Lecture at the LACMA Bing Theater
Inspired by LACMA's Mughal art collection, tabla artist Robin Sukhadia will present a multimedia lecture focused on the portrayal of Mughal culture in the Bollywood epics Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). Through film clips and musical excerpts, he will contextualize Mughal history and aesthetics, and examine their importance to India’s post-colonial narratives and modern identity. Special emphasis will be placed on each film’s music composers, Naushad and A. R. Rahman. The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a live musical performance by SADUBAS, a duo consisting of Robin Sukhadia and DJ Ameet Mehta. They will be accompanied by trumpeter Clinton Patterson.
Robin Sukhadia holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been studying tabla under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for the past twelve years. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India.