event was also celebrated by giving young artists an opportunity to showcase their talent in the form of a national “Record Store Day: High School Battle of the Bands”. Local, participating independent record stores nominated one local high school band by picking a cut from the band’s supplied recording and entered their name and song cut into the contest. A panel of record executives and members from the Fender Corporation judged the entrants. Nine national semi-finalists were chosen to appear on a limited edition, compilation vinyl LP of their winning songs. Pressed by Gotta Groove, the LP features digital convenience. On the day of the event, it was announced that the grand prize winning band was SANUK, an indie band of HS students from Indianapolis, Indiana. They received a generous prize package of musical gear from the Fender Corporation and recording time with recording greats – Jack Ponti and Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley. SANUK was championed by their local record store, Indy CD & Vinyl. The sponsors of the contest were Caroline Distribution and EMI Label Services, Fender, and Fender Music Foundation. Aside from the Band Battle contest, many participating record stores had a line-up of live talent performing throughout the day. In 2010, more than 1,400 independent record stores participated in the unofficial holiday. More than 1,000 were from the US alone. Record stores saw a 41% increase in sales over the previous year’s celebration, and a 109% increase over the previous Saturday’s sales. By this time, the event had become such a nationally recognized event, that in the U.S., it was even referenced on “Saturday Night Live.” During the year, the first Black Friday Record Store Day was also held, on November 26, 2010.

This year’s releases included:

2011

The fourth annual record store day took place on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The official ambassador for the event was Ozzy Osbourne. Over six-hundred artists celebrated the event with in-store appearances, making it the world’s largest music event of its kind. Artists who made in-store appearances included Beastie Boys, theFoo Fighters, Duran Duran, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Todd Rundgren, Anvil, Del McCoury and the New Orleans Jazz Preservation Band, Regina Spektor,Jack White and Jerry Lee Lewis, the dBs, The Raveonettes, TV on the Radio, Frightened Rabbit, the Deftones, Chuck D, the Beach Boys‘s Al Jardine, Lonely Island, andJosh Groban. Most of the releases for the year were limited between 300 and 7000 copies worldwide. According to Billboard Magazine, the 182,000 bump in unit sales in the week that Record Store Day was held was directly attributed to the success of the event itself. The official film of the event was “Sound It Out”, a feature-length documentary directed by Jeanie Finlay, documenting the Sound It Out Records shop in Stockton-on-Tees, the very last record shop in Teesside. The film premiered to critical acclaim at SxSW and had its joint premiere at SheffDocFest and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. During the year, the second Black Friday Record Store Day was also held, on November 25, 2011.

This year’s releases included:

Releases for the Black Friday Record Store Day included:

2012

The fifth annual Record Store Day took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The official ambassador for the event was Iggy Pop. This year, over 400 different releases were made for the day, including:

