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Events planned for 2017

  • June 24, 2017 - Lecture by Yogini Heera on "Ashtāng Yoga" or "Eight-fold Path of Yoga" at the International Day of Yoga held at CA State Capitol.
  • Parampara - 14th Annual Student Recital was held on April 29th, 2017
  • Swar Tarang - A musical gathering on Feb. 25, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Guru Kulkarni's residence
  • December 24, 2016 Pandit Vishwajeet Ringe's Morning Raag-s concert in Folsom from 10:00-12:00 pm
  • December 11, 2016  Pandit Vishwajeet Ringe's house concert in Fairfield from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • December 10, 2016  Sangeetanjali  Hindustani music concert from 3:00-6:00 pm
  • November 19, 2016 Karaoke Night presented by Raga Academy of Indian Music from 2:30-5:30 pm
  • November 2, 2016  Performance for Diwali in San Francisco 
  •  October 27, 2016  Performance for Diwali in San Francisco      
  • October 2, 2016 - Singing of Vaishnav Jana to bhajan by Raga Academy's students at the installation of M. Gandhi statue in Davis, CA
  • October 2, 2016 - Singing a few songs by Raga Academy's students at the Multicultural Festival of Davis, CA
  • October 2, 2016 - Singing Devi stutis at "Bhavani Shakti" program at Bahkumma event at Sac State, CA
  • September 17, 2016 - Fund-raising concert by Pandita Heera Kulkarni at Interantional House of Davis, CA from 6:30-8:30 pm. Dinner cooked & provided by Heera Kulkarni
  • September 9, 2016 - Gauri Puja at Kulkarni Residence - Devotional singing from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • August 20, 2016 - Participating at India Day with two types of Raag Malhaar & film songs based on these Raag-s.
  • July 2016 - Preparing for the India Day performance of presenting glimpses of two types of Raag Malhaar and film songs based on them, coinciding with this year's theme of "Barsaat".  "Swar Tarang", the monthly musical afternoon is on hold until India Day performance....
  • June 23, 2016 - Summer fun at Mustard Seed School- teaching Dandiya to sixteen children and teens! Everyone loved the upbeat music and the movements.....My four years of training in Kathak comes in handy!! Photos of the event here...
  • June 22, 2016 - Raga Academy of Indian Music once again enriching the Sacramento, CA community events. Students performing at the Meet & Greet Public Officials organized by IAS-Indian Association of Sacramento. With Sharvani Patil, Sanjeev Amblam, Anisha Raina, & Sejal Anuraji. Thank you to all for making efforts to be there and for a lovely performance.  Thank you to all for making efforts to be there and for a lovely performance.... Photos of the event here
  • June 8, 2016 - Devotional Songs presentation at Triveni Chinmaya Mission's First Anniversary Celebration
  • May 30, 2016 - Fundraising concert & Vegan Lunch at Preetirang Sanctuary for rescued animals in Dixon from 2-5 pm.


"Cry for Comapssion" Indian Music & Indian Vegan Food

WHERE:  PreetiRang Sanctuary in Dixon

Start:  05/30/2016 2:00    End:  05/30/2016 6:00 PM


TWO for ONE deal...A very rare opportunity!! Preetirang Sanctuary Fundraiser with Indian vegan lunch and Indian music...May 30th in Dixon. You can volunteer to be Chef Nivi Das's assistant who is visiting from Australia and learn how to make each dish. You can also chat with celebrity chef Miyoko from Miyoko's Kitchen, producer of the vegan cheese line.

"CRY for Compassion" - Sing Kirtans & listen to devotional music with Musician Pandita Heera Kulkarni! ( I am volunteering my services). Plus visit the animals. What more can you ask for? Music sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upBpHtk-Xcg

Lunch from 2:00-3:00 pm. Devotional music from 3:15-4:15 pm. Tour the sanctuary from 4:30-6:00 pm.

Register for the event at http://www.preetirangsanctuary.org/event/memorial-day/ TODAY!!

More info on the sanctuary: https://www.facebook.com/Preetirang-Sanctuary-408482672581831/?fref=ts

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/210134389365296/

Not your usual North/South Indian Food -- Bengali Thali OR Pumpkin Risotto
Since when did Pumpkin Risotto become Indian food?
Since visiting Chef, Nivi Das from Australlia, decided that those who like
--- less spicy food
--- ANOTHER gluten free option (Bengali Thali is GLUTEN FREE too) and
--- Low fat or zero fat options

  • May 1, 2016 "Swar Tarang"from 4:30-8:30 pm. Performance by students of Raga Academy of Indian Music. Workshop on Indian music by Pandita Heera Kulkarni
  • April 3, 2016 "Parampara" or Traditions - An afternoon filled with melodious classical & semi-classical music. Dedicated to the memory of my guru & mother Smt. Shashikala Koranne
  • "Swar Tarang" Heera Kulkarni's initiative for a monthly Sangeet Sabhā will be held on March 19 from 10:00-12:00 pm followed by lunch at Guru Kulkarni's residence. All are welcome! RSVP at academyraga@gmail.com.
  • Celebration of Smt. Shashikala Koranne's 18th Punyatithi in Elk Grove on Feb. 13, 2016. She was also my mother & first music teacher. Shubh Basant Panchami & Saraswati Puja!

