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Date: 25 Aug 2015

Rimi – The Unveiling + Crossing Over

Indian-American artist, Rimi, whose two records Unveiling and Crossing Over have dominated Indian music charts, is crafting a unique sound and hypnotic live experience that fuses ancient ideas with modern pop. With her single Maahiya receiving bestseller status in India, Rimi has headlined a variety of conferences and festivals on multiple continents. The humble Rimi is an innovator and a risk taker, placing primarily Hindi lyrics alongside a few English ones to help establish her totally unique mixture of old and new. Experience Rimi and her sound today.

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Date: 15 Aug 2015

Review: Rimi Basu, The Unveiling’ EP, Crossing Over EP

Indian-American artist Rimi Basu has dominated the Indian music charts since the release of her two EP’s The Unveiling and Crossing Over earlier this year, and it’s no wonder why. Both offerings are majestically rich with a variety of exotic instruments that you expect to hear from the complex styles in Indian music, complimented by striking rhythmic effects that flaunt Rimi’s unabashed relationship with her roots and the western world in which she was raised.

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Date: 14 Aug 2015

Music Review: The Unveiling and Crossing Over from Rimi Basu

Rimi Basu is an Indian-American musician whose music is a hypnotic blend of both Bollywood and Western pop / electro. Today I have her two latest EPs to review – “The Unveiling” and “Crossing Over”, each with a distinctly different sound and unique stories to tell. Both of these albums have dominated the Indian music charts, so it’s wonderful to be able to bring this music to the Whim blog today!

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Date: 12 Aug 2015

MUSIC - Singer Rimi Basu

Singer, songwriter, and dancer Rimi brings her unique genre of pop with an Indian flavor to the American music scene. Her music, the product of a unique and versatile combination of Eastern and Western upbringing, gives richness to her personality and performances.

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Location : Los Angeles, CA
Styles : World music, Pop, Indian pop, Bollywood
Similar to : Shakira, Sunidhi Chauhan, Azam Ali, Shreya Ghoshal, Norah Jones

Rimi Basu, an Indian-American pop singer, represents a unique and versatile addition to the music industry. An ex-medical school student who defied Indian-American societal expectations to run away to India and become a musician, she has since completed two music albums and toured around the world with her unique artistic vision. Trained in Indian classical music and dance from a young age, as well as an accomplished belly dancer, her unique selling proposition is the combination of both music and dance in her live performances.

While living in India, Basu trained with renowned musicians and pundits of Indian music, including Ajoy Chakrobarty in Kolkata, India at his school, Srutinandan. However, her love affair with Indian music started from a young age, as she was trained in Indian classical music and dance and had a deep affinity for the Indian arts and entertainment. The daughter of Indian Immigrants-turned Washington bureaucrats from Calcutta (Kolkata, as it is known in their homeland), she grew up negotiating multiple selves: One who attended an Indian Language School that her father founded in Washington DC and actively learned Indian classical music and dance, and another, who avidly listened to hip hop, R&B, and American pop with her Black, Asian, Latin, and White peers. These influences culminate in her music, which reflects her own multi-faceted upbringing and identity. Basu produced two albums in India, The Unveiling (2006) and Crossing Over (2009), which received acclaim and a high demand for performances in India. Her hit song and music video \"Maahiya\" topped Indian music charts in the Indian pop category and received Bestseller status. Thereafter, she performed across India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States at various venues large and small for appreciative audiences.

Rimi has now found herself back in the United States to propagate her unique brand of Indian fusion through forming a world music and dance collective called Shakti. Her goal has been and will continue to be increasing appreciation for Indian music and culture through unique and experimental fusion with Western styles. A talented and dynamic singer and dancer of various styles, ranging from Indian classical to R&B and pop, her unique brand of cultural fusion engages and intrigues a broad range of listeners. Her trademark style of blending Indian and belly dance with vocals in her performances has kept audiences in awe worldwide. She is also quite possibly one of the most adventurous Indian-Americans raised in the USA.

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Shakti Arts Foundation

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Our Mission


Shakti Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering authentic self-expression in diverse communities through dance, voice, yoga, and interpersonal communication. 


The word "Shakti" denotes the feminine force which gives birth to the diversity of the world – it is in this diversity we see that all is one. And it is through connection with one another and with ourselves that we discover the binding force between all that is seemingly “different.”

Shakti celebrates expression of this diversity through many modalities and strives to bring Eastern values of community and non-duality to the West. Shakti recognizes that every body and mind is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to self-expression. Our goal is to empower all students with their natural potential for creative expression and encourage innovative approaches to traditional styles.


 


Our regional and international event partners have included: ASHA for Women, Covenant House, Sanlaap India, Swayam for Women, Missionaries of Charity, and more. 


