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NYC: 7/27 @ Alwan: Fundraiser for Tiny Drops Hip Hop Center & SlumGods

Wed July 27th, 930-midnight  (Immediately after the 2nd Arab & South Asian Short Video Slam at 7pm)
Alwan for the Arts <http://www.alwanfortharts.org/>
16 Beaver St., 4th Floor (b/w broad and broadway), lower manhattan

*$7-$10 Sliding Scale*

Join us to support India-based Tiny Drops Hip Hop Community
Center,<http://tinydrops.org/>which now has locations in Mumbai and Delhi.  Under the care, vision and commitment of Netarpal ‘Heera’ Singh and the SlumGods collective, Tiny Drops has emerged as a creative hub and haven for children living in local slums, offering alternative music/dance/arts and cultural programming and events, including workshops in breaking and graffiti.

Hosted by MC MANDEEP SETHI (Zulu Nation-All Tribes/SlumGods), Representing Slum Gods as well as the global Hip-Hop scene, Mandeep Sethi is a young yet seasoned emcee/activist from Los Angeles that has shown and proven his ability to rhyme and freestyle with the best. Mandeep’s primary focus is to educate the youth about the circumstances in which we are living in while resonating ancient indigenous cultures within them, revealing the gods in all of us. From rhyming to djing, music serves as the language translating beats and words into scripts and hymns.

We will be showcasing videos of the work that is being done in India, and presenting on the Hip-Hop Collective “SlumGODS” and the ways in which they are using hip-hop culture to defy and destroy the class and caste system that has plagued the motherland.

Performance by

BROWN UNIVERSITY – the hip hop side project of the THE KOMINAS (of Taqwacore fame).


Plus guest numbers by South Bronx BBoys!

Enjoy dope videos, snacks and drinks & good vibes!


Mumbai Bgirl Ambarin in Jugaad Urbanism Film Series, NYC

Mumbai Bgirl Ambarin in Jugaad Urbanism Film Series, NYC

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/18787747]

A film by Saurabh Monga & Netarpal Singh
Based in Mumbai, a city teeming and breathing off the sounds and movements produced by Bollywood, Ambarin chronicles the journey of a young, independent Indian girl trying to define herself and a generation, by looking to sounds and inspirations beyond Bollywood and Indian borders, through a medium of dance that was born in the slums of New York. Ambarin, a soft-spoken, 21-year-old Mumbaikar, is the first B-girl (female ‘breaker’) in India. Breaking, or BBoying/Bgirling, is a dance of both grace and aggression, predominately led by males, and is an ‘underground’ subculture for youth across the globe. For Ambarin to adopt this dance as a passion, and to want to make it a career, positions her against her family and—as a Muslim—makes her explore what is accepted of her based on her religion, only to push beyond obstacles and do what she feels is true in her heart.

Discussion and Q&A to follow with Nisha Mistry.

Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, India, Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how “jugaad” interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

The work of Indian artists, including Raqs Media Collective, will also be included in the exhibition, offering insights into the complex and oft cited “messy” urbanism of India.