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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Yeh Saala Salsa!

Yeh Saala Salsa!

In 2014, Grammy award winner Christian Tumalan had spent 13 years in America and considered himself not fully American but “getting there.” He is band-lead of the 19 member Pacific Mambo Orchestra and believes that (net)working with DJs and local talent is one of the...
Carnatic, Hindustani, Arabic, International: CHAI for 6!

Carnatic, Hindustani, Arabic, International: CHAI for 6!

CHAI for 6, a music group with members based in four states across two continents will perform on June 17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The group traces its origins to the Berklee Indian Exchange founded in 2013 to celebrate and share Indian music and culture...
Hindustani High in San Francisco

Hindustani High in San Francisco

San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) this year has a lineup coming up soon that pays homage to the collaborative performing spirit, with artists from India, China, and non-Indians playing Hindustani music sharing the stage. (Browse through this issue to...
When in Doubt: Be a Hero

When in Doubt: Be a Hero

On January 11, 2016, the German Foreign Office tweeted “Good Bye David Bowie, You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall.” It was the day after Bowie died. The wall they were referring to was of course, the Berlin wall. Bowie performed in...
Desis in the Grammy House!

Desis in the Grammy House!

It’s Grammys-time again and as has been for a few years now, there are a few desi names on the nominee list: Best Dance Recording, Dance/ Electronic Music Field “Don’t Let Me Down”—The Chainsmokers featuring Daya It would be hard to miss or not notice the edgy “Don’t...
The Rasa of Belonging

The Rasa of Belonging

A few days ago, the editor got me thinking about the concept of Rasa. “Entertainment is a desired effect of performance arts but not the primary goal. The primary goal is to transport the individual in the audience into another parallel reality, full of wonder, where...