Talavya

TALAVYA

Talavya – a leading example of the seamless blend of tradition and modernity – is a dynamic, Indian classical rhythm ensemble performing compositions by Guruji with a contemporary presentation. The group showcases the hidden potential of the Indian hand drums Tabla as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing a wide range of musical experiences.
Each performance showcases the perfect synchronization of complex rhythms transitioning from rousing peaks to smooth meditative passages not usually associated with drumming. It engages the pure sonic energy of Indian traditions, the narrative possibilities of the drum, and the wide-open spaces for improvisation, creativity, and personal expression that Indian arts offer.
Talavya has collaborated with artists such as Mickey Hart (of Grateful Dead), Shakura S’Aida, Sidi Toure and Cuban Fire. As educators, the ensemble has led workshops and residencies across the world. Currently, Talavya performs a work entitled Tabla Ecstasy. Past ensemble compositions include Tabla Taandav, Tabla Triveni, Tabla Tarkhat, and Ardha Taal Chakra.
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Pradhanica

PRADHANICA

Pradhanica is a contemporary Kathak dance stage production composed by Guruji in collaboration with his senior disciple Jin Won, a professional choreographer, dancer and percussionist . Pradhanica (meaning a female leader) is a Kathak dance and world drums ensemble in which Guruji composed Indian rhythms for the African djembe, Spanish cajon, and Indian tabla and sitar. In particular for this production, he explores the possibilities of expressing emotions such as anger, joy, compassion and peace through rhythm and movement. The performance features Jin Won’s choreography showcased in three sections: the pure rhythmic aspect of the dance form, the expression of emotions through rhythm and movement, and a traditional Kathak dance performance along with entertaining interaction with the audience.
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Rhythmic Freefall

RHYTHMIC FREEFALL

Autumn of 2018 witnessed a rhythmic phenomenon by the majestic Enfield falls in Ithaca, NY. With the very purpose of experiencing the oneness of rhythm in nature, Guruji Pandit Divyang Vakil, brought together over 100 Tabla players from the Taalim Community to drum in unison, recreating the similarly spectacular event conceptualised by him 20 years before in Gujarat, India at the Zanzari waterfall. This musical event was the first of its kind in the United States.
It was not just the celebration of unity between rhythm and nature but also a celebration of unity among musicians and people belonging from different cultures across the world spreading the art of Tabla.
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Woven

WOVEN

Produced by MELA Arts Connect, ‘Woven’ was a unique international event held at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX that expressed the vivid blend of the Indian diaspora experience in America, as well as the newly woven fabric of culture stemming from Indian-Americans. The event showcased live music and dance performances along with multimedia presentations bringing together over 300 artists from the Indian- American communities across the united states celebrating their creative cultural exchange.
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Layabandhi

LAYABANDHI

Layabandhi – Joined in Rhythm – is a unique gathering of musicians across New York City led by Guruji Pandit Divyang Vakil, aimed at providing educational experiences to the students of music, music enthusiasts, novice musicians and performers through live interactions and conversations with professionals on a regular basis.
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Creations: A Virtual Concert Series

CREATIONS: A Virtual Concert Series

Streamed Live on YouTube, this was an 8 episode virtual concert series showcasing archival videos of the various rhythmic works composed by Guruji Pandit Divyang Vakil over his 40+ year career. The featured compositions from the archives included Tabla Solos and ensembles performances, Kathak presentations, Solos on Drum Kit , Janggu and more.
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Taalim Yatra

TAALIM YATRA

Taalim Yatra – A Rhythmic Journey – is a concert series that seeks to bring high level Indian performing arts to the diverse community of Taalim School and beyond. Initiated as a monthly live event held in NJ, the pandemic urged the project to shift into a virtual presentation. Over the course of 2020, Taalim Yatra was presented multiple times with performers from around the world, culminating in a grand Percussion Festival featuring 8 professional percussionists from the United States and India performing Indian Rhythm solos on Tabla and drum set with the common training and inspiration of Guruji Pandit Divyang Vakil. It was streamed through virtual platforms to the audiences of the Taalim community.
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Gurupoornima Celebrations

GURUPOORNIMA CELEBRATIONS

Gurupoornima celebrates the sacred tradition of Knowledge that flows down to the seekers of knowledge since time immemorial through the sacred Guru- Parampara.
सदाशिव समारम्भाम ्िंकराचार्यमध्र्माम ् अस्मदाचार्यपर्न्य ताम ्वन्देग ु रु परम्पराम ्
Each year on the occasion of Gurupoornima , Guruji’s students from across the world come together to express their gratitude towards Guruji while honoring the great lineage of Gurus: The Guru- parampara. The celebration observes a variety of stage performances and concerts which often consist of Solo and group presentations on Guruji’s Traditional and contemporary Tabla compositions, percussion ensembles and more. Here are some glimpses of a few from the many gurupoornima celebrations that took place over the past many years in India and the United States.
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