Red Baraat’s Brooklyn Mela

Red Baraat brought their first ever MELA to the esteemed stages of Celebrate Brooklyn on July 7, 2016. Co-curated by Sunny Jain, the evening brought together some of the top South Asian artists in the US: Karsh Kale Soundsystem, DJ Rekha, Heems (from the rap group Das Racist), Bhi Bhiman, Falu and Shilpa Ray.  Thousands rocked all night long and there was a surprise appearance by Top Chef judge and model, Padma Lakshmi, during an impromptu dance off on stage. Find more pics HERE.


Red Baraat Festival of Colors 2016

Madame Gandhi

March 20 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle feat. DJ Prashant (Tix:
March 24 – The Sinclair, Boston (Tix:
March 25 – The Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia (Tix: )
March 26 – The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.(Tix: )
March 27 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York City (Tix: )



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Red Baraat Festival of Colors 2015


Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi, which is marked by public gatherings of families and strangers sharing songs, dance, and the exchange of ‘colors’ –colorful dry powder or colored water playfully thrown amongst the crowds of revelers.

The 2015 festival will be held:

3/5 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theater

3/6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

3/8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

The 2015 festival will include a screening of Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, the film by award-winning filmmaker Prashant Bhargava with score by Grammy-nominated composer Vijay Iyer. Rupa and the April Fishes, a San Francisco-based global alternative band who are known for their blend of sounds ranging from roots to neoclassical, and the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective that serves to bring awareness to the rising population of independent musicians playing in the melodic framework of Indian Raga in Brooklyn.

The first Red Baraat Festival of Colors happened in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Since then, the annual event has expanded to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and New Orleans. Each year, bandleader and dhol player, Sunny Jain, curates a night of music and art highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America in a range of styles and mediums. The diversity of the line ups have included DJ Rekha, Falu and her live band (Deep Singh, Dave Sharma, Mark Tewarson, Gaurav Shah), Mandeep Sethi, Vandana Jain, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Deepa Jain’s Bellydancers and Ushka.

Watch the Premiere of Sunny Jains NPR Commissioned 100+ BPM

We are so pleased to show your NPR’s short-film of the premiere of Sunny Jain’s 100+BPM, which happened on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21, 2014. Click the photo below to bring you to the video. We’ve re-posted NPR Producer Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered report from June 22 here, which captured this day so well. So many people came together to make this premiere possible and we can’t overstate our gratitude to all.


From Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered:  

“We put out a call and they came — by the hundreds. When we invited wind, brass and percussion players to join us yesterday in Brooklyn to perform a world premiere byRed Baraat‘s Sunny Jain for the annual Make Music New York festival, we were hoping that lots of different kinds of musicians would join us. And boy, did they ever.
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Festival of Colors 2014

Big Announcement! Our NYC Festival of Colors show scheduled for this Friday March 28 has been moved to The Highline Ballroomon Friday April 11. Any tickets bought for the Gramercy will be honored at Highline. (An off broadway production of a Janis Joplin musical took over the theatre and forced all currently booked things to move. Thanks Janis!) The Highline is great, and we hope to see you there. And we hope to see you at Underground Arts in Philadelphia on Thursday March 27 and at Hamilton Live in DC on Saturday, March 29.