For the fifth week of The Rubin Daily Offering, musicians from the artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive join the Rubin’s Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement Aidan Young to explore lessons in impermanence from the Museum’s art collection and how uncertainty can fuel inspiration in our lives.
In this episode, Aidan Young introduces a thangka painting of Saraswati, a goddess of learning, music, and aesthetics. Then Roopa Mahadevan offers a teaching on resilience and performs a musical piece from the raga Kalyani.
Brooklyn Raga Massive is an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and raga inspired music. Praised by the Wall Street Journal for “expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean” and dubbed the “leaders of the raga renaissance” by the New Yorker, the fun-loving members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective have made huge waves for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” (New York Times). Brooklyn Raga Massive is dedicated to education, engaging in workshops, in-school programs, private teaching, and various community activities to share their love for music.
Aidan Young is the assistant manager of digital engagement at the Rubin Museum of Art. In addition to overseeing the Museum’s social media platforms, he spearheads marketing initiatives.