Word Heritage Cultural Center is proud to present Raghav at its first annual fundraising event WORLD OF COLORS: A Universal Cultural Experience
After shifting an impressive 1.3 million copies of debut Storyteller around the globe, “crossover” artist Raghav is back to set the charts alight with his monster new single My Kinda Girl. Ragav has consistently toured worldwide and will be performing next at shows this year in Miami, Detroit, Delhi, Bombay, New York, Manchester, London and San Francisco and he’ll also be joining the Unforgettable Tour this autumn, featuring Bollywood’s biggest artists including Amitabh & Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai- Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar.
The accolades speak for themselves – he’s won a MOBO for Best Collaboration, an Asian Achievers Award, an Urban Music Award, two UK Asian Music gongs and the Southern Asian Music Award for Best Artist. Add to that the achievement of having the 6th biggest international selling album of all time in India and there’s no doubt Raghav has got the resume of a bonafide superstar.
Now Raghav’s putting the finishing touches to his second album entitled Identity, which he’s co-writing with the likes of Cutfather and Joe (Pussycat Dolls), Niara Scarlett (Sugababes, Girls Aloud and Mutya Buena), Peter Wade (JLo) Jazzwad (Damien Marley) Mushtaq and prominent Hindi producers Flavasia. Released on September 15th, it’s a fresh mix of eclectic melodies and cultural soundscapes, with a sizzling lead single that’ll undoubtedly pave the way for Raghav’s rightful return to the top. www.raghav.com
Eva has studied vocal technique in earnest since 2000 and has been under the tutelage of a number of vocal coaches. Most notably, Ulysses Slaughter, a master of jazz gracing the stages of Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Recital Hall. Also, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Cari Cole. It did not take Eva long to apply her newly honed skills to the stage. She has performed at many of New York’s notable venues from Webster Hall, CBGB’S Gallery, China Club, Babalu Theater, Anita Durst’s Chashama Theater, Spirit NYC and SHOW nightclub. She was also a cast member of the 2004 production of “Goddessdance.” A musical production with a successful run at the Director’s Company in New York City, which went on to open the 2004 BOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARDS at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.. She has also lent her voice to United Stations Radio Network, allowing her voice to be heard on radio stations throughout the United States. Eva’s experience in such a wide array of settings and styles, together with her rich musical past has cultivated Eva’s sultry blend of R&B, Soul and Jazz into a fusion of nubile sophistication and vocal freshness tempered with the relevant sounds of now.
BOLLYWOOD … BOLLYWOOD … AND BOLLYWOOD…
Is a dance Company that creates original dances reflective to the bollywood cultural landscape. With it’s energetic percussion, Naach Sensation delivers all range of performances that Bollywood has to offer. NAACH SENSATION Dance Company incorporates the technical elements of various world dances.(Indian, modern, classical..etc) for further inspiration in our choreography. We then from classical to contemporary, from bhangra to bollywood, you will find it all at this Dance company. Company is dedicated to bring a full-fledged Bollywood performance combined with colorful costumes, gracious expression and traditional props to showcase the rich and vibrant culture of bollywood that’s taking the world by storm. Along with well recognition and prestige that company has earned over the years, which rewarded us great jobs and have been professionally involved with numerous dance productions for stage and film, as well as collaborations with various celebrity artists. Known for our colorful, high energy performances, we at this dance company want to provide a creative channel within the performing arts for students and experienced performers. Let us spins you into another dimension. We thrive on excellence –www.naachsensation.com
Tina Sugandh –
Growing up in New Jersey, Tina hails from a musical family where she spent her childhood performing with her parents and sibling. The multi-talented Tina, was discovered when she was 15 by screenwriter Sean Harris, who became her creative mentor. Later she was taken under the management of Sean Sullivan, who had been working with Maxwell, John Mellencamp and Jessica Simpson and his partner Jay Jay French from Twisted Sister and Sevendust. It was under this management that Tina got a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and a Sony deal. Her other music accomplishments include performing “White Christmas” (Christmas With The Kranks Soundtrack), “T.here I.s N.o A.lternative” (Ice Princess Soundtrack), “River of Dreams” (Around The World In 80 Days Soundtrack), “Lift Off” (Raise Your Voice soundtrack), “”Break it Down (The Clique soundtrack), and “Sisters” (Theme song from the ABC sitcom “Hope And Faith” with Kelly Ripa).