  • Abba – “Voulez Vous” / “If It Wasn’t For The Night” (12″ numbered vinyl)
  • Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II [Remix]” (12″ vinyl)
  • Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?” (7″ limited purple vinyl)
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop – “Doctor Who: Sound Effects” (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop – “Out of This World” (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Rocky Ground” / “The Promise [Live]” (7″ vinyl, 1500 copies only)
  • Bruno Mars – “The Grenade Sessions” (10″ vinyl)
  • Buddy Guy – “This is Buddy Guy” (180g LP)
  • Chiddy Bang – “Ray Charles” (7″ dinked vinyl, 450 copies only)
  • Chase & Status – “Flashing Lights [S.P.Y. Remix]” (12″ vinyl)
  • Childish Gambino – “Heartbeat” (12″ vinyl)
  • Coldplay – “Up with the Birds” / “U.F.O.” (7″ vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Cradle of Filth – “Midnight in the Labyrinth” (2 cd)
  • David Bowie – “Starman” (7″ picture disc vinyl)
  • Disturbed – “The Collection” (12″ vinyl 2500 copies only)
  • Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water” (7″ vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Devo – “Live in Seattle 1981” (2x 180g LP + 2x posters box set)
  • Emeli Sande – “Heaven” (12″ vinyl)
  • Enrique Iglesias and Dev – “Naked” (12″ vinyl)
  • Florence and the Machine – “Only If For A Night” (7″ vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Foster the People – “Broken Jaw” / “Ruby” (7″ orange vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks” (12″ vinyl)
  • Fun. – “The Ghost That You Are To Me” (12″ gold gear shaped vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Garbage – “Blood for Poppies” / “Battle in Me” (7″ red vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Gorillaz – “Do Ya Thing” (10″ picture disc, 500 copies only)
  • Grateful Dead – “Dark Star” (12″ vinyl)
  • Iggy Pop – “I’m Bored” / “African Man” (7″ lime green numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • James Brown – “Live at the Apollo” (7″ vinyl)
  • Jamiroquai – “Rock Dust Light Star” (2x 180g LP + 1x cd box set, 3000 copies only)
  • Janis Joplin – “Selections from the Pearl Sessions” (2x 10″ numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • June Tabor & Oysterband – “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (7″ vinyl single) issued by Topic Records
  • Kate Bush – “Lake Tahoe/Among Angels” (10″ picture disc vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Katy Perry – “Part of Me” (12″ heavyweight pink vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Blackboard Jungle Dub” (10″ box set, limited edition multi-colored vinyl)
  • Leonard Cohen – “Live in Frederiction EP” (12″ vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • M83 – “Mirror” (7″ vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • M. Ward – “Primitive Girl” (7″ white vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • Metallica – “Beyond Magnetic” (12″ vinyl)
  • Michael Bublé – “Georgia on My Mind” (7″ peach vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Miles Davis – “Forever Miles” (180g LP, 1000 copies only)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Songs From The Great White North EP (12″ white opaque numbered vinyl, 2000 copies only)
  • Paul McCartney – “Another Day” b/w “Oh Woman, Oh Why” (7″ vinyl)
  • Pete Townshend – “The Quadrophenia Demos” (2x 10″ vinyl)
  • Phish – “Junta” (limited edition deluxe 3-lp vinyl set, 5000 copies only)
  • Professor Green – “How Many Moons [Remix]” (12″ green vinyl)
  • Rory Gallagher – “Stomping Ground” (10″ numbered vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Stadium Arcadium” (2006 deluxe edition re-release, 2000 copies only)
  • Regina Spektor – “Old Jacket” (7″ white vinyl, 3000 copies only)
  • Ryan Adams – “Heartbreak A Stranger” / “Black Sheets of Rain” (7″ vinyl, 2500 copies only)
  • Sex Pistols – “Anarchy In The UK”, “God Save The Queen”, “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in The Sun” (7″ numbered picture disc vinyl, 3500 copies only)
  • She & Him – “Volume One” (180g LP, colored vinyl, 100 copies only)
  • Sigur Rós – “Hvarf/Heim” (12″ translucent pale green double vinyl) (North America) / “Ekki Múkk” (vinyl, 10″) (Europe)
  • Silverstein – “Support Your Local Record Store (7″ vinyl)
  • Simple Minds – Theme For Great Cities (moby remix) / I Travel (2012 john leckie remix) (12″ single, 1000 copies only)
  • Social Distortion – “Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes” (2x 180g red and orange LPs + poster box set, 750 copies only)
  • St. Vincent – “KROKODIL” / “Grot” (red vinyl 7″ single, 2500 copies only)
  • T. Rex – “Telegram Sam” / “Metal Guru” (7″ coloured vinyl, 750 copies only)
  • T. Rex – “Electric Sevens” (4x 7″ vinyl box set)
  • Tegan and Sara – “Get Along” (180g lp, 300 copies only)
  • The Black Keys – “El Camino” (2x 12″ + 1x 7″ vinyl, poster and bonus cd box set, 6000 numbered copies only)
  • The Civil Wars – “Billie Jean” / “Sour Times” (7″ vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • The Clash – “London Calling” (7″ vinyl, 1000 copies only)
  • The Flaming Lips / Mastodon – “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (7″ pink vinyl, 10000 copies only)
  • The White Stripes – “Handsprings” / “Red Death at 6.14″ (7” red and black vinyl)
  • Steven WilsonCatalog / Preserve / Amass (live album, 2000 12″ vinyl copies only)

To coincide with Record Store Day 2012, the UK’s Official Chart Company launched the Official Record Store Chart, a weekly music chart based solely on sales from independent record shops. The chart was first issued on 20 April 2012, the eve of Record Store Day 2012.

2013

RSD 2013 was held on April 20, 2013. Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz was knighted in France in January.[16] The official ambassador was Jack White ofWhite Stripes fame and founder of Third Man Records. The White Stripe’s album Elephant was reissued in a limited edition 10th anniversary double LP, consisting of one black and red split colored disc and one white disc.

The list of releases for 2013 included:

In addition, Boards of Canada used RSD 2013 to launch a viral marketing campaign for their much anticipated album, Tomorrow’s Harvest, when a new vinyl record by the band was placed in a New York record store for purchase. The record allegedly sold on eBay for $5,700 but the buyer ended up being a fraud. It was later sold in a closed auction for an undisclosed sum.

2014

Record Store Day 2014 at Drift Records, Totnes.

Record Store Day 2014 at Drift Records, Totnes.

