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Ragini Festival Pop Up

Jul 12
Rubin Museum

The Ragini Festival makes a mini comeback this summer with two exciting events at Rubin Museum!

A Live Music Performance at the Rubin Theatre | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Ticketed Event

Join us for a live musical performance on the Rubin stage by a trio of musicians in collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive, presenting sonic convergences and diasporic detours from regions along the silk road- from Mongolia to South Asia. Folk and traditional lineages converse through a shared study of Indian classical raga, folklore and electronic/contemporary influences from the musical mecca of NY. Featuring classical tabla, sarod/guitar and vocals, this set promises to conjure a re- imagined metropolis that colors your mind with indian raga and Mongolian dream-scapes.

About the Artists

Roshni Samlal is a New York-based tabla player, DJ, producer, curator and poet of Trinidadian descent. As a classically trained tabla artist, Roshni performs traditional tabla solos, South Asian classical accompaniment, jazz and chamber composition. She also uses electronic music production and poetry as contexts to reframe the tabla solo within an experimental narrative lens. She is the lead curator and producer of the Ragini Festival which focuses on spotlighting the work of artists engaged in traditional folk and innovative arts within the further reaches of the South Asian diaspora, focusing on Indo-Caribbean heritage. Her DJ sets are rooted in her diasporic heritage as a Trinidadian immigrant during the 90’s, Global club, Bollywood, Chutney, Soca, Electronics, Dancehall and Dub. Her work has been supported and showcased at GlobalFest, Ragas Live Festival, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, True/False Film Festival, Brookfield Place, Rubin Museum, Accordions of the World Festival, Joe’s Pub(Working Group Member 2022-2023), New Music USA, Pioneer Works and Brooklyn Museum. 

Camila Celin began playing guitar at age nine. For several years, she has been doing intensive studies in the Indian sarod, in Kolkata with sarod player Sougata Roy Choudhury and in New York with sitar maestro Pandit Krishna Bhatt. In 2009 she was nominated for a Grammy for best world music album in collaboration with slide guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya. She has been an active performer in her native Colombia, the U.S. and India. Camila has composed music for several films, for theater as well as for commercials and lives between New York City and Kolkata, India.

Inana Lu Rose, formerly known as Uyanga Bold, is a unique singer with a rare blend of resonance strategies, seamlessly incorporating “open throat singing” of Mongolian urtiin duu and Balkan female folk singers, alongside operatic bel canto elegance, and shamanic throat singing. Her rich palette of melismatic colors and ornaments from global traditions are rooted in a lifetime of rigorous training and practice. Inana's research has led her from the Amazonian rainforests to learning from Hindustani classical masters, professionally exploring and stretching the possibilities of the human voice. Hailing from Mongolia, the singer is featured in Disney’s remake of Mulan, as well as in the Avatar and Spider-Man franchises. Forbes says “her voice harkens back to ancient civilizations,” and she has been nominated as “Female Singer of the Year.” She has appeared internationally on television, radio, and in live performances, reaching over 40 million views across all platforms.

K2 Friday Night at Rubin Museum | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Free for all!

Rubin Museum transforms its galleries into sonically Re-imagined spaces, activated  by the sounds of Ragini Festival- transmitting pop, folk & electronic sounds of the South Asian diaspora throughout the floors of the museum in a special museum-wide dance or deep listening party. A night curated by tabla player,  Ragini Festival producer/DJ Roshni Samlal, broadcasting sounds from the far reaches of the diaspora - with DJ sets stationed throughout the museum and a special ticketed live music collaboration in the Rubin Museum Theater at 7 pm  by Mongolian singer Inana Rose, sarod player, Camila Celin & others. Explore all the galleries, grab a cocktail at Cafe Serai and meet us in the theater  to find meeting points of South Asian classical music, Mongolian shamanistic vocal traditions, Bollywood, Chutney and soca.About

About the Artists

Zara Dekho is a DJ and curator based in Brooklyn, raised in Karachi. She is the co-runner of Brooklyn party and label, Rare Frequency Transmissions and more recently co-founded Tarka, a project and event series celebrating the diaspora through food, music, performances, and arts. Zara Dekho’s sets exhibit a versatility impacted by time and space, spanning genres such as house, techno, bass, electro while paying homage to sounds of her South Asian roots.

offering rain, of the Disco Auntie collective seeks to be of service to spirit, harmony and joy. offering rain infuses playful sounds from various genres and pairs them with poetic lyricism to create a raw, dynamic and innovative approach to music making and story-telling. As a multicultural 1st generation artist born and raised in New York / Lenape Land, they create a genreless experience by pulling from their Indian and Ecuadorian roots and tying them to the remix, fusion and culture of NYC. Using dub, reggaeton, soul, techno and bollywood styles, offering rain tells an authentic story of their experience in New York and of the world.