This was just the beginning for the rising global pop star. She recently signed on with industry vet Jerry Blair who has been responsible for more number 1 billboard records than anyone to date. Serving as Executive Vice President of Columbia Records, Blair has been a key figure in the Latin Crossover explosion in the United States by catapulting the mainstream careers of Latin sensations Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Paulina Rubio. He has also been instrumental in the promotion campaigns for Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey (whom he would later become business partners with), Billy Joel, Destiny’s Child, The Fugees, Dido, Santana, and Usher. Blair also served as Executive Vice President of Arista Records and helped launch the careers of Pink and Sarah McLauchlan.
Tina recently won a Sony South Asian Excellence award in the Entertainment category and can be seen performing on the CW11 morning show this Friday May 15th, 2009. Other highlights include giving former Beatle Ringo Starr a “tabla lesson” when visiting his home and she is currently working on a secret project with musician and songwriter Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard, the producer of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. She also currently has a reality show on her own YouTube channel, youtube.com/tinasugandh and soon you may see her on a more wide-spread production as she just signed with Stick Figure Productions, the same company that produces Kimora Lee’s Life in the Fab Lane.
Tina has just released her debut album, “TablaGirl.” Tina says, “It’s been a long journey to release my album “TablaGirl”! The album took three years to make since I wanted to make a pop album with more of a heartfelt sound and therefore used a ton of ancient Indian instruments and flew in amazing instrumentalists! Then, of course, last year I took the entire year off to take care of my incredibly beautiful mother. This album was her dream as well, and it means the world to me to finally share it with everyone!”
Vidur Kapur –
Vidur Kapur was nominated in ‘08 for a “NewNowNext” award by MTV Network’s Logo as “Brink of Fame: Comic”. He is one of the top three booked acts on US college campuses for ‘08-’09. Vidur was selected as a New York finalist by NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” initiative and performed as part of the famous New York Comedy Festival where he was described as “A comedian to remember”. Vidur’s most recent special “One Night Stand Up” Vol. 2 is currently airing on Logo. He was listed by India Tribune as one of the “Top 31 personalities of Indian Americans” . Vidur’s insightful writing was made available to the public in ‘09 with his own chapter called “Reincarnated” in a book called “Out on The Edge: America’s Rebel Comics” by Mike Player and published by Alyson Publications. He recently toured India and was featured with a glowing review in the “People and Parties” section of Vogue India.
Vidur was selected as one of the top four Asian comics in North America to perform at the world famous “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival in Montreal in July 2006. Vidur and his stand up comedy are the subject of a short film called ³Laughing Out Loud A Comic Journey² which was shown on Steven Spielberg’s “On The Lot” on FOX television. He has co-starred with Margaret Cho in MTV LOGO’s “Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack”. Vidur was featured in a Reuters Television piece around the world on ” Prominent South Asians in the Media” He has toured internationally including Canada, India, the UK, Ireland, the Caribbean and South Africa. Vidur was one of the original “Gurus of Comedy” in a show produced in 2003 along with Russell Peters.
Nitim Mohan –
Nitim, born to an Indo-Caribbean Family. His Father was a versatile Harmonium and keyboard player in a local Band while his Mother was a Student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. At a young age, Nitim’s parents enrolled him in the public school music department as a clarinet/saxophone artist. Under the tutelage of Saxophonists Steven Muller and Yvonne Starks and Composer Berley Persia, he developed a skill for composition, improvisation and mostly, admiration for western classical and pop cultures. At the age of 8, Nitim began training in Tabla, which later led to a journey into the world of East Indian Classical Music with Sri Kinnar Kumar Seen and Smt. Parminder Seen. While still immersed in Western music, Nitim attempted to Understand the associations of these two genres of music by thinking “out of the Box.” This led to the birth of Boiler Room Music. This gave Nitim a chance to work with up-and-coming artists like himself in an effort to grow and expose themselves.
