SASI’s Echoes of Ghadar Fundraising Party – May 17 (Friday) @ The Commons Brooklyn!

SASI Ghadar fundraiser flyer

Join SOUTH ASIA SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE to usher in warm summer nights Friday, May 17th for an evening of music, poetry and dancing to kick-off the fundraising campaign “Echoes of Ghadar”!!!

What: A fundraising benefit party for a SASI organized Ghadar Convergence in October 2013

When: 8 to 11:30 pm, May 17th, 2013 (Friday).

Where: The Commons Brooklyn:  388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Please join us on the 17 of May, for a night of music and dancing, and help us kick start our fundraising campaign for “Echoes of Ghadar”, a convergence to be held in October 2013 in New York City.

The evening will feature musicians Arooj Aftab, Sonny Singh, Red Baraat, Golam Haroon Sarwar, poet Tanwi Nandini and DJ Cloak.

To RSVP, you can go to the Facebook Page or contact us here

The event will raise funds for “Echoes of Ghadar: A Convergence of grassroots activists from South Asia to the U.S.,” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ghadar Party, a transnational grassroots solidarity movement founded in 1913.  In keeping with the Ghadar Party’s founding principles of dissent against oppression, the convergence hopes to engage discussions, on issues related to labor struggles, gender and caste violence, state repression of civil rights as well as issues related to migration and nationalism. The convergence will feature dialogue sessions bringing together South Asian and U.S. activists, and celebrate the spirit of Ghadar with music, poetry, and visual events. 

Featured Artist bios:

Arooj Aftab’s inspired songwriting fuses classical Pakistani and Sufi music traditions with contemporary jazz, folk and pop influences. Arooj Aftab innovates off classical Pakistani, Sufi & pre-partition South Asian music, creating original compositions honoring ancestral roots, for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. Paying homage to classical Sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Arooj presents an original, interactive sound embraced by young and old, South Asian and beyond.

Sonny Singh is a trumpet player, dhol player and vocalist,  educator/activist, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Sonny fires up thousands around the country and world playing trumpet and singing in the 9-piece bhangra funk band, Red Baraat, the first and only dhol n’ brass band in the US. In the short time since the band’s inception, they have delivered blistering performances at venues and festivals throughout the world  including Bonnaroo (TN), the Barbican (London, UK), Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,  Beaches International Jazz Festival (Toronto, ON), Ottawa Blues Festival (Canada),  Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), and LinzFest (Linz, Austria).

Tanwi Nandini Islam is a writer, youth educator, and performance artist, based in Brooklyn, NY.  Her writing has appeared in CURA: A Literary Magazine for Art and Action, Escape into LifeThought CatalogDash Literary Journal and Brooklyn Bodega; her play, Nayana’s Passing, debuted at Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival in 2005. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Vassar College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She currently works as the Brand Manager at 3rd Ward, a maker space in Brooklyn. Her debut novel is slated for publication in 2013 by Penguin.

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