Brooklyn Raga Massive to celebrate Women’s History Month 2019 with Women’s Raga Massive in March


The third annual Women’s Raga Massive March festival, “Out of the Woods” will be held on Thursdays, Mar. 7, 14, 21 and 29, at the various venues around New York City such as Nublu, The Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub and the Rubin Museum.

The festival is part of the Brooklyn Raga Massive and will celebrate Women’s History Month 2019, featuring female-led ensembles including singer Samita Sinha, Saraswathi Ranganathan on the veena, dancer Malini Srinivasan, poet Haleh Liza Gafori, Roshni Samlal on the tabla, Rajna Swaminathan on the mrudangam, Deepal Sanghavi on the santoor, singer Roopa Mahadevan, Anjna Swaminathan and Trina Basu on the violin, DJ Tikka Masala and more.

According to a press release, this year’s iteration of the festival reflects on the subtle and violent, the named and often invisible currents that are at play with the role of gender in music within the South Asian musical world through narratives, ecstatic song and lament.

Also, Brooklyn Raga Massive will be co-hosting a series of musical-art dialogues, a panel discussion and “long table” gathering at The Rubin Museum of Art focusing on power and gender in South Asian performing arts communities on Saturday, Mar. 16.

The performances are as follows:

  • Samita Sinha – Vocals and Electronics on Thursday, Mar. 7, at 7 p.m. at Nublu – 151 Avenue C
  • Saraswathi Ranganathan – Veena on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 7 p.m. at The Jazz Gallery – 1160 Broadway Floor 5
  • Panel Discussion, Long Table, Music & Art Tour on Saturday, Mar. 16, at 11 a.m. at The Rubin Museum of Art – 150 W 17th Street
  • Ask Hafiz – Dance and Music on Thursday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. at Joe’s Pub – 425 Lafayette Street
  • FINALE featuring Members of Women’s Raga Massive on Thursday, Mar. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at The Rubin Museum of Art

The Women’s Raga Massive will have a culminating concert at the Rubin Museum of Art where Deepal Sanghvi Chodhari, Roopa Mahadevan, Roshni Samlal and Rajna Swaminathan will perform and DJ Tikka Masala will be DJ’ing upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.

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