RSD 2014 was held on 19 April 2014. The list of releases included:

2015

Record Store Day 2015 will take place on April 18. The list of exclusive releases includes:

(Source: 17th April 2015 – Wikipedia.org)

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1981-2014: 33 years of RAGAMALA in Seattle (USA) comes to an end soon.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 17, 2014

Dear listeners of our radio programme for Indian music culture !

ElJay Arem (radio presenter, cultural journalist, media producer)

ElJay Arem

… it was a real shocking news. I received on Thursday by Mohan and Ramesh, who are members of the management board of Ragamala (Seattle), the following letter. I only can assume, how diffult it must have been for these passionate connoisseurs – who are settled in the coastal seaport city in the U.S. state of Washington – to spread this sad message out into the world of music lovers, at the beginning of a new year.

Personally I know Ragamala since 2009 and having a broad view onto the “market” of cultural organisations around the globe which are active in organizing concerts for Indian classical music or Festivals for Indian art, so I can say: “Ragamala did an excellent job over the last years as one of the leading NGOs in USA for presenting Indian classical music on stage.”

We (from media side) seriously have to think now about the meaning of this message. Its not just a short statement of one cultural organisation. Its a mirror of the global situation in cultural work. Till spring 2014 we have some few weeks and days to proof seriously at the round table how the future can look and keep alive Indian arts reaching a broader audience.

Warm Regards, ElJay A.
(founder of promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic)

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Seattle, 01/16/2014

Dear Ragamala Members and Supporters,
Happy New Year to you all!

Ragamala... Connecting Communities with the Arts of South Asia

Ragamala… Connecting Communities with the Arts of South Asia

Ragamala began this long journey 33 years ago in 1981. Looking back, I can see we have a come a long ways and have achieved everything we set out for ‘advancing the traditional performing arts of South Asia through exceptional programming’ – a mission accomplished! At the time of our formation, Ragamala was a trend-setting organization; in the coming years, others followed in our footsteps and are doing quite well. Ragamala has provided a valuable service and did so with the help from a very dedicated and passionate group of volunteers
Over the span of our existence, Ragamala was able to present well-known artists from not only India but also from South-Asian countries. During the Utsav festivals, local (to the greater Seattle area, as well as other parts of the U.S.) amateur artists were given opportunities to exhibit their talents; this gave them encouragement and increased their confidence.

Ragamala Utsav, Seattle

Ragamala was fortunate to get consistent support from the University of Washington’s Ethnomusicology program, which opened another door of opportunity for us. We worked with them in presenting their visiting artists, and were able to use their great auditoriums for our own concerts for a very reasonable cost.
Over the years Ragamala has also worked with other similar organizations/groups in cosponsoring music/dance recitals, lectures and workshops. Whenever possible, our volunteers would try to spread the word about Ragamala at the co-sponsored events and encourage patrons to become members. At times, the events also led to some of the artists performing for Ragamala in the coming years.
Ragamala always tried to maintain a good blend of North- and South-Indian music – let it be vocal or instrumental, or even in regards to dance performances. Our audiences and hospitality had such a good reputation that artists and troupes wanted to come to Seattle again and again. They spread this word all over India and we received several unsolicited proposals from new and upcoming artists wanting to come to the Pacific Northwest to perform at a Ragamala event.
We are finding that shifting musical trends, declining membership and event attendance and the emergence of other similar organizations have made it a challenge for Ragamala to sustain a high level of prominence in the Seattle arts scene. After many difficult discussions amongst the board members and long-time supporters, we have come to the conclusion that the time has come for Ragamala to bid farewell. In order to show our appreciation to our members and the community, we will close out our existence with two concerts in the spring of 2014 by artists who “grew up” with Ragamala and not only have established their names in the local communities, but are helping promote the tradition of Indian classical music among the younger generation and enthusiasts – this alone gives us a strong sense of pride and a great sense of accomplishment.
While we are of course very sad to say goodbye to this great organization, we are so glad that we have been able to be an influential and inspirational part of the local arts scene. We hope that you continue supporting similar organizations so that the legacy of Ragamala can live on in even a small way. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that any remaining funds of Ragamala will be given to the UW Ethnomusicology department with which to set up a scholarship in Ragamala’s name. The money will go towards helping students learn about Indian classical music and even subsidize trips to India.
On a personal note, we would like to say that we have thoroughly enjoyed our association and involvement with Ragamala over all of these years. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be active participants of this great organization. We would like to thank all dedicated volunteers for their hard work, donors, members and supporters. We could not have made it without you!

Thanks and regards.
Mohan and Ramesh, for Ragamala Board

Please note that whoever has paid 2014 memberships will be contacted for the refunds.

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