Mission

The Tamarind Society is a not-for-profit cultural and educational entity that promotes and fosters an appreciation of the wonderfully vibrant South Asian performing arts in the tri-state region of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, through the enactment of concerts, seminars and exhibitions.




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A tribute to Iqbal Bano featuring Rasika Shekar in concert.
On Saturday, May 12th, 2018. Please arrive 8:00 PM sharp at 70 Bortons Road, Marlton, NJ, 08053.


Flautist & Vocalist, proponent of Indian Classical, Contemporary, Ghazals and Bollywood music; Tamarind Society is happy to host the delectable Rasika Shekar in concert. Born in Dubai and raised in the US, Rasika Shekar's global footprint is evident in her sound. A listener with one ear in New York City and the other in India might notice intonations of street-driven Jazz and blues phrases layered with the playful styles of the Sufi, the ancient musical colors of Pakistan and India, and the pure-heartedness of a Ghazal, all wrapped up into a single package. Rasika Shekar is a master of style, able to show deep understanding of worldly sounds through their organic emulation. She is a trained vocalist and flautist in the Hindustani classical style. Rasika started her journey with a tour of the U.S. accompanying the Ghazal legend Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan as a vocalist. Her singing was revered by audiences for maintaining authenticity and rendering soulful music. She then made her Bollywood playback debut when national-award-winning composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy offered her the opportunity to sing for the award-winning film, "Dekh Indian Circus." Following that, Rasika started performing with the trio in their live concerts all over the world. She is also the voice behind Bollywood songs ‘Hulla Re’ from Karan Johar’s movie 2 STATES and ‘Daiyya Maiyya’ from YashRaj Film’s KILL DIL. Her recent playback song is 'Sau Aansoon Roye' from the film KATTI BATTI. Rasika has been performing solo Carnatic flute concerts at various venues in the United States, Dubai, Chennai and Mumbai and has won numerous awards along the way. A turning point however, was when she performed on MTV's Coke Studio season 2 as a featured flautist on Ehsaan & Loy's production single 'Man Patang.' Her playing received a striking response and won hearts across the subcontinent. She has since then been performing many individual and collaborative concerts and plays an integral part in conceptualizing and orchestrating 'Jugalbandis'. Last year, Rasika was invited to perform at the very prestigious World Flute Festival in Delhi.
We look forward to offering a warm Tamarind welcome to this talented musician at the beautiful Siddiqi residence in Marlton. Hope you can join us.

Dress: This is a farshi mehfil. South-Asian semi-formal attire is requested.

Please note that space is limited and Tamarind events tend to sell out quickly. You are therefore requested to procure your tickets at the earliest to avoid disappointment.


For more information you can contact us at tamarindsociety@gmail.com.
Tamarind Society is thus named because tamarind (imli) is a fruit that is native to South Asia and denotes tangy conviviality and merriment. Tamarind derives its name from tamar-hindi -- literally 'the fruit of India' in Arabic -- whereas India itself gets its name from Pakistan's River Indus -- thus encapsulating the origins and flavors of the region’s wonderful culture and traditions. Tamarind is a not-for-profit cultural society that promotes the wonderfully vibrant South Asian performing arts through the enactment of concerts, seminars and exhibitions.

Tickets: $70.00 per person.
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Complimentary tea/coffee and dessert.