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Praveen Kumar – Bharatnatyam with Live Orchestra (Dhvani)

P Praveen Kumar is one of India's leading exponents of the traditional Bharatanatyam dance form. He has received numerous awards and has performed at many national and international art festivals. He will present a traditional Margam performance with a talented orchestra.

Praveen Kumar - Dancer
Smt. Krupaa Lakshmi - vocals
Barghav Hariharan - vocals
Umesh Venkatesan - nattuvangam
Ethirajan Ramanujan - mridangam (drum)
Visveshwar N - Bamboo Flute

Paisha Thomas

Paisha Thomas is an American singer/songwriter who commands attention from the moment she takes the stage. Equally at home singing Soul, Gospel, R&B, she creates music about love, self-discovery, and the condition of the world.

Paisha released her first album in 2016, which drew immediate praise from critics and fans alike, and she frequently collaborates with Counterfeit Madison, Scott Woods (Holler & Streetlight Guild), and many others on a variety of engaging projects, including the ongoing “Say it Loud Columbus”, featuring compelling original protest music.

A descendant of the Randolph Freed People - a group of 383 freed slaves who traveled by foot from Roanoke, Virginia to their promised land in Ohio in 1846 only to be met by violent white mobs. Their land was seized and sold from under them – they scattered throughout Ohio. Paisha's music preserves not only her family history but sings to the current social and racial injustices in our country.

Paisha's performances seek to inform and inspire. To ask the question - When will we overcome? And present a call to action to the audience, bringing them into the movement.

In response to ongoing police violence in 2020, Paisha organized a collective of musicians to perform at protests around central Ohio – Say it Loud Columbus. The performers not only appeared on street corners, at vigils and in front of the Statehouse, they also recorded and released an album of original songs – Music for the Movement Vol.1.

Paisha uses music to educate, heal and unite. Her songs capture both the struggle and pride of being Black in America.
Paisha Thomas and the Soul Strings Band guide the audience on a music history journey of Black people’s contributions to Americana music.

$30

Edmar Castañeda (Cultural Connections)

Upon arriving in the United States in 1994, Colombian-born Edmar Castañeda has made a name for himself as the preeminent jazz harp virtuoso. Castañeda brings forth a brilliance that beautifully merges the jazz tradition with a diverse set of styles and genres while bringing unbridled attention to a somewhat unfamiliar instrument: the harp. Singlehandedly, Castañeda has cemented the harp’s place in jazz with innovative technique and heartfelt creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations with music titans such as Wynyton Marsalis, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Ricki Lee Jones, Hiromi, Pedrito Martinez, Marcus Miller, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ivan Lins, The Yellowjackets, Paco De Lucia, and Paquito D’Rivera....

$10 – $30

Jim & Susie Malcolm

For the past 30 years and more, Jim Malcolm has been the ultimate Scots troubadour, taking the traditional songs of Scotland and his own prizewinning compositions to all corners of the UK and around almost every state in the USA. His voice is one of the finest in Scotland, and his mellifluous guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment. He plays mouthorgan to a standard you’ll rarely hear. In recent years his wife Susie has flown the empty nest to join him in concert. An award-winning traditional singer herself, Susie sings songs from the North East of Scotland and has a penchant for ancient ballads. They have three CDs as a duo and together they offer a concert of harmonies and humour - tales from the road, the riverside and from the home front, and are not to be missed.

$10 – $30

Mahana (Cultural Connections)

Mahana Productions is a Polynesian dance group founded in 2015. The goal of our group is to perpetuate the Polynesian culture through the songs and dances of the South Pacific. We bring the Aloha spirit and provide educational opportunities for our community. Mahana Productions currently practices and performs dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood (Exhibition on Screen)

Heir to Velázquez, a hero to Picasso. Discover Spain’s celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s must-see exhibition Goya: The Portraits.

Francisco Goya is Spain’s most celebrated artist and considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he is a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence.

Goya takes the genre of portraiture to new heights and his genius is reappraised in a much-anticipated landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London.

$12 – $15

100 Strings: An instrumental extravaganza from India (Dhvani)

The name of the tour: One Hundred Strings: The Saraswathi veena has 7 strings and the special Santoor that will be played in this tour has 93 strings. Hence the name (93 plus 7).

About the Saraswathi veena:
The Saraswathi veena is considered one of the most ancient instruments from Asia. Some historians date it back to 5000 years; Others say 2000 + years which is the age of the musical genre Carnatic Music - the classical music of South India. It is revered as the National Instrument of India and is so named as the Goddess of Arts, Culture and Wisdom, Saraswathi, holds this instrument in her hand symbolizing all that She Stands For.

About the Santoor:
Santoor is a string instrument that belongs to the Hindustani, North Indian Classical music of India. The original name of this instrument was Shata-tantri Veena which in Sanskrit language means another kind of Veena many times with100 Strings-for this tour the santoor being used is a custom instrument with 93 strings. The name of the  instrument has its origins in the Persian language that came to India through the arrival of that culture in India.

The artists:
Nirmala Rajasekar - Saraswathi Veena
Sandip Chatterjee - Santoor
Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi - Mridangam drum
Ramdas Palsule - Tabla drums

Mad, Mad Men – Swingin’ Holiday Show 2024

Playing hits from the Great American Songbook as well as Holiday faves from the early 1960’s, these talented and seasoned members of the well known “Phil Dirt and the Dozers” band are sure to turn out another memorable show! Come enjoy the season and let the music take you back to a simpler time in America… of sharkskin suits, polaroid cameras and the whiskey sour… a time when every AM car radio played the tunes that would become the “Baby-Boomer” hits of today by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat Cole and more.

$35

Mad, Mad Men – Swingin’ Holiday Show 2024

Playing hits from the Great American Songbook as well as Holiday faves from the early 1960’s, these talented and seasoned members of the well known “Phil Dirt and the Dozers” band are sure to turn out another memorable show! Come enjoy the season and let the music take you back to a simpler time in America… of sharkskin suits, polaroid cameras and the whiskey sour… a time when every AM car radio played the tunes that would become the “Baby-Boomer” hits of today by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat Cole and more.

$35
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