Anna is the owner of Matriark Foods. Matriark Foods transforms farm surplus and fresh-cut remnants into healthy, delicious, low sodium vegetable products for schools, hospitals, food banks and other foodservice. She was also the Executive Director for the Sylvia Center and has worked as a political speechwriter and community organizer in New York City. Prior positions include deputy director for education, programs, and public affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery (2003-2008), and director of writing services for the Museum of Modern Art (1997-2002). She has published numerous articles and essays, directed over a dozen public art projects, and co-written a nonfiction children’s book about a community project intended to integrate children with diverse backgrounds in a neighborhood in the South Bronx.
Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, educator and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. His music is rooted in his lifelong training of South Indian Carnatic music and influenced by his various musical interests growing up in New Jersey. Arun is a disciple of the celebrated violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, the distinguished violinist Sri. Ananthakrishnan as well as many early years with western classical violinist Jim Mate. Arun is also a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive. He also created the popular concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to Carnatic classical repertoire and features Arun's original composition work.
Sameer Gupta is an accomplished musician and is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. Sameer is also a co-founder of collective Brooklyn Raga Massive. He has performed at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Center in NYC, Birla Auditorium Kolkata, Townhall Seattle, SFJAZZ, Nehru Centre London, NYC MoMA and Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco. Sameer is originally a jazz drummer learning from his peers in San Francisco and Harlem NYC. His own interests and love of tabla brought him to the great maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee, of whom he is now a dedicated disciple, though his first few years were spent under the guidance of Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Today he lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is actively involved in performing, curating, producing and teaching through various institutions including the Outside (In)dia Series presented by India Center Foundation, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters and Ragas Live Festival.
Neel Murgai is a sitarist, overtone singer, percussionist, composer and teacher. He is also a co-founder and current Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Neel's music ranges from Indian classical to original compositions and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations with influences spanning the globe. Neel has worked with a diverse array of artists and ensembles, including Bill T. Jones, Adam Rudolph, Andre DeShields, Wyclef Jean, Cyndi Lauper, Karsh Kale, Samir Chatterjee, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Bernard Romain, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Haunted House and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to the David Letterman Show to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others.
Seema Lisa Pandya
Seema is a versatile visual artist, educator and sustainability green building consultant, and a community builder. She was co-owner of Revoluciones Art Collective in Denver Colorado from 1998 - 2009, and was the past Executive Director for Brooklyn Raga Massive. She currently teaches sustainability courses to graduate and undergraduate student at NYSID and FIT SUNY. Her fine art has been shown at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Pioneer Works, and a variety of other venues in the tri-state area.