Brooklyn Raga Massive is a platform for all lovers of Raga music, both listeners and practitioners, to feel the pulse of NYC’s live Indian Classical music scene.

We are managed by our artists with the goal of bringing the community of Indian music lovers together. The Massive’s collaborative approach towards unifying and building the NYC Raga music scene provides the spark for our events and gatherings. Brooklyn Raga Massive is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity.



  • 5/25 Raga Roots (Carnatic): Lalit Subramaniam (vocal), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam)




    May 25, 2016

    Lalit Subramaniam (Carnatic vocal) | 8:00pm

    + BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 9:30pm

    $10 advance / $15 door
    La Luz / 135 Thames Street Brooklyn, NY 11237

    BRM honors their Carnatic Roots with a classical kutcheri (concert) by visiting artist to NYC, Lalit Subramaniam and BRM regulars Arun Ramamurthy (violin) & Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam). A journey into the depths of South Indian classical music, the artists present a deep listening experience through compositions and improvisations of the South Indian classical form. Witness the exciting interplay and spontaneity of musical ideas as the three come together on stage.
    Lalit Subramaniam – vocal
    Arun Ramamurthy – violin
    Rajna Swaminathan – mrudangam

    *** Raga Jam Session open to all musicians, bring your instruments ***

    Lalit hails from a family of connoisseurs and performers of Indian Classical Music, and grew up in Pune, India. He is a well sought after performer and educator in the US and is a disciple and protege of ace Carnatic vocalist Tiruvarur Shri S. Girish, who is the grandson of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T. Brinda and the torch bearer of the very unique bani of Veena Dhanammal. Like his Guru, Lalit is known for his soulful and sensitive music. Lalit has also been under the tutelage of Guru Neyveli Shri R. Santhanagopalan.

    Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music. Trained in Carnatic (south indian classical) music initially by the distinguished violinist Anantha Krishnan, and then later by the celebrated violin brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the most in-demand violinists in the US. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing in both traditional Carnatic & Hindustani settings as well as bridging genres with his own creative cross-over projects. Arun is a co-founder of BRM and performs/curates regularly.

    Rajna Swaminathan is an accomplished artist in the field of South Indian classical percussion – mrudangam. She is a disciple and protégé of mrudangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Rajna is one of only a handful of female mrudangam artists in the world. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians and dancers, touring widely in North America and India. Rajna is co-artistic director of Rhythm Fantasies, Inc. – a non-profit organization that strives to promote South Indian classical music and dance in a space that encourages education and enrichment through innovation and cross-cultural collaboration.

  • 6/1 Raga Jazz Messengers



    June 1, 2016

    Raga Jazz Messengers | 8pm

    + BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 9:30pm

    $10 advance / $15 door

    La Luz / 135 Thames Street Brooklyn, NY 11237

    The Raga Jazz Messengers represent a new approach to unifying the deep histories of American Jazz and Indian Classical Raga. Drawing on traditional as well as contemporary influences this group ventures past conventional improvisational methods to expand the context of group dialogue, while pushing the limits of artistic expression.

    Sameer Gupta – Drumset
    Michael Gam – Bass
    Aaron Shragge – Trumpet
    Aakash Mittal – Sax

  • 6/8 Raga Roots (Hindustani): Bruce Hamm (sarod) & Ray Speigel (tabla)



    June 8, 2016

    Bruce Hamm & Ray Speigel | 8:00pm

    + BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 9:30pm

    $10 advance / $15 door

    La Luz / 135 Thames Street Brooklyn, NY 11237

    A Hindustani classical concert featuring two original members of the famous Ali Akbar Khan College. Bruce Hamm is a direct disciple of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He began studying sitar and vocal music with Khansahib in 1974, and has been an instructor since 1981. Bruce has performed with many of India’s leading musicians, including Swapan Chaudhuri, Zakir Hussain and Anindo Chatterjee. He will accompanied on tabla by Ray Spiegel, a tabla exponent of the great Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain.

    Bruce Hamm – sarod

    Ray Speigel – tabla


  • 6/15 Monsoon Ragas @ Rubin Museum of Art

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    June 15, 2016

    Monsoon Ragas and Jam Session w/ Brooklyn Raga Massive
    Rubin Museum of Art | 150 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011
    $25 door / $22.50 Rubin Museum members

    Sitar-Bansuri Jugalbandhi | 7:00pm
    + BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 8:30pm

    Abhik Mukherjee – sitar
    Jay Gandhi – bansuri
    Suryaksha Deshpande – tabla

    Brooklyn Raga Massive has been making huge waves in music of late. Since the sold-out performance of their critically acclaimed version of “In C,” the Rubin has become a home for their special presentations. In this intimate concert the maestros Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), and Suryaksha Deshpande (tabla) combine forces to explore the Malhar group of ragas, those that praise the monsoon rains. The chemistry between these artists, nurtured over years of friendship, is something rare and beautiful. Set against a backdrop of of monsoon imagery and art from the Rubin’s exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual, the concert will also include legends of the monsoon and selections from the most famous poets of the rain, Kalidasa and his “Meghadootam” (The Cloud Messenger).

    Following the concert join the artist collective in the entrance hall for their classic Brooklyn Raga Massive jam session.