Your Support…


RAGA : RASA is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Encinitas, California. RAGA : RASA relies on financial contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to develop and enable our programming. Please consider a gift no matter how large or small to support our programs. Your gift makes a huge difference.


Friends  $49 – $449    Sponsors  $450 – $2,499


Patrons  $2,500 – $4,999    Artist’s Circle $5,000 – $9,999


Producers’ Circle  $10,000 – 24,999  


Visionaries $25,000 upwards


* All supporters will be recognized in all our publications


PLEASE use link below or make checks payable to RAGA RASA


P.O. Box 1292
Cardiff, CA 92007





About the Board


Kartik Seshadri: Founder, Artistic Director / Advisor to the Board, RAGA : RASA

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Sarah Hardwick

Sarah Hardwick is the founder and CEO of Zenzi. Her high energy and passion have fueled the company’s growth from its inception in 2002 into an award-winning communications firm. She combines proven strategies with new tactics from cause marketing to crowdsourcing. Under her leadership, Zenzi has successfully increased awareness and inspired business results for clients including Nestle, Chiquita, Hilton, Shea Homes, Keep a Breast Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, TechCocktail, TEDx and more. Sarah has been quoted in industry publications such as PR Week and awarded Best Communications Campaign, Best Young Entrepreneur and one of the city’s Most Admired CEOs. You can follow her on Twitter@SarahZ or visit


Ashvani Singh

Ashvani Singh from San Diego, California, is a research scientist at a pharmaceutical company, and holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Medicinal Chemistry.  He has published several research papers and holds several US patents in the Drug Discovery field.  He was part of the team that recently got FDA approval and successfully launched the first Cystic Fibrosis drug that treats the basic symptoms of the disease.  He was born and brought up in the historical city of Lucknow, a North Indian city known for its Lucknow gharana of Kathak dance and North Indian classical music.  He is an avid lover and listener of most of Indian classical, light Indian classical music as well as Western Rock and Blues music.


Penelope Custer 

was educated at The Putney School, College Cevenol, Columbia University, Oxford University, LAMDA, The New School and NYU/SCPS. As long-time disciple of Kartik Seshadri, Penelope first discovered the bliss of “Nada Brahma” (Sound is God) at the maestro’s performance at Asia Society in 1997. The event changed her life forever. Traveling across the U.S. and Canada for his concerts, she has had the rare privilege of accompanying him on tanpura and in 2002 began the studying the sitar.  Besides her interest in music, Penelope has also written a book of poetry, written and directed two short films, and has taught writing and art to children and teenagers. She has also studied piano, violin, flute, theory and harmony, sang in the Choral Society at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. RAGA : RASA is the vehicle through which Penelope hopes to fulfill her promise to Pablo Casals “to dedicate her life to music.”


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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.


Raga Rasa Past/Present

A relatively new organization, in the past three years, Raga Rasa has been fulfilling its mission through exciting concerts, outreach work and intensive musical workshops.


This year Raga Rasa aims to continue and expand its work – please check here regularly for Concert updates, Outreach and Intensive Master Classes.

A selection of events and education programs already hosted by Raga Rasa: 
Legend of the Sarode – Sufi Aashish Khan


Khayal: Indrani Mukherjee
Benefit Concert for Ada Harris Elementary School Band Program
In partnership with IFAASD vocal khayal recital by Parthasarathy Desikan


Dhrupad vocal music: Aliya Rashid and Amita Sinha Mahopatra


Outreach – Fallbrook elementary school district
Elementary School workshops with Grade 3,4,5,6, kids
Ada Harris Elementary School – band program students’ workshop


Music Master-classes with Kartik Seshadri – Spring and Summer 3 day intensives


We welcome ideas for outreach projects please do contact us to discuss further.


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