Ranchos Folclóricos Sonhos e Juventude de Portugal: Portuguese Dance Group The Portuguese Club of Mineola was founded in the late 1920s. Today the club is not only a place for the community to gather but is also where the younger generation learns about Portuguese culture. Nearly fifty children, ages four to thirteen, participate in Sonhos and twenty-four […]

Photo: Dr. Rohini Ramanathan

Dr. Rohini Ramanathan: Indian Classical Musical Vocalist, Writer Rohini Ramanathan of Oceanside, NY, is a traditional and trained Indian classical singer, an art she learned from renowned musicians in New Delhi, India, and her own mother, an award-winning and university-trained musician. Coming from a musical family, she began her formal lessons at age eight, and […]

Photo: Rathi Raja

Rathi Raja and the Young Indian Culture Group: South Asian Indian Educator & Storyteller Rathi Raja was born in Ambala, India in the northern state of Haryana to parents from the southern state of Kerala. The family moved frequently since Rathi’s father was in the Air Force, and Rathi grew up fluent in three languages—Tamil, […]

Photo: Satya Pradeep

Satya Pradeep: Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi Dance Teacher and Performer Satya Pradeep is a well-known New York area Classical Indian dancer and choreographer. Her dance forms include Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, traditional classical styles which originated from the South Indian States of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Satya Pradeep was born in the Southern Indian province of […]

Rahel Musleah: Indian Jewish Storyteller There are many immigrants who recall the experiences that brought their families to the United States. Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India. Her family is originally from Baghdad, Iraq. She traces her roots in India to 1820. After India gained independence from the British and Israel became a state, […]

Photo: Ina McNeil

Ina McNeil: Native American Educator by Nancy Solomon Ina McNeil was born on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She is the great great granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, the legendary Hunkpapa Lakota warrior. Her traditional name is Scarlet Whirlwind Woman or Wamni-Umni-Luta-Wi, a name given to Ina by her great grandfather Henry […]

Photo: Debbie Lynch

Debbie Lynch: Irish Stepdancer The Irish community on Long Island is one of the largest ethnic groups in the region. Since the late 1800s, when Irish immigrants first came to the United States, there have been Irish laborers, farmers and other tradespeople who have called Long Island home. Although many first made their homes in […]

Sejal Kukadia: Tabla Player and Teacher Sejal was born and raised in upstate New York, the daughter of Indian immigrants, where she was surrounded by traditional Indian musical instruments. Over the years, she has grown to become the only female classical tabla soloist in the United States. Although her family had no musical specialties, she […]

Photo: Kenahora

KENAHORA: Klezmer Musicians KENAHORA is composed of several musicians who have been preeminent in the world of klezmer music, bringing their unique brand of music to audiences far and wide. With collectively over 150 years of performing to their credit, the members of Kenahora are truly all-stars and mentors to both musicians and audiences alike. Ken […]