Anjela, originally born in Australia, is now a New York based recording artist, songwriter and performer. Studying ballet at the age of 4, Anjela grew up with music and performance as a major part of her life. At the age of 16 she was accepted into an Australia based Latin Dance Company, where she was introduced to rhythms and dance styles from Mexico, South America and the West Indies. This prompted her to further her dance studies in Brazil and Cuba where she continued to learn about a variety of dance styles and music rhythms. Whilst on her travels Anjela began songwriting, and eventually extended her repertoire from dancing to include singing and writing. Moving to New York in 2006, Anjela joined a Bollywood dance troupe and began to collaborate with producers on her music, eventually meeting New York based producer Jon Dasz to Record her fisrt Album ” The Tasting Menu.”
Suresh Ketwaroe –
Suresh M Ketwaroe was born and raised in Suriname – South America. For the last 15 years I have lived in Queens, New York. I am a singer, guitarist, songwriter and have shared the stage with some famous artists such as: Calypso King Mighty Sparrow, the late Bollywood playback singer Mahendra kapoor, and Shivamani, world renowned percussionist of music director A.R. Rehman (Golden Globe Award Winner for music in “Slumdog Millionaire”). I have also performed with some local artists. I took my first guitar lessons from my very good friend Pairin Kariman in Suriname. One of my other gurus is a famous keyboardist from Holland, Ronny Bhikharie. I sing in seven different languages; Hindi, English, Spanish, Dutch, Sranan Tongo (African language), Urdu and Punjabi. Yet my specialty is singing in Hindi. The styles I sing in are: Classic Rock, Soca, Reggae, Latin, Chutney, and Indian Classical. A highlight in my career was on October 12, 2008, when I got the opportunity to perform alongside Sanjaya Malakar, one of the American Idol contestants, at Cipriani in Manhattan. I got this program through a brother-like friend Kishore Seunarine. This event was one of the most memorable moments in my life. Some of the places I have performed are: Sands in Atlantic City, Hampton, City Hall, Royal Albert Hall in New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Boston, Connecticut, Amazura, and of course Cipriani. In 2004, I also performed with a hip-hop band named Tomorrowz Weaponz. Besides this, I have performed in many places in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn for different occasions. I am also known as the Indian Jimi Hendrix. This is because I play my double neck guitar with my teeth. It’s very obvious that I’m a great admirer of this legend. I have released a Hindi album (Pehla Kadam). The name of my band is Surya. Soon, I am hoping to release an original CD, which will feature a song in three different languages (Hindi, English, and Spanish).
Jacqueline Zamora’s –
Jacqueline path towards artistic expression began as a young adult. In her teens, she began her career in dance and theater as a member of a theatrical company called, FACES, performing in school throughout the North East. Shortly thereafter, Jacqueline became a back-up dancer for EddieVass, a popular singer in the New York City freestyle music movement. In 1998, Jacqueline became a principle dancer for the Julie Tolentio Dance Company that traveled toManchester,England. She danced a piece called “Mestiza, Que Bonita Ojos Tienes.” In 1999, the Julie Tolentio Dance Company went on to the Kitchen Theater in New York City where Jacqueline danced in a production called The Bottom Project. Jacqueline then went on to perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with The David Rousseve Dance Company. In 2002, she became Director of Choreography for Shaun Singh Production, “Shades of My Soul,” the first Indian Broadway Production in New York City.
