It is with great pride and honor that in partnership with Prasant Radhakrishnan, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) presents the Bodhidharma Ensemble, a new multidisciplinary music project combining South Asian classical and Chinese music traditions! Bodhidharma is tentatively scheduled to premiere at OACC’s month-long Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in May, 2013.
What is the Bodhidharma Ensemble?
Historically, Bodhidharma was a cultural link between India and China and whose influence has continued to permeate spiritual and artistic expression today. Prasant will be working with master Chinese instrumentalist, Wang Fei on the Guqin (ancient Chinese 7-string instrument), and master South Asian instrumentalist Shriram Brahmanandam on the Mridangam (South Asian drum) to bring together these cultural links through music and composition. Through this project, Prasant hopes to promote the beauty found in both Indian and Chinese classical music as well as create a unique opportunity for both communities to rediscover a strong cultural connection. We'Il need your support to make this project a reality!
What will the funds be used for?
Funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help fund production costs for the premiere and support the artists involved in this project. The East Bay Community Foundation has graciously awarded us with an artist challenge grant of $3,500 to produce this project. Every $1 donated to OACC by an individual will be matched up to $3,500 by November 30, 2012! We don’t receive any of the money if we cannot raise the full $3,500 by then, so any dollar amount helps! We have set up this Kickstarter campaign to support our efforts and allow contributors to donate safely and securely online. You are also welcome to contact Mona Shah, OACC’s Executive Director for more information on how you can donate at (510) 637-0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Prasant Radhakrishnan or Wang Fei, please visit their websites:
For any questions about this amazing project, you can email Prasant directly at email@example.com.
Special thanks to Kathaka Films for the filming and producing of the Bodhidharma Ensemble Kickstarter video.
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges that may come with completing the project is:
1) Marketing to 2 distinct ethnic communities. Although the San Francisco Bay Area is quite diverse, strategies to promote to the Chinese community and Indian community are very different.
2) How can we keep Bodhidharma Ensemble alive? After the premiere in May, 2013, how do we ensure financially that we can continue to support the Bodhidharma Ensemble?
3) Finding other venues to present Bodhidharma. OACC is blessed to have a facility that can host Bodhidharma Ensemble. How can we continue to make sure that Bodhidharma Ensemble reaches out to the rest of the SF Bay Area and beyond?
How will we overcome?
OACC will be working very closely with the artists involved in this project to ensure that we are promoting to San Francisco Bay Area's diverse community, but also to each ethnic community by having marketing materials in English and Chinese. We will be targeting media outlets from both communities and diverse communities who have an interest in world music. OACC will remain committed to support Prasant Radhakrishnan's Bodhidharma Ensemble by referring the ensemble to perform in other potential venues around the SF Bay Area and beyond! OACC will also continue to find ways where the Bodhidharma Ensemble can sustain financially via grant writing, donor campaigns, workshops or classes, future presentations and hosting of new work.
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