 


Offerings 

Among our offerings are workshops in:   


- Shakti Yoga for Self ExpressionTMShakti Yoga for Self ExpressionTM is yoga for YOU - This transformative practice helps unlock creativity and self-reliance through exploration and honoring of our individual bodies and minds. It is yoga of self-expression and improvisation, through which we learn to rely on our body and instincts to guide us through the practice, rather than rigidly set sequences presented by instructors. In the beginning of the class, a combination of asana and vinyasa drived from Tantra Hatha Yoga, as well as God and Goddess dance poses are presented, which will help us feel and tune in to the places of tension in our bodies. From there, we take the reins to move in ways that feel right and natural to the body in the moment. These may not always be the poses that are seen on magazine covers, but they can be the most effective poses for dissolving tension. 


- Chakra Sound Healing and Indian Music/RagasMusic is a method to restore the body to its original state of harmony. The ragas of classical Indian music are derived from Sama Veda and, like Ayurveda, they also have their source in the Vedic tradition, which disappeared around three to five thousand years ago. The musician catches the mood of nature, the surroundings and the audience and presents it with voice or instrument. Raga music has a concept of time and quality that assigns the various ragas to particular times, seasons or emotions. 


- Indian Classical Dance(Odissi)Odissi Indian Classical Dance is an ancient devotional temple dance from northeast India, originating from the Devadasi tradition of India, which was later abolished by British colonialism. In this practice, we focus on embodying the divine and depicting the attributes of Indian spiritual Gods and Goddesses, like Lakshmi, Shiva, Durga, and many more through dance. These gods and goddesses each represent a doorway into a new level of ourselves and guide us to the deepest regions of our own true nature. 


- Authentic Communication Group and Private SessionsThis challenging, yet transformative practice can best be described as "interpersonal meditation," in which participants are guided into deeper awareness of oneself in connection with others. The practice teaches us to acknowledge and give space to all of our sensations, emotions, and judgments without rejecting anything, and brings us to a plae of greater compassion, openness, and understanding of ourselves and others. 


- Belly Dance and Freeing the BodyBelly dance is a mostly improvisational dance emphasizing the torso, articulations of the hips, and movement of the arms.   In this dance form we focus on relaxation and freeing of the muscles in order to gain new ranges and types of movement. Through relaxation we gain greater kinesthetic awareness of the fluidity of our bodies, which teaches us to unlock new ways of movement of which we were previously unaware. 


 


 


 


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Our Instructors


Rimi Basu
Rimi has trained in Indian classical dance and music for 16 years under various teachers, including Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti in Washington DC and Pandits Ajay Chakroborty and Sanjay Chakroborty in India. After completing her graduate dance certification from Nrityalaya Dance Academy in Potomac, MD in 2002, she has performed at numerous venues around the world, fusing her love for Indian classical arts with her own modern style and creative touch, and often infusing live singing of mantras and shlokas into her dance performances. To this end, she has also developed trademark multidisciplinary styles for her classes, fusing Indian classical dance with yoga and the voice in Shakti Yoga. She has performed and offered workshops around the world, in India, Singapore, France, South America, and the United States.  

Her goal is to preserve world cultures and languages, with a particular interest in South Asia and the Middle East, through fusing with modern forms of dance and music to keep them fresh and relevant for the contemporary world. To that end, she has worked with numerous artists and companies to expand the scope of her work and offer new and innovative presentations of ancient dance and music forms.



Maryamma Paratan


Maryamma’s passion for Yoga (the Union of Body, Mind, & Spirit = Self-Realization) have taken her to 500+ hours of deep studying into roots of Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, Flow Art (free-form movement meditation called Yoga Trance Dance™) lineage of Prana Vinyasa Flow by Shiva Rea Devi. Maryamma's intense desire for Sound has taken her to Vocal Yoga (Indian Raga) studies with Visvambhar Sheth and Sudeshna Basu. The journey to Mother India and Yoga first started with Bhakti Yoga with her first yoga teacher Gopi Kinnicutt. "The more we unfold the magic of self-realization we learn there are so much more layers of magic is left to unfold. With gratitude and deep love, life dedicated to Shakti Devi Sadhana and sharing the lessons of the Great Goddess. Passionate, PlayFul “heart-core” Yogini. Agni (Fire) keeper, transmitter of the teachings, forever Student, born a Dancer, Rebel, Fire Eagle. Ever amazed by the infinite Universes inside and outside. 


Jaya Prakash / John Paul Patterson 


JP has taught Yoga and Meditation for over 15 years and was trained and certified in India by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute in Allahabad U.P. and Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  His academic background is in Indian Philosophy, on which he frequently lectures locally in high schools and colleges.  He currently studies Vedanta Philosophy and Sanskrit with Swamini Svatmavidyananda, a nun of the Shankaracharya order and speaker on The Vatican's panel of world religions. He is also a certified Physical Therapist with a  Sports Medicine Certification from American College of Sports Medicine, and a Registered Yoga Teacher with Meditation Instruction Specialty. 


His teaching style for Yoga is restorative and appropriate for any beginner or continuing students seeking a relaxing therapeutic class which includes gentle restorative asana, pranayama, pratyahara and meditation emphasizing the inner practices of traditional Yoga.



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