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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From star science student to master sitar player

From star science student to master sitar player

Sharanjeet Singh Mand was a star science student in northern India who represented his high school at national competitions. He was also a fledgeling musician who never had time to attend his elective music class. One day, a frustrated teacher confronted Mand’s...
Celebrating 50 Years of The Ali Akbar College of Music

Celebrating 50 Years of The Ali Akbar College of Music

Imagine being raised as a child with the narrow, cluttered stretches of a dark backstage as your playground; bright lights and waves of booming applause tick as steady as a metronome through my memories. I had two homes: the home where I ate my cereal each morning and...
ACIT Seattle To Receive $10,000 NEA Grant

ACIT Seattle To Receive $10,000 NEA Grant

Seattle, WA, February 2018 – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently recommended a $10,000 Art Works award to the Anindo Chatterjee Institute of Tabla Seattle (ACIT Seattle), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting tabla drumming and Hindustani...
A Concert for Vision

A Concert for Vision

Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) in their continued efforts to eradicate curable blindness in India organized a fundraising musical night with popular Bollywood singers Kumar Sanu and Sadhana Sargam on December 17, 2017 in San Jose. Funds from the concert fed into SEF’s...
Music Concerts: To Go or Not To Go?

Music Concerts: To Go or Not To Go?

“But mommy, it’s Taylor Swift! and Ed Sheeran! and Dua Lipa!,” my 10 year old daughter protested. My mind was paralyzed as soon as she had announced that she really wanted to attend the Poptopia concert at the SAP Center in San Jose. News stories of the Mandalay...
BollyWedd Is The Mantra!

BollyWedd Is The Mantra!

“Hot, Hot, Hot! That was one of the songs,” remembers Southern Californian Jackie Kendall of the music at her daughter Sara and Abhishek Belani’s wedding at the Design Center, San Francisco in 2015. Those were most likely the only words she recognized from the...