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North Indian classical music, also known as Hindustani classical music, is a tradition that is thousands of years old. It’s roots stretch back to the Vedas, but it is an art form that isĀ  continually changing and evolving. India is home to many musical traditions, but two main classical traditions remain today: Hindustani and Carnatic. The Carnatic tradition is the older form of Indian classical music and is considered devotional … Read More...


I just performed at Haverford College just outside Philadelphia for a benefit for the victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan. It was a very heartfelt and memorable evening featuring presentations by professor Jamal Elias and Islamic Relief USA representative Yousef Abdallah, as well as performances by a wonderful singer/songwriter Arooj Aftab and the punk band The Kominas. I was accompanied in my performance by Sameer Gupta on the … Read More...


April is going to be a very exciting month! First, the film will have it’s San Francisco debut at the 2010 San Francisco International Sitar and Tabla Festival. This day-long festival starts up at 8am and along with the screening will feature listening sessions and live performances from some incredible artists.

The film will be shown at 10:00 am and will be followed by a Q&A with me (Andrew Mendelson) … Read More...


I’m thrilled to announce the Indian Premiere of A Cricket in the Court of Akbar. It’s a real joy to bring the movie back to the place where it was initially filmed, Jaipur, India. What’s more, many participants from the film will be present, including a very special guest, my Guruji, sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Mohan Bhatt, who will be opening the festivities with a performance of his … Read More...


I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been invited to attend the first ever TEDIndia conference, which takes place November 4th-7th, 2009 in Mysore, India. TED, a non profit organization dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading” is a remarkable organization that brings together experts in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design to give riveting talks and present their groundbreaking work. Past TED conferences have featured such luminaries as President … Read More...


Twelve Gates Concert Photos

The concert in Philladelphia last Saturday was extraordinary. I was incredibly honored to be able to play with Ustad Tari Khansahib. Many thanks to Aisha Khan, Atif Sheikh, and Ally Adnan of the Twelve Gates Gallery for making this memorable evening possible.… Read More...


Friday, September 25th-26th, 2009 at the Twelve Gates Gallery

I’m very pleased to announce the Philadelphia Premiere of A Cricket in the Court of Akbar at the Twelve Gates Gallery (see map)! This is the start of a very special weekend of events, with an Indian classical music concert the following day. I will have the great honor of playing with world-renowned tabla maestro, Ustad Abdul Sattar Khan … Read More...


A Cricket in the Court of Akbar is having it’s European premiere at the Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The screening is scheduled for Thursday, July 16th at 8:00pm at the SI Centrum (see map). This is Germany’s only Indian film festival and will feature groundbreaking work from and about the subcontinent. Please visit the festival website for tickets and more information about this great … Read More...


A Cricket in the Court of Akbar premiering in Chicago at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, at 1:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (50 W Washington St, see map). Tickets are free (with an $8 suggested donation) and you can reserve yours online today . And please visit the CIMMFest website for more information about thefestival.… Read More...


A Cricket in the Court of Akbar just screened as part of the Asheville Film Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and was greeted by a warm Southern reception. For more information about the festival and the screening, check out the Asheville Film Festival website.… Read More...


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