An Afternoon of Extraordinary Indian Classical Music is Planned

Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 4:56 AM

Left to Right: Rajib Karmakar, Raaginder Momi, Pankaj Mishra, Neel Agrawal

The Los Angeles International Music and Arts (LAIMA) Academy is sponsoring Heritage 2019, an afternoon of extraordinary Indian classical music taking place on Sunday, September 29, at the Ahia Center for Spiritual Living, at 150 N. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.

Heritage 2019 brings together the most talented Indian classical musicians to research, teach, and grow Indian music and arts and other forms of world music. The concert will include performances by LAIMA Academy students, faculty, and guest artists, including maestro Raaginder Momi, Javad Butah, Pankaj Mishra and others.

LAIMA academy, founded in 2015, is LA’s home to Indian classical music. With a world-renowned faculty, the academy cultivates artists in the musical traditions of India, and gives students the opportunity to study musical forms from around the globe.

Students of all ages are taught the techniques, skills, and concepts to excel in their respective performing arts. Aside from individual, group and online lessons, students are encouraged to collaborate with one another, and each year are given the opportunity to perform in concerts hosted by the academy.

LAIMA Academy offers classes in vocals and songwriting, sitar, tabla, guitar, drums and violin. Classes may be individuals or groups with online classes available. The academy teaches classes in Burbank, Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita, Cerritos, Redland, Echo Park, and Downtown LA.

A statement on the LAIMA website says the academy gives talented young musicians the opportunity to work intensively on new creative ideas, “in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking through various performances and workshops.”

Students become part of a growing network of peers and collaborators to support their life-long musical journey, the statement said.

Among the performers playing at Heritage 2019 are Raaginder Momi, a violinist and music composer from the San Francisco Bay Area; Pankaj Mishra, who performs as a solo artist and accompanist at several events in India and internationally; Javad Butah, a disciple of world-renowned Tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, one of the finest Tabla artists alive today; Neel Agrawal, a multi-percussionist incorporating various styles of world percussion into his own unique musical voice; and Rajib Karmakar, a Los Angeles-based performance artist, composer and educator who’s currently LAIMA director.

The music begins at 4 p.m. With an opening group song by LAIMA Academy students.

Tickets are $35 online and $40 at the door.

For more information, call (661) 888-5196 or visit

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