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Evening on the Ganges: Traditional Indian Classical Music


Sacred Arts Research invites you to an intimate gathering celebrating the rich tradition of Indian Classical Music. 

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere resonant of the days of court musicians performing for royalty in Indian palaces. Our concerts are intimate, giving the audience and musicians an opportunity to connect, ask questions and speak to the inspiration and history of the music being shared. 


Enjoy the deep meditation that only classical Indian raga can bring! 

On June 28th we will have a Sarod-Flute-Tabla concert featuring-

  • Michael Gam (Sarod)

  • Pawan Benjamin (Bansuri Flute)

  • Mir Naqibul Islam (Tabla)


This event is a $20 suggested donation. All funds go to support the musicians and future programing at SARF. No one will be turned away for lack of funds and we appreciate your support! 

Evening on the Ganges June 28th
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Michael Gam

Michael Gam is a New York City based jazz and Indian classical bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer in the lineage of jazz bass giant Ray Brown and Hindustani sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan. As an experienced, skillful and intuitive jazz improvisor, Michael has worked extensively alongside respected elder jazz musicians and young innovators, while also being called upon regularly to play bass in variety of other musical worlds ranging from R&B, Classical, Bluegrass and Rock to Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Klezmer and West African music. Since 2009, Michael has been a student of the rich musical tradition of Raga and is an emerging Sarod and Sarangi performer of the Maihar gharana.


Pawan Benjamin


Bansuri player Pawan Benjamin, started his musical training at a young age in Madison, Wisconsin, receiving guidance and mentorship from jazz luminaries such as bassist, Richard Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, and many others in the Madison area. His training ranges many disciplines from Jazz, Hindustani and Nepali Folk traditions, to Hip Hop, Classical and Contemporary music. Learning and honoring the legacies of contrasting cultures offers a unique perspective he shares in his sound. Pawan has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Ranjit Barot, Taufiq Qureshi, Rez Abbasi, Mark Cary, and Bill T. Jones among others.


Mir Naqibul Islam

Mir Naqibul Islam-An avid student of Tabla, Mir has trained in the traditional guru shisya style of Indian Classical music from Pt. Ashoke Paul, disciple of the great tabla guru Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Now living and working in New York city, he performs regularly with musicians from a wide variety of other genres, bringing tabla to Jazz, Middle-Eastern music and other contexts. By listening, learning and playing with musicians from around the globe, Mir is developing a unique musical aesthetic bringing together the musical influences of traditional Farukhabad style tabla and 21st century New York. Mir have studied with Pt. Gopal Mishra and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar in past and continuing his talim with the great Farukhabad Mastero Pt Anindo Chatterjee.