• 18
  • 18
  • 18

About Us

SACHI is a vibrant art and cultural nonprofit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dedicated to excellence in programs, and with a vision to impart creative learning, SACHI's unique events promote the understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse landscape of Indian art, culture and heritage. We invite you to get involved by attending events, becoming a member and learning more.

Read More

Upcoming Events


What Makes a Life Worth Living: Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss. John Duberstein, Lucy Kalanithi, Elizabeth Scarboro In Conversation

Date:     Saturday, April - 28, 2018
Time:    11.45 am - 1 pm
Location:   Veterans’ Memorial Building Auditorium
1931 Center Drive, downtown Berkeley, CA

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India is honored to partner with Bay Area Book Festival In Presenting a thought provoking Panel Discussion

What Makes a Life Worth Living: Powerful Memoirs of Love and Loss

John Duberstein, Lucy Kalanithi, with moderator, Elizabeth Scarboro

In his final year of life before dying of cancer, the young neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi wrote the bestselling “When Breath Becomes Air,” probing how the mind makes meaning and why our lives matter. In her final year of life with cancer, writer Nina Riggs penned a luminous memoir, “The Bright Hour,” detailing the delicate beauty of our mortality and interrogating essential questions about how to live. Paul’s widow, Lucy Kalanthi, wrote a glowing blurb for Nina’s book. Over the months after their spouses had passed away, John and Lucy became good friends and eventually fell in love. They come to us to discuss Nina’s and Paul’s work and legacy, the act of witnessing, and what death can teach us about living and loving.

Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of April 28-29, 2018, the Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, experience one of the nation’s premier book festivals right here in the Bay Area!

For Festival details and tickets: https://www.baybookfest.org/

For inquiries, contact: info@sachi.org



The Story of the Raga: A Historical Survey of Indian Classical Music followed by a Musical Recital

Date:     Saturday, May - 12, 2018
Time:    6 pm-8.30 pm
Location:   Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

SACHI, Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India
in collaboration with Palo Alto Art Center is proud to present

Priya Purushothaman, Hindustani Vocalist, and Visiting Mumbai Artist

In a 2-part, Lecture Demonstration and Performance

Part 1: Lecture-Demonstration

The essence of Indian classical music comes down to its underpinning concept: the raga. What is a raga, and where can we trace its origins? This presentation looks at the complex multi-cultural history of Hindustani Raga music – starting from the theory of roots in Vedic chanting, and evolving to the modern day rendition of khayal, a versatile and highly imaginative form, born out of diverse musical traditions.

The talk will examine critical junctures of change and innovation in the music’s evolution, and explore the variety of musical forms that emerged and became an important part of Hindustani Classical Music vocabulary.

Part 2: Music Recital

The second half of the program will be a Hindustani Classical Music recital, presenting the traditional khayal format as well as a few examples from semi-classical forms.

Priya Purushothaman is part of the new vanguard of young and diverse Hindustani vocalists. She is a disciple of Bangalore-based guru Aditi Kaikini Upadhya. Priya has also received training from the late stalwart musician and scholar, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and and from noted vocalist, Mrs. Shashikala Kaikini. Currently she is also under the guidance of Pandit Sudhindhra Bhaumik in Mumbai. Her style captures the vibrant spirit of the Agra Gharana (lineage of music), known for sweeping melodic contours and lively rhythmic interplay.

Fees: $50 Priority Admission, reserved seating; $30 General Admission, open seating

SACHI Members receive 20% discount admission

RSVP for reservations, ticketing: info@sachi.org 650-400-3696.

Tickets can also be purchased online  with an added vendor fee.