Jacqueline not only lent her talent to the stage, but also to the world of fitness teaching dance Aerobics in premier health clubs throughout New York City. Jacqueline then began to share her knowledge and passion for dance with children, teaching in New York City schools. Currently, Jacqueline resides in Maryland and has since composed and recorded original material that has touched the lives of countless children. Jacqueline believes that dance is a universal language that can touch the soul of every human being
Bellydance Revolution –
Bellydance Revolution was created by instructor Kim Henry to study different styles, perform and spread the joy of dance. Our style is East Coast Tribal Fusion Bellydance, which is choreographed American Tribal Style Bellydance fused with other related dance styles including American Nightclub / Cabaret Bellydance, Indian Classical Dance / Bollywood, Flamenco and Hip Hop. We hope you enjoy our modern and playful take on bellydance! You can visit their website atwww.bellydancerevolution.com
Disturbia’s routine incorporates a little bit of Salsa, Hip Hop and Cha-cha. Unified Dance Company was founded in 2008 and is directed by Zenaida Aponte the Dance Studio is located @ 214 East 188th in the Bronx. Unified is a Team of Six dedicated dancers who love music, and the art of performing they are versitile dancers, who are always up for a challenge. You can visit their website atwww.unifieddancestudio.com
Sonali is a passionate and accomplished disciple of Bharatanatyam and a student of the renowned Professor C.V. Chandrasekhar of Chennai, India. and also receives training from Smt. Bragha Bessell, known for the art of abhinaya (expression). Noted for her clear and clean technique as well as eloquent abhinaya, Sonali has presented solo and group Bharatanatyam at major dance festivals and venues in the US and abroad, including the United Nations, Toronto International Dance Festival, the Downtown Dance Festival in NYC, the DanceNow Festival in NYC, the Asian American Dance Festival in San Francisco, CA and the Chennai Music and Dance Festival and Natyanjali Festivals in India. You can visit her website atwww.sonaliskandan.com
The IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project –
The IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project is a member of Dance Theater Workshop. We are dedicated to celebrating the cultural diversity of New York City and its inhabitants, and in doing so, we encourage people to take a stand on events happening around them. We also believe that education truly is the key for worldly accord. The IndoRican Multicultural Dance Project proudly caters to educating all children, including those with special needs utilizing space, colors, patterns, rhythms, and expressive choreography. Created by Teresa Cuevas and dancers, “Starvation” is a contemporary based work that magnifies the human spirit and how we as a collective, voluntarily and involuntarily submit ourselves to starvation- whether its physical, social, emotional, or spiritual. Moving Forward, Looking Backward, Turning Around.
Nalini Rau –
Nalini Rau is a teacher, choreographer and performer of Bharata Natyam. She established the Natya Anubhava Academy in Westchester County in 1993 and has trained over eighty dancers in the art. She has choreographed and staged innumerable individual pieces and eight dance ballets. She has performed as a dancer and as a nattuvunar in around three hundred shows, including the Chennai winter festival,the Lincoln Center, the City Hall, the Hindu Temple, museums and universities. She takes great joy in passing the knowledge of her teachers to a new generation of dancers. She addresses through poetry and dance contemporary issues such as the status of women, war, the possible transformation of bandits. She has a doctorate in Theoretical Linguistics.
Maya Rau –
Murthy has been learning Bharata Natyam for the past ten years from Nalini Rau. She has been performing since she was three. She has performed in over forty shows including Akka, the Town Hall, the Hindu Temple, and Sri Ranganatha Temple She has had lead roles in most dance productions of the dance academy. She has choreographed segments of the dance drama Govina Kate and several pure dance pieces including thillanas and pushpanjalis. She has been a student of classical Indian music, western flute and mrudangam for several years.
Latin Soul Dance Projects (L.S.D.Projects)
L.S.D. Projects is a professional Latin/Salsa dance company fusing spiced-up Latin Jazz/Ballroom technique and unique Afro-Cuban/Latin Funk style dancing in high-lifting & jaw dropping Cabaret-style choreographies.
