Nisha: Weaving and bearing Witness for the People

23 Oct

Nisha Purushotham was born in New Delhi and raised in New England. Over the past 20 years she has lived in Oxford, England, Bangalore, India, rural North Carolina, New York, Providence and Boston. Reflecting these experiences, Nisha’s cultural identity and music are shaped by many influences. She is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and percussionist of North Indian and Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions. As an artist-in-residence she has engaged people of all ages in drumming and singing workshops that build community and cultivate creative expression As a musician, Nisha weaves together these varied experiences to create performances that feature percussive piano playing, melodic world percussion, and text that bear witness to the people, land, and movements she has experienced in India and the Americas.

Nisha composed and performs music for Door of No Return, an original play by award winning performance artist Nehassaiu DeGannes, about American stories of immigration, displacement and resistance. In March 2010, Door of No Return will be featured at the “How Many Slaves Do You Own” conference of Engrenage Noir/Project Levier at the Montreal Arts Interculturels. Nisha also appears on the 2008 release Ravengirl of Rhode Island singer-songwriter Kristi Martel.

Nisha’s debut release Living Water (2008) is available for purchase at the conference and also www.nishapurushotham.com.

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