Śhūnya’s Collective

RUSH DORSETT

Rush Dorsett is a singer and voice coach who is on a mission to use sound healing as a tool to support people in connecting with their passion and life’s purpose.  Her work incorporates vocal toning, mantra, and guided “sound visualizations,” which allow one to heal emotional blocks, reduce stress, and experience increased creativity, clarity, self-expression and freedom.

In addition to her work in sound healing, she is an active musician currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she sings both classical and contemporary styles.  She received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is also a certified Tantra Yoga instructor and reiki practitioner.

To book a free, 30 minute introductory sound healing session, you can email her at rush@thedharmacircle.com

 

ASHUTOSH ARYAN BARHOI

My father is an musician and my whole family is involved in music and arts… My grandpa is called “Bon geetor ujah” (wizard of Bon geet, assamese folk music).  My father works as a radio artist and stage show performer.  I got inspired in music and cinematography by my family and started to work from home itself… I learned Filmmaking and Photography from Google and YouTube.  I recently completed a film entitled ‘Dream Shoes’ about the slum cities of India, which is soon to be released.  I work as a Freelancer and can be contacted via Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gmefreelancers/

 

RIMI BASU

Rimi Basu, an Indian-American pop singer, represents a unique and versatile addition to the music industry.  An ex-medical school student who defied Indian-American societal expectations to run away to India and become a musician, she has since completed two music albums and toured around the world with her unique artistic vision.  Trained in Indian classical music, dance classes virginia and dance from a young age, as well as an accomplished belly dancer, her unique selling proposition is the combination of Indian Band, music and dance in her live performances.

While living in India, Basu trained with renowned musicians and pundits of Indian music, including Ajoy Chakrobarty in Kolkata, India at his school, Srutinandan.  However, her love affair with the Indian arts started from a young age, as she was trained in Indian classical music and dance and had a deep affinity for the Indian arts and entertainment.  The daughter of Indian Immigrants-turned Washington bureaucrats from Calcutta (Kolkata, as it is known in their homeland), she grew up negotiating multiple selves: One who attended an Indian Language School that her father founded in Washington DC and actively learned Indian classical music and dance, and another, who avidly listened to hip hop, R&B, and American pop with her Black, Asian, Latin, and White peers.  These influences culminate in her music, which reflects her own multi-faceted upbringing and identity.  Basu produced two albums in India, The Unveiling (2006) and Crossing Over (2009), which received acclaim and a high demand for performances in India.  Her hit song and music video “Maahiya” topped Indian music charts in the Indian pop category and received Bestseller status.  Thereafter, she performed across India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States at various venues including the Kennedy Center, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and Mehboob Studios in India.  Among her awards include two Homewood Arts Certificates in Music and Dance; Completion of “Ranga Pravesham” in Indian Classical Dance by Nrityalaya Academy, 1st place in AIMREC Competition, the only US Indian music and dance competition.

Rimi has now found herself back in the United States to propagate her unique brand of Indian fusion through forming a world music and dance collective called Shakti.  Her goal has been and will continue to be increasing appreciation for Indian music and culture through unique and experimental fusion with Western styles.  A talented and dynamic singer and dancer of various styles, ranging from Indian classical to R&B and pop, her unique brand of cultural fusion engages and intrigues a broad range of listeners.  Her trademark style of blending Indian and belly dance with vocals in her performances has kept audiences in awe worldwide.  She is also quite possibly one of the most adventurous Indian-Americans raised in the USA.

 

 

SHAKTI ARTS FOUNDATION

Shakti Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering authentic self-expression in diverse communities through dance, voice, yoga, and interpersonal communication.

The word “Shakti” denotes the feminine force which gives birth to the diversity of the world – it is in this diversity we see that all is one.  And it is through connection with one another and with ourselves that we discover the binding force between all that is seemingly “different.”

Shakti celebrates expression of this diversity through many modalities and strives to bring Eastern values of community and non-duality to the West.  Shakti recognizes that every body and mind is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to self-expression.  Our goal is to empower all students with their natural potential for creative expression and encourage innovative approaches to traditional styles.

Our regional and international event partners have included: ASHA for Women, Covenant House, Sanlaap India, Swayam for Women, Missionaries of Charity, and more.

http://www.rimibasu.com/