~ The Gundecha Brothers ~

RAGA RASA Presents

 A Pristine Evening of





WHEN ~ Sunday 18 May 2014  @ 7 pm

WHERE ~ Concert Room, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas

TICKETS ~  General Admission            $20 / On the door $25

                        Seniors & Students             $10 / On the door $15

                        Children Under 12 – FREE



~ A Special Evening ~ 9 November ~

 Kartik Seshadri ~ In Dialogue ~

accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on Tabla

Maestros of Indian Classical Music in a short performance, lecture and audience Q & A




WHEN:     Saturday 9 November 2013 @ 7pm


WHERE:   Concert Hall, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas 92024

TICKETS:    Click   HERE

For Further Information:

email: music@ragarasa.org

phone: +1 760 753 2860     +1 760 402 9462

~ An Evening of Khayal of the Agra Gharana ~

               A Vocal Recital by the talented

                   Sanjukta Biswas

                     accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on tabla


WHEN: Sunday 20th October 2013 from 7 – 9 pm

WHERE: Encinitas Library Concert Hall

Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive

Encinitas 92024

(Free Parking)

TICKETS: $20 general adult admission / $25 at the door

$10 seniors / students / children over 12

FREE – children under 12

INFO: For tickets click   HERE     OR

Call: +1 760 753 2860   +1 760 402 9462

Email: music@ragarasa.org

Shrinivas Joshi in an evening of Khyal

Shrinivas Joshi

~ son of legendary Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (1922 – 2011) ~

~ A Continuing  Legacy of Hindustani Vocal Music ~


~ Plus a Special Film on Bharat Rathna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ~

Shrinivas Joshi – Vocal

Prashant Pandav – Tabla


Avinash Dighe – Harmonium


WHEN:              Friday 21 June


WHERE:            Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas 92024 (Free Parking)


TICKETS:          $25 general adult admission / $30 on the door

                         $15 seniors/students/children over 12

                         FREE children under 12



INFO:          For tickets:        click HERE  OR
visit: www.ragarasa.org  OR
call:  +1.760.753.2860   OR
email: music@ragarasa.org


Doors will open at 6:30 pmRefreshments served

All ticket sales are noted as donations and are tax deductible and a printed receipt is issued on ticket purchase.


Riśtā ~ (kinship) ~ a meeting of acclaimed maestros of Indian and Persian Classical Music


Kartik Seshadri ~ Sitar
Kayhan Kalhor ~ Kamancheh
Arup Chattopadhyay ~  Tabla 



This is a unique benefit concert in partnership with CRY America to raise funds for the Stay In School Girl Child Campaign.

All ticket sales are noted as donations and are tax deductible and a printed receipt is issued on ticket purchase.


WHEN: Saturday April 6th from 7 – 10 pm

WHERE: Irwin Jacobs Qualcomm Auditorium, 5775 Morehouse   Drive, Sorrento Valley, San Diego



$50 general admission
$20  students/seniors/children over 12
Free – children under 12



For tickets: click HERE  OR
visit: www.ragarasa.org  OR
call:  +1.760.753.2860   OR
email: music@ragarasa.org


Doors will open at 6:30 pm


Kartik Seshadri ~ Sitar

Contact Us 



1.760.753.2860  OR



Kayhan Kalhor ~ Kamancheh




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Arup Chattopadhyay ~ Tabla

Raga Rasa & Cry Press Release

- a collaboration premised on Kartik Seshadri’s guiding philosophy that “Music is one of the most powerful mediums for social empowerment and change”


February 12, 2013 (San Diego, CA)– Raga Rasa, the Kartik Seshadri Center for Indian Classical Music, today announced its collaboration with CRY America on a campaign to raise awareness for children’s rights. The nonprofit organizations will work together on a series of concerts and outreach events beginning on February 12 with the launch of CRY’s “Stay In School- Girl Child Campaign.”


Stay In School – Girl Child Campaign


The “Stay In School – Girl Child Campaign” will be a springboard for Raga Rasa
and CRY America to collectively widen their reach to audiences who may not be
aware of these issues. Planning is underway for events ranging from a benefit
concert at Qualcomm headquarters to a city-wide CRY Walk later in the year.
CRY America believes that when a girl child gets the opportunity to go to school
and remain in school, she sets off a cycle of positive change. Educated girls grow
up to be empowered women, they make better care givers for their own children
and influence the communities they live in.


“The situation of the girl child in India needs urgent attention. We believe the
partnership with Raga Rasa will help create awareness about these issues and
raise valuable funds, which will bring lasting change to the lives of thousands of
underprivileged children in India,” said Monica Kharkar of CRY America.
For Kartik Seshadri, renowned sitarist and founder of Raga Rasa, this goal is
closely aligned with his personal belief in the role of music and education to
empower social change. “Using music as the medium, we can push boundaries,
encourage dialogues and begin to address some of these problems at a
grassroots level.”


About Raga Rasa:


RAGA : RASA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to the tradition of
Indian Classical Music. The organization seeks to foster a deeper understanding
of Indian Classical Music and reach beyond to other traditions of music
throughout the world through performances, workshops, collaborations,
education and outreach projects.


RAGA : RASA – is the brainchild of world renowned Indian classical musician,
composer and educator: Kartik Seshadri.