Latin Soul Dance Projects was found in 2008 and is co-directed by Cynthia La China & Hector Pena who share the same passion for 70s classic Salsa Latin soul music. Together they fused their unique styles and individual flavors to bring to audiences sizzling dance entertainment & spellbinding Latin musical experience.
Cynthia & Hector has years of dance training and performance experiences in Argentine Tango, Ballet, Ballroom, Belly Dance, Cha Cha, Hustle, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Swing and especially NYon2 club-style Mambo. In fact, their trainers are a Who’s Who of the best Mambo/Salsa instructors in town including Eddie Torres, Duplessey Walker, Frankie Martinez, Revelation Dancers, Karisma Dance Studio, SantoRico Dance School, just to name a few.
Since the year of 2000, they have been sharing their passion for Salsa dancing to multi-genaration citizens and dedicating their energy to promote their love for classic Salsa/Latin rhythms to multi-cultural audiences. Currently they teach group classes and private lessons at Champions Studio located at 257 W.39 Street, 14/floor, NYC. For more information about their classes and uongoing dance events, please visit website www.NYSalsababy.com ~ if u can walk u can Salsababy!
Infinite Roots: Music, Art, Culture, Life. –
Infinite Roots is a business which focuses on performing arts, cultural music and art and technology. Infinite Roots programs vary in size and focuses based upon the intended clients need. Henry Jones, the founder and Lead Instructor for Infinite Roots is a gifted artist, writer and musician. Mr. Jones has over 25 years experience in the field of music, with a strong focus on cultural arts. Mr. Jones’ artwork has been on display at numerous art venues throughout the east coast. Mr. Jones is a master drummer in regard to African Drum and Dance instruction, with numerous performances throughout the east coast area. He is also under the direction and instruction of his God-Father Baba David Coleman. Baba David Coleman, a Yoruba Priest, is a world class master drummer and is also the God son of the late great Chief Bey.
Currently, Infinite Roots provides instruction to over 300 area students within the Fairfield County and Westchester county areas. Workshop programs have taken place in Albany, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, Up-state Connecticut and Atlanta Georgia. Infinite Roots is also very active within local youth based organizations and public and private schools throughout Stamford and Norwalk Connecticut.
MOONSPANK’s world is getting a whole lot bigger. So prepare to be swept away by the force of nature that is the band’s latest album, You Thought the World Was Over.
There is simply no evading a sound so big, so breathtaking that it breaks down defenses and stirs the soul. Once the hot, planet-swallowing pop on You Thought the World Was Over sinks its teeth into you, you’ll find yourself becoming one of the growing number of Moonspank converts. Moonspank’s new album reflects not only the band’s youth, but also its rich history. The band was formed in 2002 by Dave Kerry, Tony Pax and Greg Saracino. Kerry, fresh off the boat from Ireland at the time, was in search of “the Dream” and tending bar at a local watering hole in Westchester, New York, where he met Westchester denizens Saracino and Pax.
Saracino recalls, “Dave swept us off his feet with that larger than life voice of his at some open mic. That brogue didn’t hurt either! Meeting him was pure fate.”
This year marks a renaissance for the band, after constant touring, they went back in the studio and recorded You Thought the World Was Over. “We’ve always drawn from our varied background and experiences while writing songs.” Kerry says. “These songs are our best.”
And Kerry is right. The songwriting is second to none, and the production is beautifully colored with crystalline vocals, aggressive and tasteful percussion that rivals Stewart Copeland and Steve Gadd, deep bass tones that shake the room during huge emotional moments, vintage pianos and precise guitar work.
Pax says, “Fans keep telling us that the album grows taller and more spectacular with each listen. We couldn’t be happier. This is what it’s all about.”
Moonspank is supporting the release and expanding their fan base with a regular monthly gig at New York City’s famed Bitter End club. “These Bitter End shows put the band under a microscope. We know that the audience is listening and actually concentrating. It’s nerve-wracking playing on the same stage that Dylan and Hendrix once graced.” The trio performs their material with a crack group of backup musicians. “We’re lucky to be friends with some of the best musicians in New York City. It makes these high exposure shows easier.”