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  • Senior Readers Speak Event: I will be reading & singing my favorite poems on January 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm at GOS Art Gallery Studio on 1825 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA. Super excited!! Hope to see some of you there!
  • New session of Raga Academy's music classes will be starting in January 2016 for Ages 5 years to adults. Learn light vocal music, semi-classical vocal, harmonium, keyboard & Hindustani vocal classical music from an experienced & dedicated teacher with many years of teaching experience. Sign up now by emailing academyraga@gmail.com. Classes in Elk Grove, Folsom, Anatolia & ONLINE.

Past Events of 2015
  • Bollywood & Hollywood Dhamaka - Fun Karaoke songs, Bollywood dances, Fashion Show, & Antakshari. Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Russell Ranch Elementary School, 375 Dry Creek Rd., Folsom, CA 95630. Slots available for Bollywood dances. Community service hours will be given for volunteering. Please contact (916) 686-5785.  $225 was collected on the day of the event and later after adding more money, a total donation of $1,000 along with five boxes of nutritious snacks was made to Mustard Seed School for homeless children of Sacramento, CA.
  • Vijayadashami Celebration at Balgokulum by HSS, Sacramento, CA on October 25, 2015.
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  • Raga Challenge at Kulkarni residence on October 18, 2015. Open to all L1, L2 & L3 students. Very proud of my lovely and talented students.

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  • All are invited to "Beloved Bapu" a FREE concert for World Peace with Mahatma Gandhi ji's favorite devotional songs. Details in the flyer below. Date: October 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm sharp at Vedanta Society, Carmichael, CA. Hope to see you all there.

  • Raga Challenge© has been organized on September 26, 2015 in Citrus Heights for students taking Gandharva Mahavidyalay exams in November, 2015. 
  • Workshop on Bharatnatyam style of Indian classical dance by Bhuvaneshwari of Kalamitra School of Dance, Roseville, CA on September 12, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Rancho Cardova Public Library,  9845 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95827. FREE event! ALL are invited!!
  • India Day 2015 - Aug. 8, 2015 - Raga Academy of Indian Music Performed Madhuban Mei Radhika Nāche' Re' based on Raag Hameer...Added all the beautiful elements - mesmerizing singing, lively tabla beats, kathak dance, cute Krishna & Radhikas...What more can you ask for!! Wonderful work by Raga Academy students. Keep on singing!!

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  • July 11, 2015 from 10:30-1:00 pm. - Recitation of Ch. 3 of Bhagvad Gita. Chapter 3 is about how to do"Karma Yoga" for the benefit of the masses. On this auspicious day launching of VI-SH Koranne Charitable Foundation also took place. Akhil Sundarajan presented very melodious devotional compositions in different languages.
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  • Raga Academy Presents "Raga Challenge©" on June 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • House concert of Indian music at Kulkarni Residence by vocalist Smt. Kalpana Zokarkar on June 20, 2015 at 6:30-9:30 pm. email academyraga@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Workshop for music students & Music lovers with Dr. Monica Shah in Folsom on May 28, 2015.
  • House Concert @ Kulkarni residence by Dr. Monica Shah on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 6:30-10:00 pm.

  • Meet & Greet Public Officials event hosted by Indian Association of Scaramento, CA on April 25, 2015. Students of Raga Academy presented Saraswati Vandana and two National Anthems.




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  • Pictured below are ecstatic students of Raga Academy of Indian Music at the "Parampara" event held in memory of Late Smt. Shashikala Koranne on Feb. 8, 2015. Photo credit: Sreenath Kalahasti.

Events of 2014

1. January 11, 2014 Yoga + You class presented at Courtland, CA as part of the “Healthy Living Series”.

2. January – March 2014 Yoga + You weekly classes presented by Heera on Saturdays in Valley-Hi, CA.

3. February 8, 2014 Vegetarian cooking demo at Courtland, CA as part of the “Healthy Living Series”.

4. April 2014 – Lecture & demonstration on Music of India by Guru Heera Kulkarni for children in Calveras County, CA

5. April 2014 – Raga Academy student performances: Video Recording of songs by students of Raga Academy. View songs at  https://www.facebook.com/RagaAcademyofIndianMusic

6. October 2, 2014 – Lecture/demonstration on Music of India for college students

Lecture/demonstration on Music of India for college students in CA

7. October 11, 2014 – “Dedicated to the Divine” concert presented by Heera Kulkarni at Vedanta Society of
Sacramento, CA.

