Sunday 8 March 07:00pm

Women's Raga Massive: Legacies

6pm doors • 7pm show


Hailed as “leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by the New Yorker and praised by the New York Times for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit,” Brooklyn Raga Massive is a prolific artist collective promoting cross-cultural understanding through Indian classical and Raga-inspired music. Women’s Raga Massive (WRM), an offshoot of Brooklyn Raga Massive, highlights the diverse creative work of female-identified artists, using the Indian classical music tradition as a framework to improvise and draw together influences from the diverse cultures of Brooklyn.

WRM presents a special evening of poetry, narrative, and sound on International Women’s Day. First, poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem reads from her book City of Pearls over a responsive sonic landscape improvised by tabla player Roshni Samlal and cellist Amali Premawardhana. Then, Kavita Das, author of Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, and the members of the all-women STARR Ensemble — whose music blends Indian classical, jazz, Western classical, and bluegrass — present Lakshmi Shankar: A Musical Evolution in One Night, a multimedia tribute to the Hindustani singer who helped bring Indian music to the West.

Join them for a showcase of the vast diasporic multiplicity within the identity of the Indian woman.