Heritage Arts

India Currents has championed the classical arts of India for the past 32 years. We have played a vital role in the existing cultural landscape of the diasporic Indian. Our Heritage Arts Initiative in partnership with the Bandish Network brings the finest of international opportunities, platforms and artists’ stories right at your digital doorstep. Check out some of our stories here.

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Electric Karnatik

Electric Karnatik

One in a Million . Shankar and Gingger. www.silverlinerecords.com Raga Aberi. Shankar with Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram. www.musicoftheworld.com/index2.html Eternal Light. Shankar with Zakir Hussain and T.H. Vinayakram. www.momentrecords.com In classical...

Two Melodies Together

Despite stereotypes, India, like America, is a country that feeds and nourishes creative individuality. Just as Americans have been inspired by the archetype of the cowboy who wanders the open spaces in search of a dream, so Indians are inspired by the yogi who...
A Family Business of Sarods

A Family Business of Sarods

When Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash take the stage, they have seven generations of music flowing through their fingers into the sarods. Their concert in the San Francisco Bay Area in August helps raise money for the India Literacy Project....
From Bollywood to London

From Bollywood to London

Here’s a paradox: Bollywood songs are actually more Indian than Hindustani or Karnatik music. Why? Because Indian classical music communicates profound truths that transcends the parochialism of any particular country. That is why anyone who takes the trouble to...

Father and Sons

FROM FATHER TO SON. Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, and introducing Alam Khan. Alam Medina Music Productions. RAINY SEASON RAGAS. Aashish Khan, Zakir Hussain. Chhanda Dhara Records. Both available at the Ali Akbar College Store, 215 West End Ave, San Rafael, CA...

An Indian in Pittsburgh

UPASANA. Sanskrit Chants and Hymns by Charushree. Available at www.ragawave.com When Pittsburgh was the center of American steel production, it was famous for the ethnic diversity of the many immigrants who came to work in the steel mills. The University of Pittsburgh...