Date & Time: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6-8 PM
Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall, 238 Thompson Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10012
Registration is free! RSVP here.
In 1997, DJ Rekha (Rekha Malhotra), broughtÂ her love of bhangra and hip-hop to the New York City party scene and launched Basement Bhangra at SOBs. One of the longest-running club nights, Basement Bhangra has provided the soundtrack for a generation of diasporic South Asians, and created a progressive, inclusive nightlife experience for the past two decades.
On Thursday, July 13, just weeks before Basement Bhangraâ€™s last hurrah, we celebrate the partyâ€™s twenty-year legacy, and the communities, life-long friendships, and enduring organizations that were born on its dance floor. Featuring remarks, readings, and toasts from partygoers and fans Chiraag Bhakta (*Pardon My Hindi), Gayatri Gopinath (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis), Swati Khurana (writer/artist), Joseph Patel (Vevo), Bushra Rehman (novelist), and Greg Tate (writer/musician/producer). Guests will have the chance to share and record their own Basement Bhangra memories with the South Asian American Digital Archive.
Co-sponsored by the South Asian American Digital Archive and the South Asian Womenâ€™s Creative Collective.
Image courtesy of Basement Bhangra