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October 14, 2013

Well, India Music Week is finished and it’s been a great experience.  The ARC cataloged more than 24,000 Asian Indian recordings, added 1200 recordings to our collection, created thousands of links, harvested a thousand videos, posted a fine group of essays and hosted many events including the World’s Largest Bhangra Dance to break the Guinness Record!guitar copy

This blog will now stop publishing, but ARC will continue to host the website until we can find an organization or university to take it over.

Thanks to everyone who helped and all who visited the blog and webthing – still worth exploring for the wealth of information it contains.

Next up; Scandinavia Music Week!


What Am I Doing TODAY for India Music Week?

October 12, 2013


B. George here – Saturday I’m heading out to Flushing Queens to the Ganesh Hindu Temple Canteen for a quick dosa in the basement, then a FREE concert across the street @ Saraswati Hall.  Take the # 7 train to 45-57 Bowne St., Murray Hill, Flushing, Queens. (718) 460-8484).

Concert starts @ 2:30 pm.  Smt. M. Bala Raidu, Sri A.R. Balaskandan – violin and Sri Yazhpanam T. Shenthuraan on mridangam.

After the concert it spicy lamb burgers @ Xi’an, or lamb something, from this downstairs eatery featuring Chinese cooking from the Shanxi province.

Back on the the Flushing line for my 6 o’clock – a FREE talk on the Ins-and-Outs of Classical Indian Music @ the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music (4 West 43rd Street, Bet 5th & 6th Ave., Suite 618) in Manhattan.  This pre-concert lecture is by Dibyarka Chatterjee – tabla and runs  from 6 to 7 pm.
At 7:30 there’s a concert by Ruchira Panda – vocal,  Sri. Anirban Chakrabarty – harmonium, and our lecturer, Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla.  Admission for this one.  Ms. Panda is of the Kotali gharana Hindustani Classical music school who studied under Pandit Manas Chakraborty.

PLENTY of other events throughout NYC this Saturday.  Hava look!  All the info and so much more about Indian culture and music on our site @   Have fun!

Indian Music in Park Slope

October 10, 2013

Tonight lovely Indian music in a cozy corner of Park Slope, Brooklyn – see you @ the Tea Lounge tonight!


Hangin’ with Ravi

October 9, 2013

Fred_RaviJust last night Fred Patterson remembered that he was once at Fez, a downtown, basement club/bar when he sat down with Ravi Shankar.  Fred is the head archivist here at The ARChive of Contemporary Music; then, 1996, working at Warner-Chappell publishing.  So here’s further proof that our interest in Indian music is not a passing fascination, but a long time commitment!   Check out for more musical facts and fiction.

More India Every Day!

October 8, 2013

robotEvery day more and more data and info and fun things to do are pouring into the India Music Week, Oct 6-13 webthing.  Just last night  •  a discography of Tibetan music from in India • links to the audio from a massive 78 collection  •  Indian music programs from the 80s on WNYC radio  •  THREE new concerts  • and even more on the curious relationship between India and ROBOTS!

The site is a sight –

We set the Guinness World Record – Largest Bhangra Dance

October 7, 2013


ARC’s Launch Event was a great success as we set the Guinness World Record for Largest Bhangra Dance with DJ Rekha!

Thousand’s of dancing New Yorkers were part of the crowd that broke the Guinness World Record for Largest Bhangra Dance on Sunday at the South Street Seaport, as part of the NY Diawli Festival. We should have a final, count in a few days. Here’s a joyous DJ Rekha in front of the crowd. (photo:Nisha Sondhe) Thanks to all that made it all a happening event – AIA, Molecule Communications, percussionist Dave Sharma, choreographer Achinta S. McDaniel + Blue 13, photographers Ed Steinberg/Rocamedia and Richard Ledes, and of course, DJ Rekha .

India Music Week begins TODAY!

October 6, 2013

Join The ARC + DJ Rekha TODAY – Sunday afternoon, Oct 6, at 5pm – as we set the
Guinness World Record for the Largest Bhangra Dance!

At the South Street Seaport, New York City, facing the water. Right next to the big ship Peking.  The hot dance set starts at 5 with music, dancing and a practice session in preparation for setting the record.  A fun and family-friendly event – YOU and 10,000 of your closest friends dancing together!  Part of the ARChive of Contemporary Music’s India Music Week and the NY Diwali Festival – fireworks @ 7pm.




ALL INDIA MUSIC WEEK activities on our SITE

Early Start to India Music Week

October 5, 2013

IMW_logo NEWQuite a few things to whet your appetite for Indian music and ARC’s India Music Week!   So get out of the house this Saturday, get plenty of rest, and THEN join us at the South Street Seaport her in NYC as we set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Bhangra Dance.

      • Aparna Ramaswami – Dance, Michael Schimmel Center, Pace U., NYC.

Oct 5th   7:30pm   $40 | $35 | $25
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Aparna Ramaswamy’s choreography and performance have been described as “a marvel of buoyant agility and sculptural clarity” (Dance Magazine), “thrillingly three-dimensional,” and “enchantingly beautiful,” (The New York Times). Ms. Ramaswamy, a protégé of legendary Bharatanatyam artist Alamel Valli, will perform Sannidhi, illuminating the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine whose timeless duality forms the continuous pulse of the universe. In five sections, this work weaves together music and movement, rhythm and lyric, spirit and emotion, creating an invisible link between dancer, musicians and audience. A must see!

Papanasam Ashok Ramani – concert, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Lanham MD.     5pm FREE

Kaushiki Chakraborty – concert, U. at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD.    6-9 pm   $3

Surdarshan Singh – concert, tabla, Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College  7 pm

Rhythm of Rajasthan – concert, Drom, NYC  8pm

Video to practice Bhangra Dance with!

October 3, 2013

India Music Week coming right up and to help you help us set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Bhangra Dance THIS SUNDAY- Oct 6 – 5pm – at the South Street Seaport – with DJ Rekha – here are video for you to throw on yoru home screen and practice with!  Presented by the hard-working Achinta McDaniel



THIS SUNDAY – Oct 6 – Seaport, NYC – World’s Largest Bhangra Dance!

October 2, 2013


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