RAGA : RASA: has a very strong social leaning rooted in the idea of Music as a powerful medium for creating Social Change and Empowerment. To that extent,
the organization’s vision ranges from proactively engaging with children through
outreach and educational projects that have been clearly proven to enhance
children’s overall developmental capabilities to participating with organizations
that are actively engaged in children’s social causes where music can be used a
powerful medium to negotiate social empowerment and change.


Visit www.ragarasa.org


About CRY America:
CRY America is a 501c3 non-profit organization driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. Our work in restoring the rights of underprivileged children ranges from making public schools function better, ensuring health care becomes a reality, helping families sustain livelihoods, addressing the issue of child labor, preventing child marriage and giving girls equal opportunities. For more information about CRY America and the “Stay in School- Girl Child Campaign.”


Visit www.cryamerica.org

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Tribute: 2013

Tribute: 2013 will be a year of tribute to musical legend and Kartik Seshadri’s Guru Pandit Ravi Shankar. The homage also extends to the larger legacy of the Maihar Gharana (founded by Aacharya Allauding Khan) and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Seshadri’s tribute began with concerts for IOS Festival, Kolkata, Sangeeth Nataka Academy and SAPTAK festivals in Ahmedabad and culminated in the prestigious Doverlane Festival, Kolkata.



Kartik Seshadri – Raga Malgunji (Arup Chattopadhyay tabla)





Legend of Sarode~Sufi Aashihs Khan





Philip Glass & Pt Ravi Shankar & Kartik Seshadri





Kartik Seshadri ~ Sitar Virtuoso ~ interview with Renee Lobo – Part 1 and 2






Indian Classical Music


Indian classical music known as Raga Sangeeth, is an improvised art form based on the concepts of Raga and Tala. The historical origins of this spiritual musical tradition date back to the sacred Hindu scriptures known as Veda(s), which were the early precursors to the system of music that developed gradually. Raga(s) are the tonal idiom for improvisation and these precise melodic forms while essentially modal in structure, acquire their distinct musical identities from a complex range of factors: the Indian tonal system of perceiving the octave as 22 microtonal divisions (Sruti); the subtle nuances, inflections, and ornamentations associated with each Raga; and the particular emphasis of certain notes (Vadi, Samavadi) within the specific ascending and descending (Arohana and Avarohana) movement of each Raga. While allRaga(s) are specific to the time of the day (morning, evening or night) some Raga(s) are performed only during certain seasons, festivals or special occasions. The melodic and rhythmic aspect of our tradition is completely consistent with our aesthetic and philosophical idea that each Raga expresses a single dominant mood (Rasa). The nine Rasa(s) associated with our music are: Shringara (sensuous or erotic), Hasya (humorous), Karuna (pathos), Rudra(anger), Veera ( heroic), Bhayanaka (fearful), Vibhatsa (disgust), Adbhuta (wonderment) andShanta (tranquility).


The second aspect of improvisation in Indian classical music pertains to the concept of rhythm known as Tala. Tala is conceptualized in cycles of beats ranging anywhere from a three beat cycle to a 108 beat cycle. There are other complex cycles in fractional beats such as 41⁄2, 61⁄2, 111⁄2 to mention a few, that make for complicated improvisations. An accomplished musician of Indian classical music has to develop complete mastery and facility over both Raga and Talato acquire the total freedom of improvisation within the complex constraints that Raga andTala impose on the performer. Indian classical music is predominantly steeped in melody and rhythm as opposed to the ideas of contrast manifested in harmony, counterpoint and modulation which shape traditions such as European art music or Jazz. The challenge of our music lies in the musician’s ability to shape and develop an entire musical edifice of a Ragaand to express its fullest depth and excitement. This is acquired through many years of Talim(training) with a master musician (Guru).


A typical performance of instrumental Indian classical music begins with Alap, Jor and Jhalarendered on the solo instrument such as Sitar, Sarod, etc. While the Alap is a slow, spiritual, non- metric rendition of the Raga, the following sections Jor and Jhala are somewhat free and bound to a more defined pulse. The Gat (theme) follows the previous sections and it is in this section that the concept of Tala is introduced and the accompanying percussion instrument (such as Tabla or Pakhawaj) joins the main instrument.


Sitar: the Sitar is one of the most popular stringed instruments of northern and eastern India and has gained much attention in the West during the last few decades. The instrument usually consists of 20 strings of which seven strings constitute as the main playing strings. There are 13 sympathetic strings that respond in sympathy to the main strings. The instrument also has a track of twenty metal frets that are movable and can be tuned to the specific tonality of each raga. The main facet of the instrument is that the strings can be pulled or stretched over the metal frets to obtain gliding and melismatic effects much in keeping with the ideal of Indian music to emulate the human voice.


Tabla: The Tabla is a two piece drum referred to as Tabla for the right-handed drum and Bayanfor the left-handed drum. The Tabla (right-hand) is a pitch specific drum tuned to the main tonic note of the performer. The Bayan is a bass drum which can produce a variety of sounds by exerting presssure on the skin of the instrument. The instrument is tuned with a metal hammer.


Tambura: This background instrument also referred to as Tanpura is used to lend a drone or continuo effect for the performer and listener alike. The instrument usually consists of 4 to 5 strings and is tuned to the main notes of the Raga.