IAA Announces 2018 Season

Indo-American Association (IAA), celebrating its Silver Jubilee in 2018, announces an exciting year of events for the discerning cross-cultural audiences of Greater Houston. As in previous years, IAA offers Patron and Season Subscriptions- a great way to enjoy quality events with best seat selections and tremendous savings. To subscribe, visit www.iaahouston.com or call IAA at 832.231.3086.

IAA is working on other exciting gigs at this time and reserves the right to modify the Season by adding more events and substituting an announced event with another event.

Sat Mar 31, Stafford Center, 7:30pm, ZAKIR HUSSAIN and RAKESH CHAURASIA- a blissful traditional flute (Bansuri) concert.

Sun Apr 1, 6pm, Stafford Center Ballrooms, GALA DINNER celebrating the 25-year journey of IAA. A Silver Jubilee celebration with Zakir Hussain as the guest of honor thanking those who have made IAA a success story.

Fri Apr 27, Zilkha Hall, 7:30pm, FLAMENCO INDIA. Featuring twenty musicians and dancers from Spain and India, Flamenco India is an innovative musical journey into Indian roots of Spain’s Gypsy flamenco. With a colorful ensemble of Langa musicians from India’s Thar desert, dancers from the Indian and Flamenco traditions, flamenco guitar and singers, and a boutique western string orchestra, Flamenco India carries the magic, passion and the spiritual beauty of both the Indian and the Romani (Gypsy) cultures.

Fri May 11, Stafford Center, 7:30pm, MYSTIC INDIA. A Broadway style dance, music, and theater performance that takes you on a journey of Bollywood films as it travels through different regions of India. A stunning visual display of spectacular special effects, Mystic India is a high-energy explosion of colors!

Fri Jun 22, Stafford Center,7:30pm, BOLLYWWOD & HOLLYWOOD IN BRASS. By popular demand, IAA invites back the 26-member River City Brass Band under the baton of Maestro James Gourlay to perform masterpiece musical scores from Bollywood and Hollywood.

Sat Jul 21, Stafford Center, 7:30pm, SAPTAVARNAseven shades of Indian classical dance. An artistic creation of Padmashri Aruna Mohanty, Saptvarna showcases seven Indian classical dance forms in an integrated concert-length performance. A group of twenty dancers present the confluence of Bharatnatyam, Kuchupudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi, and Manipuri with music specifically recorded by an ensemble of more than forty musicians. Generously supported by Indian Council of Cultural Relations through Indian Consulate, Houston.

Sat Aug 4, Stafford Center, 7:30pm, MIRZA GHALIB andaaz-e-bayaan aur. Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (1797-1869), noble, poet and wit of Mughal Delhi, became something of a legend in his own lifetime. Written, directed and narrated by Salim Arif and Lubna Salim of Prithvi Theater fame, the multi-media production andaaz-e-bayaan aur brings Ghalib’s poems, writings and memoirs together in a homage to one the greatest literary icons of the Indian subcontinent. The script weaves through Ghalib’s letters, poems and anecdotes which portray his life- bitter and sweet. Celebrated composers and Ghazal singers Dattaprasad Ranade and Anjali Marathe accompanied by an ensemble of musicians sing poetry of Mirza Ghalib with a rare insight and soulful rendition to make andaaz-e- bayaan aur rise beyond a concert and become an event to savor!

Sat Sep 15, Stafford Center, 7:30pm, INDIE ROUTESbridging the generation gap. The vibrant Indie Routes band of eight young musicians founded by Aabhas and Shreyas Joshi will blow you away with their rendition of Sufi, Contemporary Folk, Bollywood, and Indie Pop music with a minimalistic orchestra that gives the full-blown orchestras a run for the money!

Sun Nov 4, Stafford Center, SHANKAR MAHADEVAN’s My Country, My Music (tentative)

IAA Celebrates Silver Jubilee in 2018

It all started in 1993 with a handful of people who believed Indian arts deserve to be presented in the same style and grandeur as the mainstream arts. These people knew they were in unchartered waters, had modest resources, but they were willing to do whatever it takes to make their dream come true.

And, so Indo-American Association (IAA) began its journey in 1993 with a capital of $2,000 donated by eight individuals– Mushtaq Azad, Sudhir Bhutani, Maqbool Haq, Raj Bhalla, Yash Dhir, Brij Bansal, Jody Bansal, Hari Dayal.

The reception from the Indian community was one of skepticism and cynicism. The viability of the newborn IAA was questioned and the pundits gave the organization six months tops!

Undeterred by the odds, IAA moved on, pushing the stated mission of promoting cultural arts of India in the American context. Happily, IAA has accomplished all it envisioned and then some. IAA is today respected in the arts community of Houston at par with mainstream arts organization. In its twenty-fiveyear journey,in over 200 concerts IAA has presented ‘who is who’ of Indian arts in multiple disciplines of music, dance, drama, and literature at mainstream Theater District venues of Houston.

IAA Board is genuinely proud of the organization’s accomplishments and feels this calls for celebration. So, 2018 is dedicated as the year of Silver Jubilee celebrations.

IAA will kick off the year with a two-day event Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1, the first day dedicated to a grand concert and the second to a Gala Dinner with an honored guest.

Mark your calendars, March 31/April 1, and join the Celebration!!


The Indo-American Association (IAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 to promote cultural arts of Indian subcontinent in the American context. Our events are targeted at multi-cultural audiences. Membership in IAA is open to anyone who shares the goals of the organization. IAA programming and audience have grown with each passing year. IAA is today regarded a first-rate cultural arts organization by Indo-Americans as well as by mainstream Americans.