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HEEMS/HIMANSHU SURI UPCOMING EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 2013 FROM 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

I WILL BE DJING: BENGALI HARLEM AND THE LOST HISTORIES OF SOUTH ASIAN AMERICA - VIVEK BALD BOOK EVENT

SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE

515 MALCOLM X BLVD, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Join us for a celebration of the publication of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press) by scholar and documentary filmmaker Vivek Bald. This special event will explore the little-known stories of Muslim men from the Indian subcontinent who settled in Harlem in the 1920s-50s, married Puerto Rican, African American, and West Indian women, and became a small but significant part of the neighborhood, selling hotdogs from pushcarts, opening the neighborhood’s first Indian restaurants, and interacting with Harlem’s other Muslim communities. 

Bald will read from his book, which traces out these and other early histories of Indian Muslim men who settled in places like Tremé in New Orleans and Black Bottom in Detroit. East Harlem actor/playwright Alaudin Ullah will perform an excerpt from his one-man show"Dishwasher Dreams," which focuses on the story of his father Habib, who was one of the first Bengali men to settle in Harlem. The event will also include an excerpt from "In Search of Bengali Harlem," the documentary film on which Bald and Ullah are collaborating, followed by a panel discussion and community forum with children and descendants of some of the Bengali men who settled in Harlem in the mid-twentieth century. Plus a special guest DJ set by Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, formerly of the rap group Das Racist.

Check out Schomburg exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers on view until July 6, 2013. 

On the internet: http://on.nypl.org/12jyjpY

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7 2013 FROM 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

SMOKE FOR BLUES FESTIVAL: HIMANSHU SURI (HEEMS), ASHOK KONDABOLU (DAPWELL), LE1F, PRINCE RAMA

PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH HIMANSHU SURI AND GREEDHEAD MUSIC

WHITNEY MUSEUM: 945 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY

http://whitney.org/Events/BluesForSmokeFestivalDay3

Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell)
LE1F
Prince Rama
Himanshu Suri (Heems)
Collaborators:
Chris Frierson
Alec Reinstein
DonChristian Jones
Chiraag Bhakta
Justin Hantz

Ongoing performances and artist installations will be on view throughout the day, with live music sets between 1 and 4 pm.

***For the Whitney Museum, in addition to performing a set of my music from Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom, I’ll be showing my visual art in one room on the 2nd floor. This room and my art installations it hosts are meant to be a look inside my identity, and to a extent, all of our identities in the digital age: fragmented, confused, busy, multimedia. The room will host 4 pieces of my work: a series of installations made inside vintage Indian sweet tins, a collaboration with Chiraag Bhakta (Pardon My Hindi); 60 minutes of projections to be displayed on a large wall; a slide show to be displayed on 36 x 36 canvas hung up on wall; physical installation made using yoga mats.

ALSO: 

Friday, April 5:

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco’s xyz performance will headline.

KOOL A.D. 
KOOL A.D. will perform with Amaze 88 and Loren Hell.

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THURSDAY, AGUST 1 2013 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM 

VIJAY IYER RESIDENCY AT THE STONE: AVENUE C AND 2ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY

THUMS UP: VIJAY IYER (KEYBOARDS, ELECTRONICS), KASSA OVERALL (DRUMS), RAFIQ BHATIA (GUITAR), HIMANSHU SURI (LYRICS)

I’m super honored Vijay Iyer reached out to have me do vocals with this amazing group of jazz musicians. Vijay Iyer, Kassa Overall and Rafiq Bhatia all represent the top of their game, excelling at each of their instruments - piano, drums, and guitar, respectively. For this performance, instead of my usual rap material, I’ll be reciting new poetry accompanied by music from Iyer, Overall and Bhatia.

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