Ragamala was established in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of advancing the traditional performing arts of South Asia through exceptional programming. Since then, it has presented hundreds of concerts featuring many great names of our era. In addition, it has been serving the greater Seattle area through various outreach activities, including workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and community events.
After a brief hiatus, Ragamala was revived with a new team and leadership in 2019, and a renewed commitment to Connecting Communities through Classical Music. In addition to bringing innovative and excellent classical music events to the greater Seattle area, and establishing a global presence online, Ragamala is also a community partner and supports many local organizations through outreach and co-sponsorship of events. Ragamala is 100% volunteer driven, and is fueled by the energy of a community passionate about the music and culture of the Indian subcontinent.
Srivani Jade is a Hindustani Classical Vocalist of the Kirana Gharana. She has twice been a Visiting Artist with the Ethnomusicology Program in the School of Music at the University of Washington, and has received several grants from 4Culture as Master Artist. She has performed in India and abroad, and is Founder/Director of Gayaki Studio in Kirkland. She wishes to promote a culture of live classical music concerts in the Seattle area, and serves as President of Ragamala.
Ashish Vyas developed an early love for music from his mother Smt. Durga Vyas, a Hindustani classical vocalist and teacher in New Delhi, India. Ashish enjoys playing the tabla, slide guitar or piano in informal baithaks. He has served the mission of promoting Indian classical music previously at Basant Bahar (San Francisco Bay Area) and brings a decade of that experience to Ragamala.
Usha Rao comes from a background of technology entrepreneurship, community leadership, and a love of music. She started the Seattle chapter of the American India Foundation, and has since advised and supported the activities of many non-profit organizations such as CRY America, IAWW, DMIA etc. Her recent stint as Program Director for INKTalks put her in touch with artists, creative thinkers and doers in the Indian context, especially youth. Usha brings her networking experience, community partnership ideas, and an ever smiling and steady presence, to the role of Ragamala Secretary.
Suchitra Iyer started her musical journey at a young age, learning Carnatic music from Smt. Muthumeenakshi in Chennai, India. After a break from music–including a move to the United States, a career in Human Resource Development, and raising a family–she resumed her practice in 2015, this time learning Hindustani music from Srivani Jade in Seattle. Suchitra brings her passion for music, her expertise in grants and promotion, and her calm ‘let’s get it done’ smile to the Ragamala Fundraising Team.
Ramesh Gangolli is a founding member of Ragamala (est.1981), and brings several years of experience as Past President to the Ragamala board. Apart from a career in Mathematical education and research at the University of Washington, he also maintains a serious interest in the classical music of North India and has taught in the Ethnomusicology Program in the School of Music. He trained as a vocalist under the guidance of several well-known vocalists of India, and has also been engaged in the study of the texts of the oral repertoire of the hereditary lineages of musicians of North India.
Surya Pathak is an upcoming santoor player with a strong background in tabla and vocal music. A professor in his daily life at the UW Bothell School of Business, he finds music to be his guiding beacon in life, and he is blessed to have knowledgeable and kind teachers such as Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Kalyan Mukherjee, Shri Kuntal Roy, Smt. Srivani Jade, Dr. Sankaran Mahadevan, and Shri Vishal Nagar.
Sampada Bhalerao comes from a musical family in Pune, India. She is the founding director of the Pacific School of Indian Music in Sammamish, where she has been teaching music for over a decade. She is a classically trained sitarist and vocalist, and has performed in the Pacific Northwest as well as in India. Currently, she is guided by Dr. Vikas Kashalkar (Vocal) and Dr. Ravindra Gadgil (Sitar). Sampada brings her experience as a teacher and community organizer in two countries, to the Ragamala Board.
Sabya Das grew up in a family of musicians in Bhubaneswar, Odisha – his aunt and cousins were accomplished singers who performed in Hindustani and Odissi concerts. He is training to be a better vocalist under the tutelage of Smt. Srivani Jade, after a decade long break as he worked to figure out the worlds of business and technology (his other passions). Sabya has experience of working as a strategy consultant and technology leader, and has advised other non-profit boards plan for their strategic initiatives and operations through the Taproot Foundation. In addition to his passion for music and desire to broaden the reach of classical music, Sabya brings his experience in organizational strategy and operations to the Ragamala Board.
Yogesh Ratnaparkhi is a Hindustani vocalist, teacher, and computer engineer. He earned his Sangeet Visharad at the age of 16, and went on train with the likes of Pt. Yashwantbuwa Joshi and Pt. Ram Deshpande in Mumbai. He continues to study Khayal with Pt. Prasad Khaparde, and brings his versatility to bear across multiple genres of vocal music. He brings his experience with competitions and performances, to craft outreach activities geared towards encouraging Youth in Classical music.
Sourish Chatterjee’s childhood in Kolkata was influenced by musicians and poets of Bengal. He grew up learning Bengali RaagPradhan and other genres of classical music like Bhajan, Ghazals from Shri Subhajit Bandyopadhyay. Currently, he is receiving guidance in Khayal from Pt. Ritesh Mishra of the Benaras Gharana. Software engineering may have brought him to Seattle, but he has established himself as a fixture in the Seattle classical music scene with his talents on multiple instruments, and a deep abiding passion for learning and understanding the music better.