3rd i Presents
A special talk by Robin Sukhadia on the healing power of tabla, with a live sound meditation
In this special and unique workshop focused on the tabla, Fulbright scholar, musician/composer and 3rd i alum, Robin Sukhadia, will share the history of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) on the subcontinent of India. He will also present a live tabla sound meditation to give context to the effect tabla can have on bringing peace to the body and mind.
The convergence of Persian/Islamic and Hindu cultures over centuries of time has produced a musical tradition that is full of healing power. While these cultures are in some ways diametrically opposed, they align on the importance of sound and vibration and their connection to the body and to cosmology. Listeners and practitioners today are drawn to this healing power, as Hindustani Classical continues to mesmerize listeners the world over. The primary rhythmic instrument of Hindustani classical music, the tabla, holds a special role in grounding and propelling the energy of ragas (melodic scale explorations), which are designed to provoke introspection and uplift the spirits of the listener.
A Spotify playlist has been curated by Robin to accompany the workshop.
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia studies tabla (classical north Indian drums) under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the California Institute of the Arts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. His special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. (tablapusher.com) Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa, an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Sangati Center in San Francisco.