In Jan 2017, one of my long-standing desires came to fruition with the help of my co-founder and local tabla player Avi Shah; District of Raga (DoR) was launched as a monthly event at Bossa Bistro & Lounge. What is District of Raga you ask? It is a space for practitioners and lovers of Indian classical music to gather for the purpose of musical dialogue and community within Washington, D.C. The inspiration to create this platform came from the successful collective of musicians in NYC known as Brooklyn Raga Massive. DoR was held at Bossa Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan on the last Wednesday of every month. The event showcased a local or visiting featured artist, with a focus on presenting traditional Indian classical music as well as multi-cultural sounds intersecting with Raga-inspired music. An open jam session followed the concert. Through our platform, District of Raga strives to have a deep and consistent impact on our community of artists and audiences.
Since 2017, DoR has presented over 70 concerts and events, featuring educational workshops, dance and yoga classes, film screenings, and art markets through our partnerships with Bossa, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Strathmore and more. Our programming has provided support to over 100 artists.
District of Raga programming is curated by myself. For more information and to see our upcoming events please visit: www.districtofraga.com