Printable 2018 Entertainment Schedule: Himalayan Fair Entertainment Schedule 2018

List of Scheduled Performers by day:

(subject to change)

SATURDAY May 19, 2018

09:30 – 10:10 Sharanam Anandama (Opening Ceremony: contemplation through music)

Playing a serene form of music on the American folk instrument, the dulcimer, in the Indian “Raga Style” modality. This music has a gentle, flowing and harmonious nature and is ideal for contemplation and starting the day in an uplifted State of Consciousness.  Perfect for morning meditation, yoga practices and movement practices. To learn more please go here.

10:15 – 10:20 Recitation by Sera Monks from Sera Monastery, India (Devotional Music)

Sera Jey Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to support education for the monks at Sera Jey Monastery in India as well as for the friends, supporters and well-wishers. The monks here in the US also travel around the country promoting a message of compassion and peace. The Foundation is based here in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. To learn more please go here.

10:20 – 11:05 Kismat Mahala Kirtan Ensemble (Sacred singing and chanting)

Kirtan Wallah, Evelie Delfino, and Sals Posch perform with the Kismat Mahala Kirtan Ensemble. They will sing and play blissful devotional chants for healing, opening the heart and praising the divine saints from various spiritual and cultural traditions.

To learn more please go to here.

11:05 – 11:30 Nepali Beats, performing dances (age group 5-8) (Youth dance)

Bay Area children will perform Nepali dances in praise to the mountains and the beauty of their motherland Nepal. They will also perform songs that tell stories of flight, and dance about the value of friendship.

11:35 – 12:05 Odissi dance by Odissi Vilas (Classical Indian dance)

Odissi is one of the oldest surviving dance forms of India. Originated in the ancient temples of Odisha more than 2,000 years ago. Odissi dance was traditionally practiced as a sacred ritual to ignite transformation within the dancer and the audience. Odissi dance is considered both a classical and devotional form of dance. The dance is graceful, sensuous, expressive and sophisticated. To learn more go here.

12:10 – 12:40  Bollywood Gharana (Bollywood Ragas)

“Bollywood Gharana” is a deliberate paradox, rather like “Rock and Roll Symphony”. Teed Rockwell has created a new gharana (musical style) combining classical Indian ragas with music scores from Bollywood films. Rockwell performs his music on a newly customized instrument called the touchstyle veena, which has a guitar-like fretboard that is played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands. To learn more go here.

12:45 – 12:50     Himalayan Humor Duo (by Arvid Pokhrel and Neel Chandran)

Himalayan humor is the intersection between a comedy skit and standup comedy. Neel is an exchange student excited for his first overseas trip to Nepal. Arvid, a native Himalayan kid who grew up in the socially networked world is all excited to both play tour guide to Neel and learn all he can about the United States of America. Let’s see what unravels when their worlds collide, and what they learn about each other’s cultures and that of their own.

12:50-1:05      Mongolian dance and acrobatics performed by Ger Youth Center (Youth dance acrobatics)

Ger Youth Center is a community-based, non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Mongolian immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Ger Youth Center is devoted to preserving and promoting the traditional arts and culture for the younger generations of Mongolians living in the United States. To learn more go here.

1:05pm to 1:10pm  Lali Gurash

The kids ranging from 6 to 11 years old are dancing to the tune of Nepali Drum in the song titled “Darpan Chaya” and “I love to wear flowers”.

1:10 – 1:50     Odissi dance performance by Jyoti Kala Mandir (Classical Indian Dance)

Jyoti Kala Mandir was founded by Guru Jyoti Rout in an effort to promote Odissi through classes and performances in the Bay Area and beyond. Promoting Peace through dance and community education. To learn more go here and here.

2:15 – 3:00     Music by Tim Lechuga (Devotional music with western roots)

Mahashakti Tim Lechuga is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and performer- playing for over 40 years in countries around the world. In 2005 his rock music roots took a turn for the bhakti after meeting his guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and hearing for the first time the profound music style of devotional kirtan. Applying his western musical roots to recording has resulted in 3 West meets East Cds, each a musical statement in its own right- each exploring the deep devotional path toward self-awareness, peace and harmony.  To learn more go here.

