Udgam is a non-profit organization founded by Marina as a platform to nurture and promote emerging artists in the field of Indian classical music. Its aim is to run workshops and stage four concerts every year, showcasing fledgeling talent as well as more established performers within the genre. The idea for the project emerged in its embryonic form many years ago during the early stages of Marinas performing career. As a young musician, she endured all the tribulations which are commonly shared by up-and-comers in any artistic pursuit; the difficulty in establishing a name, finding a performance space and gaining recognition for one's work. It was during this phase of her career that she asked herself how she could one day help ease the burden on other young artists pursuing the same journey.


The result is Ugdam. Founded in New York in 2008 with the help of Marinas students, in particular, Snehal and Vaishali, Ugdam has spent the subsequent years following through on its mission to promote Indian Classical music and afford talented young artists a platform to present their gifts to a wider audience. These young artists are usually showcased together with more well-known practitioners, in theatres as well as in the traditional baithak style, which brings the artist and the enthusiast together within an intimate setting. And in keeping with its ethos of supporting the artist, the organization also charges a nominal membership fee, which it divides up among the talent.


Since its inception, Ugdam has added chapters in Washington DC and Dhaka, with another one planned in Mumbai next year. The year 2012 also heralded the inaugural Ugdam Music Festival in Dhaka. Marinas ambitions for the project include the establishment of chapters in Chicago and Los Angeles, and the creation of an all-night concert to be held on an annual basis. Moreover, Ugdam aims to continue its efforts in promoting and celebrating Indian classical music in all its branches, in all its various stylistic forms, and in acting as a medium between the performers of the music and those who love it.


Previous events

North-South : A Musical Confluence

33 Parkway East Yonkers, New York

Udgam brings you another exciting concert where Carnatic music meets Hindustani music in one evening of celebration, harmony and melody.

Pritam and Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee - Hindustani Vocal and Tabla

Pritam Bhattacharjee is among the forefront of people who continue the teachings of Pandit Jasraj and the Mewati Gharana. He and his brother continue performing and teaching out of Atlanta, improving their art day by day.

Salem Shriram - Carnatic Vocal accompanied by the Violin and Mridangam

Salem Shriram is one of the bright prospects among the upcoming vocalists from Chennai. He is among the senior disciples of Sri. Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurti of the Carnatic discipline.

Email us at udgammusicinfo@gmail.com or call/text us at 914-715-0074 to RSVP now!

Marina Ahmad in Japan : Raga Caravan 2018


November 10th 2018, Saturday Marina Ahmad Hindustani Classical vocal concert with Bharatanatyam Dance at Shinhoin , Nishihachioji, Tokyo -http://shinshouin.or.jp/

Marina Ahmad : Vocal, Kazuto Sashihara: Tabla, Tomoko Sano: Key, Manao Doi: Guitar, Bharatanatyam Indian Classical Dance : Junko Odagiri

7th Annual Udgam Utsav

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33 Parkway East, Yonkers, New York

Udgam Utsav is arranged by students of music , for students of music. It is conducted in a group setting and is accessible for students at most levels of their musical journey. We strive to truly pass on the essence of the ragas and the fundamentals of classical music.

Send us an email at udgammusicinfo@gmail.com to learn more!

Ineffable: The Divine Spirit Within by Marina Ahmad

29TH RARITAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM Prallsville Mills Stockton, NJ http://www.raritanrivermusic.org

Marina Ahmad Tokyo Japan

A Classical Sufi concert & workshop with Marina Ahmad in Tokyo, Japan April 7th & 8 th 2018

Marina Ahmad kyoto Japan

Marina Ahmad Indian Classical concert and Workshop in Kyoto

A Classical Sufi night with Marina Ahmad

Mukul & Ghetto Tigers and Surtaal presents A Classical Sufi night with Marina Ahmad November 4 Sat 2017 19:30 – 21:00 GMT Kobi Nazrul Centre 30 Hanbury St London E1 6QR United Kingdom

An Evening of Indian Classical and Sufi music

An evening of Classical and Sufi music with Marina Ahmed Friday, October 20 at 5 PM - 7 PM 14 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Banglamotor, Dhaka, 1000 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Classical Music Rendition by Marina Ahmad

To Celebrate Multiculturalism & Multilingualism On the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2017 The Permanent Delegation of Bangladesh to UNESCO Cercle des Delegués, UNESCO House, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS CEDEX 15 6pm-8pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017

Classical Sufi Music Concert

Classical Sufi Music featuring: Marina Ahmad-Vocal Pandit Ramesh Mishra-Sarangi Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee-Tabla Presented by UDGAM New York

Classical Music Evening with Marina Ahmad

Classical Music Evening with Marina Ahmad Presented by Chittagong Arts Complex A.K.Khan Auditorium at Fulki, Chittagong Bangladesh on 4th November, 2016, Friday at 6.30 P.M.


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Raga Caravan 2016

Marina Ahmad London Tour 2015

Dec. 13th at Rich Mix Dec. 16th at Indigo Live

Marina Ahmad Dhaka Tour

Dhaka Bangladesh

Dhaka Tour Nov 5th Dhaka Club Nov 6th Gulshan Club Nov 12th Chittagong Club Nov 18th Red Shift in Gulshan

UDGAM UTSAV Hindustani Vocal & Tabla workshop

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4th Annual Udgam Utsav A Hindustani Classical Vocal & Tabla Workshop By Marina Ahmad Pritam Bhattacharjee Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee October 9 to 12, 2015 Contact : Udgamutsavinfo@gmail.com

An Enchanting Evening of Sufi & Classical Music

Magnolia Hall at Embassy Suites, 820 Crescent Center Drive, Franklin, TN

The Rhythm of Nashville and Upasana Performing Arts Center Proudly Present "An Enchanting Evening of Sufi & Classical Music" featuring Marina Alam, Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee, Justin Tracy, and Madhu Vora. Gold Sponsor level tickets available for $300 for 2 include refreshments and a meet and greet with the artists.

$50 General Admission Age limit: All ages