"The Experience"

The Experience, a short TV series, aims to  showcase South Asian art being produced outside of the Indian subcontinent, presented on a major video hub (Youtube/Vimeo/Hulu or PBS/Smithsonian/National Geographic). This collaborative series aims to highlight different art mediums and encourage upcoming artists, and challenge the normal and accepted ways art is currently viewed/consumed. It focuses on highlighting a lesser known face of South Asia, via qawwali and other traditional/folk arts. 

The interfaith philosophies presented in Qawwali, or the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim ideas in the Kathak, or the classic bandhishes (pieces) played on the Sarod/Sitar, all represent the oft-ignored beauty and maturity of South Asia . With South Asia's inherent complexities, the art goes to show the diversity of its people. The traditional art forms explored will aim to entertain yet also educate the viewership at the same time.

The initiation is currently slated for Spring 2017, with hopes to have it air late 2017 or Spring 2018.

Opening of Locating the Sacred, NYC 2012. Riyaaz Qawwali's NYC debut.

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