3:05– 3:35      Tamding Tsetan – Tibetan Musician (Tibetan storytelling and music)

Tamding is a Tibetan musician, tattoo artist and visual artist. He escaped from Tibet in 2002 and, after walking for 43 days across the Himalayas, he reached India.  He released his first music album “Open Road” in 2012. Since then he released three following albums, also titled “Open Road” (until Tibet is free, all of his albums will have the same original title; his first two Open Road albums are available on CD, and albums 3 and 4 are available in electronic formats).

As a tattoo artist, he creates traditional Tibetan tattoos as well as modern ones, and also works with his clients to develop the perfect design. To learn more go here and here.

3:40- 4:10       Dolrhythms (Folk dancing from Punjab, India)

Dholrhythms is an organization dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of India through the beautiful Bhangra and Giddha folk dances of Punjab, India. To learn more go here and here.

4:15 – 4:35     Tsering Dorjee Bawa (Tibetan Performance Artist)
Tsering Dorjee Bawa is a Tibetan stage and film actor, singer, dancer and musician.

He was born in Toe Bawa in the Ngari Prefecture in western Tibet. At the age of 16, he began studying the arts at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, with an advanced degree in Tibetan secular dance, music and opera. Bawa starred in the French Nepali film directed by Eric Valli, Himalaya.

4:40-5:10        Riffat Sultana (Highlighted performance by master Indian vocalist)

Riffat Sultana channels the musical wisdom of 500 years and eleven generations of    master vocalists from India and Pakistan. Ms. Sultana is the daughter of legendary classical singer, the late Maestro Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. Riffat is the first woman from her family’s musical lineage to publicly perform in the west. Riffat performs a wide variety of traditional and modern material from the Indian sub-continent, including Sufi, Geet, Ghazal, Filmi, Qawali and Bhangra. She sings popular Bollywood classics to entertain audiences at parties. Her acoustic ensemble features instruments including tabla, bansuri flute, and 12 string guitar. Highlighting her performances are devotional, ecstatic Sufi songs to great saints like Shahabaz Qalander and Baba Bule Shah, sure to move your heart, soul and feet. To learn more go here.

5:15 – 5:45     Karma Moffett (Harmonic bowls, bells, and mandalas)           

Karma Moffett is a composer of music designed to relax and heal through harmonic vibrations. Moffet is also a fine artist, creating mandalas of light and landscapes he calls the “pure land free form objects”. These creations allow the viewer to free one’s mind and rest well within the essence. To learn more go here.

SUNDAY    May 20, 2018

9:30 – 10:30   Sharanam Anandama

Playing a serene form of music on the American folk instrument, the dulcimer, in the Indian “Raga Style” modality. This music has a gentle, flowing and harmonious nature and is ideal for contemplation and starting the day in an uplifted State of Consciousness.  Perfect for morning meditation, yoga practices and movement practices. To learn more please go here.

10:35 – 10:40 Recitation by Sera Monks from Sera Monastery, India

Sera Jey Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to support education for the monks at Sera Jey Monastery in India as well as for the friends, supporters and well-wishers. The monks here in the US also travel around the country promoting a message of compassion and peace. The Foundation is based here in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. To learn more please go here. 

10:45 – 11:15 Nepali dance by Nepali Association of Northern California (Nepali Dance)

The Nepali Association of Northern California (NANC) was officially established in 1994 by a group of Nepali immigrants living in San Francisco Bay Area. It was formed as a non-political community with a purpose to promote and preserve Nepali cultural traditions and language among the Nepali diaspora in Northern California. To learn more go here.

11:20 – 11:45 Bharatanatyam Dance (South Indian Dance)

Ushanjali School of Dance is a premier South Indian Classical Dance Academy in the Tri Valley area, with locations in San Ramon and Pleasanton. Students are trained in the Mysore Style of Bharatanatyam by the Artistic Director, Vidushi Naina Shastri. They are also trained in other styles of dance like Indian Folk, Semi-classical and Contemporary. Students of Ushanjali School of Dance have been featured in NBC Bay Area’s program, “Asian Pacific America” and regularly perform at various Community and City organized events. Naina Shastri is also an Artist-in-Residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, where she offers free classes on Sunday mornings.

