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Ragini Ensemble Winter Solstice Celebration

December 17, 2023 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


A Winter Solstice/Holiday Celebration with Ragini Ensemble, a gathering of artists illuminating the plurality of the South Asian diaspora from Reunion Island, Guyana, and Trinidad.

Bandleader and tabla player Roshni Samlal sets the performance within the aesthetic framework defined by the “Coolitude” movement, a term coined by poet and semiologist Khal Torabully, that draws from multiple mythologies and histories that reconcile the complex nature of Indo-Caribbean identity, among other descendants of the post-colonial subcontinent.

Themes of nostalgia, separation, and communal memory are explored through Surinamese baithak ghana chanting, Trinidadian Bhojpuri folk song and more with the dynamic interplay of Samlal’s tabla and electronics, the vocals and harmonium of Pratima Doobay and the loops, and beats of violinist Natie, with guests such as bass player Damon Banks and singer Kajol.


December 17, 2023
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Fotografiska New York
281 Park Ave South at 2nd St.
New York, NY 10010 United States
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