Charanams – Upcoming concerts and events

Upcoming Performances


December 08,2013 at 3pm
212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (btw/ 2nd & 3rd Ave.) New York, NY 10022
Cover $10

Nearest subway stations:E/M at the 53rd Street or 6 at the 51st Street.


Past Performances

Sunday Concerts @ Central Library: Charanams

November 03,2013
Central Library Auditorium

Queens Public Library presented Carnatic Jazz by Charanams in the 28th Annual World Concert series, featuring

Nivedita ShivRaj – Veena
Marcus Cummins – Saxophone
Jason Goldstein – Guitar
Samyuktha ShivRaj – Vocals
Narendra Bhudhkar – Tabla

Sunday Concerts @Central

Ragas & Rhythms Concert

November 16, 2013; 3:00pm
Langston Hughes Library, Corona NY 11368

Admission Free

Charanams presented new compositions of Nivedita ShivRaj that highlighted the beauty of carnatic ragas and rhythms in traditional and contemporary compositions. The concert featured ragas and rhythm structures that are unique to carnatic music style.

Nivedita ShivRaj, composer of Charanams band, is the recipient of the Individual Artist Award for 2013 from Queens Council on the Arts. The concert was the public presentation of the QCA funded “Ragas and Rhythms” project of Nivedita ShivRaj.

The concert was partly funded by Queens Council on the Arts.


August 23, 2013

Venue:Cornelia StreetCafe, NY


Friday, April 05, 2013; 8pm

Venue:Flushing Town Hall,137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, New York 11354.

Flushing Town Hall presented Nivedita ShivRaj performing Indian music on the Veena with her World Music band – Charanams, in Cultural Crossroads, mixing two cultures.

Two cultures -Velly Bahia (Brazil) and Charanams (India), came together on one stage for a NEW series with an open dance floor and a musical jam.

Cultural Crossroads

India Festival

Cultural Event

December 04, 2011;
Venue:Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Bellerose, NY

Mayor’s Awards Ceremony

November 01, 2011;
Venue:Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY

Charanams performed at the Mayor’s Awards Ceremony. The event was hosted by New York City Mayor, Mike Bloomberg & Actor, Alec Baldwin.

Shrine, October 22, 2011


Wednesday, July 27, 2011;
Venue: Central Park/ Mainstage, Rumsey Playfield

Charanams performed at the presstigious, popular SummerStage Concert. Charanams played the opening act at the SummerStage main concert for the day featuring Wanda Jackson & Imelda May. Charanams will present the compositions from their winning performances at the Battle of the Boroughs.

SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences’ deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate.

The Ultimate Concert-Charanams

Friday, July 22, 2011;
Venue: The Greene Space, New York, New York

Charanams recently won The WNYC Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs – a city wide battle of the bands with over 500 entrants!

To celebrate their win, the Greene Space presented a featured concert of Charanams.
In this exclusive concert, Charanams performed the original compositions of Nivedita ShivRaj that were based on Indian ragams, blending Carnatic style with elements of Jazz.

Nivedita ShivRaj – Veena
Samyuktha ShivRaj – Vocals
Jason Goldstein – Jazz Guitar
Marcus Cummins – Jazz Saxophone
Tripp Dudley – Cajon, Frame Drums
Advait Shah – Tabla

Target First Saturday Concert

Vishnu Concert, July 02, 2011 at Brooklyn Museum of Arts, New York

RagaChitra’s talented vocalists teamed up with Charanams, the carnatic jazz band to present rare carnatic compositions on Vishnu, blending carnatic music with elements of Jazz. The concert was a part of the Target First Saturday Concert series, celebrating the exhibition ”Vishnu- the blue skinned savior” at the Brooklyn Museum.

Samyuktha ShivRaj, Janani Kannan, Amrita Rajagopal – Vocal
Nivedita ShivRaj -Veena
Marcus Cummins – Saxaphone
Jason Goldstein – Guitar
Advait Shah-Tabla

Battle of the Boroughs

Ultimate Battle of Boroughs

June 17,at The Jerome L.Greene Performance Space, New York

Charanams won the Queens Battle of the Boroughs to represent Queens at the Ultimate Battle among the five boroughs of New York City.

SPRING STOP ‘N’ SWAP,May 07, 2011

Arbor Festival at Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, NY; May 01, 2011

Venue: The Jerome L.Greene Performance Space

“Charanams” presented Carnatic Jazz in the Battle of the Boroughs, Charanams was the only Carnatic Jazz band in the competition.

Nivedita ShivRaj – Veena
Sam ShivRaj – Vocals
Jason Goldstein – Jazz Guitar
Marcus Cummins – Jazz Saxophone
Tripp Dudley – Cajon, Frame Drums
Advait Shah – Tabla

India Talks – Live TV Show, January 25, 2011

● Carnatic Jazz at Shrine,NY October, 29 2010

● Carnatic Jazz at Shrine,NY June 25 2010

● QPTV, March 26, 2010

● RagaChitra Anniversary, Saturday, December 12, 2009

● Con Edison Composers’ Residency Concert at Flushing Town Hall.Charanams premiered their production “Mystic Earth”.

Flushing Town Hall, November 08 2009

● Recoup Lounge, Friday, November 13, 2009

● October 08 2009; Think Coffee, New York, NY.

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