On paper and on disc, Moonspank delivers what fans had dared to expect and new listeners have sorely needed. But more than that, it spreads the news, from the respective hearts of Ireland and Westchester, NY, to anywhere, that music for soul, the heart and the mind still matters: Moonspank is here to stay.
Yung-li Chen –
a native of Taiwan, received her MFA degree from Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College in 2008. Upon graduation, she founded I-danse. Her choreography has performed in many venues in New York, Spain, Mexico, and Taiwan
I-danse is a new dance company, whose vision is to present life, instinct and spirit through a cultural fusion, putting more meaning behind the movement, therefore nourishing the audience’s mind, as dance is the universal language.
Ricky Blues –
On or about August 3rd, 1973; in the region of Sonsonate, El Salvador, Enrique Aparicio Campos was born. He was orphaned as a result of the harsh violence and civil uprising at that time. The infant was brought to shelter somewhere in the town of Sonsonate where at the age of two months he was adopted by an Italian-American family from New York. He was one of ten infants to be successfully relocated to the US in 1973. This miracle was made possible through a Franciscan priest from Boston who was serving the impoverished communities in that region. His name , Father Fray Flavian Mucci. For more information visit www.agape.com.sv .
Enrique was raised in Hawthorne, New York by Anna Maria and Ralph Filannino . By the age of 8 he was introduced to the guitar and began taking lessons. This would be the beginning of a long musical journey for the young man. He would also experience school musicals and dramas, a try at commercial acting as a teenager, played in the local church folk group and ultimately, the garage-band circuit in High School.
While attending college in NYC at the Cooper Union School of Art, Enrique or Rick was enamored by the local music scene and abundant street performers which Greenwich Village had to offer. It was there that he first saw live Blues performed at an open mic venue and was impacted instantly. There, he vowed to himself that he would try to learn about and become skilled enough to perform that style of music and to share his transforming experience with others.
Ricky Blues is the realization of that dream.
Currently, Ricky Blues performs with different ensembles in Westchester County. These evenings fulfill the pure passion and enjoyment of playing live and in front of audiences for the young Bluesman. These engagements are not limited only to the Blues but any style, original or not. When fully constructed, you can find out upcoming dates and other information at www.rickyblues.com
Pandit Satya Narayana Charka –
Pandit Satya Narayana Charka is Director of the East-West School of Dance in Monroe, NY.
He has studied under Pt. R.K. Shukla, Smt. Maya Rao, Pt. Shambhu Maharaj, and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Pt. Charka is recognized as one of the foremost exponents of Indian classical dance. He has presented numerous ballets and traditional Indian dance recitals both domestically and internationally. He also served as a cultural representative appointed by the Government of India in Japan, Australia and the Fiji Islands. In addition, he was selected as the premier artist in major festivals at the Sydney Opera House for four consecutive years. Over the last 25 years, he has presented numerous traditional dance recitals as well as dance dramas, bringing myth to life for today’s audiences. Since 1981, he has been the director of the East-West School of Dance , New York, based at Ananda Ashram, while expanding his teaching activities in the wider New York metropolitan area and presenting performances internationally. He is a very caring Guru and is untiring in his efforts to spread the beauty of Kathak dance.
Sanjay Parsotan –
Sanjay an inspiring and upcoming artists that is devoted to the art of music. Performed in numerous musical productions and co-creator of World Of Colors theme music, Sanjay is also the Director of Music at WHCC.
Gita Setia’s –
Gita interest in music began at a young age, influenced by her mother, a singer on All India Radio. She is a classically trained vocalist learning under Kinnar Seen at Sangeet Villas. She has recorded for an album by Adbi Sangam, and currently works at ITV as a television host for the music show, Jeet Gaye Geet.