The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) this week launched India Music Week in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. With support from founding partners Gracenote and the Internet Archive, ARC will celebrate Indian music and culture October 6th - 13th.
In 2011 ARC launched the first World Music Day to celebrate Islamic music and culture. The project was awarded the Innovative Uses of Archives Award by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. In 2012, ARC hosted Brazilian Music Day, acquiring and cataloging more than 20,000 Brazilian recordings.
This week's India Music Week kicked off with thousands of dancing participants who broke the Guinness World Record for "Largest Bhangra Dance" at South Street Seaport.
India Music Week will offer concerts, seminars, lectures, and art displays and a wealth of research resources to highlight the cultural importance of Indian music. Information and program schedules can be found on the event website.
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