Robin Sukhadia, former Machine Project artist-in-residence, and his father Rajen Sukhadia will lead an in-depth three hour workshop focused on the raga and tala (melody and rhythm) of north Indian classical music.
Through recitation and hands-on playing of tabla bols, students will learn about the structure of the drum, basic compositions, and posture. Singing exercises will expose students to the basics of the sargam (melodic scale), and how to adapt scales in basic ragas. Multimedia and listening exercises will give students a deeper understanding of the context and history of north Indian classical music and its global impact.
Tabla pairs will be available in the gallery for participants to use.
This class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as intermediate students, and all ages are welcome!
Love Bollywood? Then don’t miss our screening of Bollywood’s biggest films and voices happening Friday August 23!
Robin Sukhadia is a Machine Project fanatic. He was our Artist in Residence in 2008, giving birth to the legendary Tablacentric workshops that went on to be featured at the Hammer Museum and at LACMA. He earned an MFA in World Music/Tabla from CalArts in 2007, and recently returned from a Fulbright assignment in India. He is a tabla disciple of Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com
Rajen Sukhadia has been studying classical North Indian music since the age of 11 starting with his first Guru, Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala. For the past 10 years, he has been focusing his study with Srimati Kumudani Rathore in Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently studying tabla accompaniment with Sri Gaurang Doshi in Winston Salem, NC. Rajen is a devoted music teacher himself, and currently teaches vocal and tabla accompaniment in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem area through the Sangeet Anand Musical Arts School. His classical training informs his deep love of Bollywood film music.