8. November 10, 2014   Indian music demonstration by Guru Heera Kulkarni for children in Sacramento, CA

Lecture Demonstration on Music of India at a school in Sacramento, CA

9. November 1, 2014  Diwali presentation with dances and cultural stations in Sacramento, CA.

Events of 2013

1. Guru Heera Kulkarni was the cultural program coordinator for India Day Cultural Kaleidoscope 2013 held on Aug. 11, 2013 at Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA.

2. Raga Academy student performance was held at India Day in Sacramento on August 11, 2013. Four students performed “Star Spangled Banner” and other students performed “Journey of Hindustani Classical Music” through Raga Yaman compositions.

3. Student Recital of Raga Academy was held on Aug. 26, 2013 at Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Sacramento, CA.

4. November 2013 – Diwali presentation with dances and cultural stations in Sacramento, CA

Events held/planned for 2011-12

Bollywood Hungama in April/May 2012. Please stay tuned!!

January 28, 2012   Kala Darshan: This event has been canceled due to lack of enough participants. Competitions in Hindustani music style Bhajans, Indian classical dances & folk dances. Open to children & adults.

October 15, 2011 Pushpanjali: Paluskar Jayanti – Flyer: Paluskar jayanti flyer 100 A tribute to the legendary musician presented by Heera Kulkarni. FREE admission. Donations are welcome.

October 1, 2011: Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival-Raga Academy students are singing at 7:30 p.m. in Old Sacramento. Come and show your support. For more info click here SPOTLIGHT- India flyer-0911

September 3, 2011 Kuchipudi Indian classical dance workshop being presented at the Valley Hi North Laguna Public Library from 3:00-4:30 p.m. FREE Admission. All are welcome. For more info call heera at (916)-686-5785

August 13, 2011: India Day at Folsom High School  Raga Academy performed “Jhansi ki Rani” song and tableau. Heera Kulkarni sang Jana Gana Mana as an India Day committee member to start the program.

10. 5th Annual  Student Recital by students of Raga Academy of Indian Music will be held on Holi festival day , Saturday, March 19th 2011 at the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Open to general public.

9. Bollywood Hungama: Charity show  with songs and dances from Bollywood to be held in November 2010. Venue and date  TBD. Open to general public.

8. Kala Darshan: competitions in Indian music, classical dance, and folk dance to he held on September 25, 2010 from 2:30-6 p.m. Venue TBD. Free event open to general public organized by Sangeet Bharati.

7.  Sangeet: Workshops on Indian music presented by Heera Kulkarni in Houston, Texas in August 2010.

6. Enchanting Music of India presented by Heera Kulkarni and ensemble at the CA State Fair on July 24, 2010

5. Global Fashion Showcase at the CA State Fair on July 21, 2010

Krishnapriya & Ganga Nair along with Rajani, Mahima, & Madhulika Chaturvedula, and Heera Kulkarni promoting our Indian cultural heritage

4. Sangeet Bharati participates in the International Cultural Showcase at Fairytale Town on Saturday,  July 3, 2010 to promote Indian classical dance and Indian culture

Twisha & Tapasya Gurumurthy, Heera Kulkarni and Krishnapriya Nair at teh Fairytale Twon after the performance

Twisha & Tapasya Gurumurthy, Heera Kulkarni and Krishnapriya Nair at Fairytale Town

3. Gita Dhyanam at Heera & Pramod Kulkarni’s residence on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Bharati Sundar Rajan reciting the Arati at Gita Dhyanam on July 2, 2010

Bharati Sundar Rajan and others reciting  Arati after the Gita Dhyanam

Gita Dhyanam led by Bharati Sundar Rajan of Chinmaya Mission, Sacramento, CA followed by potluck dinner. Recitation of Gita Chapters: 1, 2, 10, 12 & 15 and conclusion with verse 66 from Ch. 18. A short summary was given at the beginning of each chapter.

1.  Fourth Annual Student Recital by Students of Academy of Indian Music

2. May 23rd from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend the recital to encourage and give their blessings to the students who are keeping our heritage alive.

Venue: Laxmi Narayan Mandir     7495 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento, CA 95824.

This is a FREE event and open to general public.

The following pictures are from the Third Annual Student Recital presented by students of Academy of Indian Music held on May 30, 2009 at Laxmi Narayan Temple, Sacramento, CA.


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