11:50 – 12:10 Nepali Song and dance by Bay Area Bhutanese Youth (Youth Dance)

12:15 – 12:40 Nepali Beats (age group 5-8) (Young children dance)

Bay Area children will perform Nepali dances in praise to the mountains and the beauty of their motherland Nepal. They will also perform songs that tell stories of flight, and dance about the value of friendship.

12:45 – 1:15   Tibetan dances and songs by Tibetan children. (Tibetan youth dance)

Tibetan children from TANC’s Sunday school program will be performing traditional dances and songs. Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that works to preserve the unique cultural heritage of Tibet and to disseminate information on Tibet. To learn more go herewww.tanc.org

1:15 – 1:20       Himalayan Humor Duo (by Arvid Pokhrel and Neel Chandran)

Himalayan humor is the intersection between a comedy skit and standup comedy. Neel is an exchange student excited for his first overseas trip to Nepal. Arvid, a native Himalayan kid who grew up in the socially networked world is all excited to both play tour guide to Neel and learn all he can about the United States of America. Let’s see what unravels when their worlds collide, and what they learn about each other’s cultures and that of their own.

1:20 – 1:50     Ancient Future            (Global Fusion)          

Ancient Future is a musical ensemble popular in the world music genre. Founded in 1978, it falls in the fusion subcategory of world fusion music, blending centuries-old music traditions, along with modern music, such as jazz, rock or reggae. The band leader is Matthew Montfort. To learn more go here.

1:50pm to 1:55pm  Lali Gurash

The kids ranging from 6 to 11 years old are dancing to the tune of Nepali Drum in the song titled “Darpan Chaya” and “I love to wear flowers”.

1:55 – 2:25     Tamding Tsetan – Tibetan Musician (Tibetan storytelling and music)

Tamding is a Tibetan musician, tattoo artist and visual artist. He escaped from Tibet in 2002 and, after walking for 43 days across the Himalayas, he reached India.  He released his first music album “Open Road” in 2012. Since then he released three following albums, also titled “Open Road” (until Tibet is free, all of his albums will have the same original title; his first two Open Road albums are available on CD, and albums 3 and 4 are available in electronic formats).

As a tattoo artist, he creates traditional Tibetan tattoos as well as modern ones, and also works with his clients to develop the perfect design. To learn more go here and here.

2:30 – 2:50     Mongolian instrumental performance from the Mongolian community

(Mongolian Performers TBD)    

2:55 – 03:25   Classical Tibetan dances by the Chaksampas (Tibetan Dance and Opera)

Chaksam-pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company is a non-profit organization that was founded in San Francisco in 1989 by a small group of master performers who were trained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, India. To learn more go here.

3:30 – 4:00     Instrumental Classical Music of India and Pakistan (Tabla and Sitar)

Bruce Hamm is a disciple of the revered maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan with whom he studied classical instrumental and vocal music over the span of nearly 4 decades. In 1981, he took residency as an instructor at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California and has performed numerous solo concerts throughout the US and India alongside some of India’s leading artists including accompanying his guru. Joanna Mack began her study of Indian Classical sitar in 1997. Joanna spent 8 years in Kolkata studying under Pandit Deepak Choudhury, she then returned to US and has had the honor to study under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Sarodia Bruce Hamm and Sangeet Research Academy Guru Partha Chatterjee. Ferhan Qureshi is a disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Tari Khan. He began his musical education from Surinder Singh Mann and studies the Punjab gharana (musical style) of classical tabla). To learn more see here and here and here.

4:05 – 5:00      Sukhawat Ali Kahn (Sufi inspired folk rock meets root music)

SUKHAWAT ALI KHAN represents the family lineage of the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, which was established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of seven under his father, legendary Pakistani/Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Sukhawat teaches this musical style and performs concerts for dance and world music lovers everywhere. To learn more go here. http://www.jahnur.com/winginit

For more information please contact: Tashi Kunjo tkunjo@gmail.com.

Fair Hours:

  • Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

We are always looking for new entertainment for the Himalayan Fair. If you would like to submit a request to perform at the 2018 Fair please send a short description of yourself or group to thehimalayanfair@gmail.com

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