Calendar: HERITAGE 2019

September 29, 2019

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

HERITAGE 2019 - an afternoon of extraordinary musical extravaganza 

Heritage 2019- An afternoon of extraordinary musical extravaganza
When: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Address: 150 N. EL MOLINO AVE., PASADENA, CA 91101
Time: 4-7 pm
Tickets: Online: $ 35 | Door: $ 40
Doors Open at 3:30 pm

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Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy, founded in 2015, brings together the most talented Indian classical musicians to research, teach, and grow not only Indian Music and Arts but also other forms of world music. The academy gives talented young musicians opportunities to work intensively on new creative ideas in a team with support of facilitators in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking through various performances and workshops. Students become part of a growing network of peers and collaborators to support their life-long musical journey.
The concert will include performances by Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy’s students, faculty, and guest artistes’ maestro Raaginder Momi, Javad Butah, Pankaj Mishra and others.

Raaginder Momi:
Raaginder is a violinist and music composer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Hailing from the school of Maihar-Seni Gharana, Raaginder implements improvisation, rhythmic patterns, and the sounds of Indian Classical music on a modified five-string violin. He is deeply embedded into the tradition of Hindustani music through the teachings of great masters like Dr. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury and Ustaad Aashish Khan. While keeping that foundation, Raaginder is also immersed in contemporary music. He has produced several contemporary albums in which the sounds of Indian classical violin and hip-hop music intermingle. These works bring forth lyrical and rhythmic sections which stem from traditional elements while also infusing a modern touch. Raaginder has performed in prominent venues all over the world such as The White House, Staples Center, Wembley Arena and many more. Through these endeavors and experiences, Raaginder’s art brings forth a new, intense, and interesting sound for his audiences to hear.

Pankaj Mishra:
Born into an exceptional Musician-lineage.Being the son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Great Grand Son of Sarangi virtuoso Late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra and Grand Son of Late Pt. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra.He was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi Player of Banaras Gharana late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra. Pankaj created a distinct style of playing & has performed both as a Solo artist and accompanist at several prestigious events in India including the Dover Lane Music Conference, ITC Festival , Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Swar Samrat Festival, The Salt Lake Music Festival Etc.He has toured extensively in All over USA, Canada, EUROPE,JAPAN,Bangladesh and more ,has performed at various concerts abroad including the Ali Akbar Music College (San Rafael – California & Basel -Switzerland), Raagmala organization (Edmonton- Canada), Deutsche Welle and WDR (German Radio & Television),The Indian Embassy concert ( Berlin & Austria),The Gandharva Music Festival ( Neatherlands), Asia festval – Spain and many others.

Javad Butah:
A disciple of world-renowned Tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Javad’s comprehensive approach to the instrument reflects his training at the hands of one of the finest Tabla artists alive today. In addition to his impressive technique, Javad’s overall musicality, expressed equally in solo performance and accompaniment, leaves a lasting impression on listeners and has made him an in-demand young artist. Javad is amongst a few who have had the rare honor of becoming an official “gandabandh” disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has had the honor of accompanying world-renowned artists such as Ustad Aashish Khan and Ustad Sultan Khan. He has played in such venues worldwide as the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Saptak Music Festival in Ahmedabad, India. Javad completed a Masters in Fine Arts degree under the tutelage and guidance of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, eminent exponent of the Lucknow Gharana, at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. With a deep love for the inexhaustible art of tabla, Javad is always continuing to learn and develop. His playing, noteworthy for its clarity and fine sound quality, represents a virtuosic tradition alive in a new generation.

Neel Agrawal:
Neel Agrawal is a multi-percussionist incorporating various styles of world percussion into his own unique musical voice. Neel performs with leading musicians in a wide range of musical contexts, including fusion, Indian and Western classical, rock, jazz, electronic, hip hop, film scores, and theater. He recently completed a fellowship at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab for his groundbreaking research on African Drumming Laws. In 2016, Neel was selected as one of six artists from the U.S. to participate in “Celebrate the Connections”, an intensive urban arts and education tour of India sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, as well as coordinated by Cultural Vistas in New York. Group performances in India’s largest cities — Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi — showcased Neel’s ability to integrate a wide range of rhythmic styles forming the backbone of powerful transmedia performances, hip hop dance cyphers, and world fusion compositions between musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists from different continents. He has performed with L. Shankar, Lord Huron (at Coachella), Flamenco India (Oliver Rajamani), Arohi Ensemble (Paul Livingstone), Rajib Karmakar, Sheila Govindarajan, Ethnotronika (Ireesh Lal), Johannes Moller, the UC Santa Barbara Music of India Ensemble, New Music Works, and the UC Santa Cruz Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, Neel was the section leader of the Michigan State University Drumline, where he received two national tenor drumming awards from Percussive Arts Society. He is grateful to study with incredible gurus such as Navjot Sandhu, Aloke Dutta, Ken Dalluge, William Winant, Jon Weber, and Todd Ohme.

Rajib Karmakar:
Rajib Karmakar is a Los Angeles based performance artist, composer and educatorRajib has been performed in many countries including India, USA, Canada, Germany,France, Italy, Switzerland for Ministry of Spain (Spain), Ottawa Council for Arts(Canada), Boom Festival (Portugal), Festival of India (USA and Canada), NAMM (LosAngeles), Cal Performances (USA), National Arts Center(Ottawa), Straz Center(Tampa) , Castello Di Romeo (Italy), Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles) and many more.He has played and has been featured in various movies and T.V. shows for Disney,Warner Bros., Sony, Universal, A&E Network and others and also has been an artist inresidence for various colleges and universities all over the world. Rajib’s versatility andability has allowed him to adapt his skills and knowledge to his various world musicprojects with his own creation “Mayur Tantri” -the world’s first double necked sitar. Rajibreceived his MFA in Music from California Institute of the Arts and currently he is the Artistic director of Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy.

Opening Group Song by students of the academy
Beginning Instrumental Ensemble
Advance Vocal Ensemble
Tabla: Shouri Lahiri | Sarangi: Pankaj Mishra
Advanced Tabla Ensemble
Advance Instrumental Ensemble
Violin: Raginder Singh Momi | Tabla: Javad Butah | Sitar: Rajib Karmakar
Q & A Session
Closing felicitation


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Event Location

Ahiah Center For Spiritual Living Pasadena, North El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA, USA

Event Fees



All Ages