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Three young tabla students of Shankh Lahiri, director of Shruti School of Music, presented their ‘Manch Pravesh’ concert July 20 at HCC Brandon in Tampa. Suraj Majethia, Ishan Rele and Kevin Sahadeo have been learning tabla from Lahiri for nearly a decade.

The ‘Manch Pravesh’ concert is a prestigious event, an opportunity that comes after many years of dedicated practice. The guru officially selects and prepares the chosen disciples to present their dedication of “Sadhana” (practice). The event signifies the first official stage appearance for the performer in a proper concert ambiance with the formal blessings of the guru. The guru and students pledge to take the musical journey to the next level in a committed and responsible way.

“On the behalf of Shruti School of Music, I would love to congratulate Ishan, Kevin and Suraj for their wonderful ‘Manch Pravesh,’ ” said guru Lahiri. “It was a proud moment and personal to me as a guru or teacher to see them to grow amazingly in the last nine years. They are totally capable of taking this beautiful music and culture to the next level and inspire our younger generation in future.”

SHRUTI SCHOOL OF MUSIC Majethia, who also plays the drum set, will be a freshman at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Rele, who will be a senior at Middleton Magnet High School, began learning tabla 12 years ago. And Sahadeo, who can also sing and play the harmonium, will be a freshman at University of South Florida Honors College. The three have performed together at many Shruti School of Music recitals over the years.

Accompanying the trio were musicians Don Soledad on flamenco guitar, Seth Lynn on harp and bass, and Parth Kulkarni on harmonium. Dr. Kanada Narahari was emcee.


TAD BHARATHAMOn Aug. 11, the Association of Performing Arts of India will present the award-winning Abhinava Dance Company ( to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The “Tad Bharatham – That is India” performance by the renowned 10-member dance company is its Florida premiere.

Under the creative leadership of Nirupama Rajendra and T.D. Rajendra, Abhinava offers a blend of traditional Indian and modern dance. The audience will witness highly cherished aspects of India and her glorious culture that has spread globally over almost 10 millennia. Here, the nature, culture, customs and achievements of India will be presented in an aesthetic and entertaining manner offering a lasting experience of beauty, well-rooted in truth. TAD BHARATHAMAncient scriptures have visualized India as a culture that spread its joy between the mighty Himalayas and the deep oceans. So, here the production is presented as a conversation between the Himalaya and the ocean.

The 6 p.m. performance will be at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are $35 to $125. Purchase online at or call (954) 344-5990.

4th Annual Tampa Bay Indian & world music Festival SEPT. 7

Shruti Tampa Bay Indian & World Music FestivalShruti Foundation will present its fourth annual Tampa Bay Indian & World Music Festival on Sept. 7 at the HCC Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive. The daylong, family-friendly event will showcase musicians and dancers from India, Africa and Spain.

The festival features Abhik Mukherjee and K.V. Mahabala on sitar, African Kora artist Morikeba Kouyate, vocalists Samarth Nagarkar, flamenco guitarist Don Soledad and flamenco dancer Tammy Miller, Jay Gandhi on bansuri flute, Shankh Lahiri and Shouri Lahiri on tabla and Anindita Nanda performing an Odissi dance. It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. (doors open at 12:45) and Indian food/world cultural merchandise vendors will be available.

General admission is $35, VIP $60, and kids 12 and under and students with ID are $20. Early bird discount tickets are available For more Information, call (813) 549-9288.


DJ RekhaTurn up those end of summer vibes at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Sept. 19 with internationally-known artist DJ Rekha. As a key player in the New York City club scene, DJ Rekha will be transporting her famous NYC live DJ dance experience to the Museum of Art Courtyard, in celebration of the exhibition “Fabric of India.”

Rekha, a London-born musician, DJ, producer and activist, has been credited with pioneering bhangra music in North America.

Tickets are $15 or $13.50 for members and include Art After 5 admission. Purchase online at

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