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My art aims to traverse the distance between traditional and contemporary, East and West, planned and spontaneous. As an American of Indian descent, my dance and music represent a hybrid of my two cultures and identities- an effort to preserve the ancient cultures of India by interpreting them in a modern language and context. My artistic practice means, to me, acting as a conduit for the beauty of India\\\'s cultural arts in the Western world. My desire is to use the arts to bridge gaps between cultures, castes, and religions, as a vehicle for greater peace and harmony in the world. -Rimi Basu

Rimi Basu, an Indian-American singer and dancer, represents a unique and versatile addition to performing arts in the USA. An ex-medical school student who defied Indian-American societal expectations to run away to India and become an artist, she has since completed two music albums, multiple dance projects, and toured around the world with her unique artistic vision.Trained in the several Indian classical dance forms including Odissi and Kathak, as well as Sufi whirling and belly dance, her unique selling proposition is the fusion of traditional and contemporary styles in her live performances. Rimi\\\'s passion and purpose is in the preservation of world arts through innovative and experimental renditions;thus, she has also co-founded Shakti Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to this mission, through which she presents performances and Indian dance workshops.

While living in India, Basu has trained with renowned musicians and pundits of Indian music and dance, including Ajoy Chakrobarty in Kolkata, India at his school, Srutinandan and Ustad Iqbal Khan of the Delhi Gharana of Hindustani Sufi Vocal Music. Her formal dance training includes 16 years of Odissi with Nrityalaya Academy in Washington DC in conjunction with training in Sufi Kathak with Smt. Manjari Chaturvedi in Delhi. Her love affair with the Indian arts 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 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 including the Kennedy Center, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and Mehboob Studios in India. Among her awards include two Homewood Arts Certificates in Music and Dance; Completion of \\\"Ranga Pravesham\\\" in Indian Classical Dance by Nrityalaya Academy, and 1st place in AIMREC Competition, the only US Indian music and dance competition.

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 classical 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.


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 or in Indian Band, 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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