Here is a look at some of the stand out moments from 2013 for Taalim (in no particular order).
Highlight 1 | Female Tabla taking over
Taalika – Women of Tabla on the front page of India Abroad.
Faculty member Mike Lukshis first FULL tour as a member of Pt Divyang Vakil’s Tālavya in the spring of 2013. These are just some of the shows they played.
3) Highlight 3 | Student Recitals
Our first ever student recital in NYC. Held on Guru Purnima this past summer. This particular recital has significance, but really it is representative of all the the recitals we had this past year – recitals are gatherings of our community, celebrations of our student’s dedication, and moments to share and cherish afterwards.
Highlight 4 | House Concerts
Filling our space with beautiful music. Taalim hosted concerts by artists such as Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury (on sitar) and folk artist Shri Lakha Khan on sarangi. Very short clip of sitar concert: http://instagram.com/p/ejLJYYwVaz/
Highlight 5| Pradhanica Debut / New York Times Review
This summer we debut a brand new production / ensemble – Pradhanica. Composed by Guruji (Pandit Divyang Vakil), choregraphed and danced by Jin Won, this Kathak and World Drum ensemble kicked it off with a bang. Their debut performance in NYC as part of the Drive East Festival garnered a fantastic review in the The New York Times! Congratulations to entire team which includes Mike Lukshis on tabla, Kaumil Shah on djembe, and Vincent Smith on cajon. Highlight video from the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vscYyrFLJX4
Highlight 6 | Student Ensembles Taking Over!!
Not only was our faculty gaining acclaim with performances across the country, but our students were also spreading the joy of tabla far and wide with performances in CT, NY, NJ, and PA. They received thunderous applause and inspired many to start taking tabla classes.
Watch our junior tabla trio here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjiXFaVfuTw
We’re proud of our students and are looking forward to the next step in this direction with our youth ensemble coupling community service work with their tabla playing to create cultural exchange.
Highlight 7 | Tabla Camp
One of the highlights of our summer is always tabla camp. Growing bigger and bigger each year, this year, we had loads of fun in not one, but two camps – one in New Jersey and one in Long Island. Camp activities include intense group practices, yoga, outdoor games, workshops on tabla repair and history, audio and video listening and viewing sessions, and of course lots of food
Highlight 8 | New audiences
This year, our faculty was busier than ever before performing Indian dance and music, including performances for WKCR-FM 24 hour Indian music festival, shows in Waterloo and Seattle, and more. The summer was filled with sunset concerts (couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting) and lots of new audiences.
Highlight 9 | Taalim at PASIC13
Taalim hosted the first ever tabla focused booth at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention – a larger than life gathering of percussionists. The booth was a hit and Talavya blew people away. A successful first endeavor we think. Here’s a highlight video from Talavya’s performance, which of course features two of our faculty members – Mike Lukshis and Kaumil Shah.
Highlight 10 | Community
YOU make Taalim possible. As we step forward, we do so with the support of the amazing community that is Taalim. In 2013 our community grew and we want to continue to cultivate this community as we progress in 2014.
Highlight 11 | Guruji’s Presence and Inspiration
Taalim School of Indian Music would not exist without our guide and guru – Pandit Divyang Vakil. In 2013, we were privileged to spend lots of quality time with him, to learn from him, and be inspired by him. In 2013, he composed our newest production – Pradhanica, spent time with students both young and old, taught workshops, and more. We look forward to many more of these moments in 2014.