Gracenote generously donated the initial funding for India Music Week and our earlier Brazilian and Muslim Music Days. Gracenote provides metadata on sound recordings for various music vendors, including iTunes. Thanks to all the good people there, our original contact Craig Palmer, Mike Gubman who parsed their metadata for our discography and President Stephen White. These folks 'got it' when most people scratched their heads.
Columbia University Libraries provided encouragement and funding. Thanks to Head of Libraries James Neal, Elizabeth A. Davis at the Wiener Music & Arts Library, and our pal Greg Mosher.
Dr. Brian Q. Silver (Harvard Class of 1964) is an ethnomusicologist, linguist, and professional sitar player. Silver has taught Urdu language and literature, Indian and world music, and South Asian culture at several American universities, including his alma mater, Harvard University (1974-1983). He worked with Voice of America as Chief of the Urdu Service (1986-2007) and Ethnomusicologist (2007-2012). He was Director of International Exchange Programs (with James A. Rubin as Executive Director and Hyman Bloom as Trustee) of the PanOrient Arts Foundation from 1968-1991, and from 1982 has been Founder and Executive Director of International Music Associates. In 2013 he was appointed Editor of the Journal of the Indian Musicological Association.
Brian is our India Music Week consultant working out of the DC area and a longtime friend. He has donated his extensive collection of ethnomusicological journals to the ARC.
Molecule Communications based in Mumbai and New York City, is a respected resource within the entertainment industry bridging East and West, fostering international dialogue and facilitating collaborations among artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and industry professionals. Molecule Communications produces special events and conferences such as Ticket to Bollywood to educate aspiring artists, filmmakers and musicians and provide networking opportunities on an international scale. We aim to connect people to global opportunities related to India’s history and connect the global community through Bollywood film, extending from India to the entire Subcontinent (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan) and Afghanistan, Canada, the United States and South America. Thanks to Ajay Shrivastav for all his help.
IMC Onair and IMC Radio Net along with SABN (South Asian Broadcasting Network) are our world-wide media partner. The stations also hold their own "India Music" Week in Sept, all meticulously crafted by El Jay Arem. ElJay is devoted to Indian Classical music and fascinated by its relationship to "Nada Brahma... the sound which created the world". This group of organizations out of Hanseatic City , Hamburg, Germany has been spreading the word in both the EU and South Asia about "India Music Week" for promoting an international cultural dialogue.SABN IMCOnAir IMC - India meets Classic Indian E-music
AIA is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America, founded on August 20, 1967, the NY Chapter founded the following year. AIA represents the hopes and aspirations of those immigrants (denied immigration by the Asian Exclusion Act 1917-1966) who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage and American Commitmen
Thanks to all good folks at the Association of Indians in America NY Chapter (AIAny) and our pointman, Sunil K. Modi.
DJ Rekha is a producer, curator and educator based in New York City. She is the founder of the Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co-founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel" and the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, "A Feet in Two Worlds." Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released in 2007. In 2009, DJ Rekha was inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. Her record label Beat Bazaar Music issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile worldwide in Nov. 2011. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed internationally. You can see her perform live the first Thursdays at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond on www.breakthruradio.com
Open is design for people. They're an independent design studio that creates rewarding experiences for people who look, read, and think. ARC wants to thank the inspired folks at Open who created the design, look and feel of the original website. Rich Watts did the coding. Wallpapers and logos have been created by Cat Kirk and Jason Jude Chan. Amit Werber formally @ Open, now freelances and contributed greatly to the website design. Owner Scott Stowell was above it all. Open: art direction and design
Scott San Filippo created the ARC database for our online cataloging and he's a pal. He squeezed us in between the launch of his new company Incredible Labs, the creators of Donna.
Jason Rassi has taken over for Scott and is upgrading the databases. Jason works at Mongo.
HarmoNYom HarmoNYom was an essential part of making India Music Week happen. Founded by Veronique Lerebours in 2008, HarmoNYom is a leading organization dedicated to promote and support Indian Classical Music in a city referred to as melting pot, New York! By nature of its vision, HarmoNYom fills a crucial role in the arts and in the classical music field, exploring innovative ways of providing high quality experiences, through Indian Classical Music, as way of engaging, inspiring and challenging communities locally, nationally and internationally!
HarmoNYom seeks to serve as a “Voice” and platform for the world-renowned South Asian Classical Maestros, as well as the emerging talents; Providing freedom for both artists and audiences to share their love and passion for Indian Classical Music, HarmoNYom has maintained cross-cultural diversity and multi-ethnic heritage in New York for the past 5 years. In 2013, as a global community, HarmoNYom's mission is to join forces and collaborate with worldwide organizations, integrating wider social networks to promote and exchange ideas in efforts to build alliances, and create more opportunities for rising artists within our social, spiritual and cultural world! Targeting music lovers of all ages, races and backgrounds!
Visit the HarmoNYom site, call: +1 917 751 4077 or send them an e-mail
The Internet Archive preserves the Internet. They scan millions of books and save billions of sites, and they are very nice to ARC. They will be preserving all the versions of India Music Week in a dedicated space and all the URLs that passed through this project. If you loose them, you can get them back. Thanks to Brewster Kahle and everyone @ the IA.
By the way, the IA has made possible the scanning of all of our music books here at ARC, including our Asian Indian ones.
Here I am in front of the ARChive offices in Tribeca, working hard on India Music Week...
India Music Week is the third focused projet on the music from other cultures here at the ARC. Our initial foray, "Muslim World Music Day' was awarded the prestigious "Innovative Use of Archives Award" by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. Brazil was even better, but they forgot to give us a prize. Next year we will focus on the music of Scandinavia, but launch in the Spring of 2015. This gives us a break and probably a better time as to involve more academic institutions. It's also our 30th Anniversary year, so we'll need the time to work on that. Then it's Cuba (2016), Louisiana (2017) and China (2019).