Faculty-East Indian Music Academy
Dr. Pandit Ravideen Ramsamooj
Also known as Bhai Ravi, Dr. Pt. Ravideen is an accomplished and highly educated musician, teacher, priest, and founder of the East Indian Music Academy. Dr. Pt. Ravideen’s extensive knowledge of both Indian and Western music enabled him to establish the East Indian Music Academy in New York with a mission of creating an awareness and an appreciation of authentic Indian music and culture and preserving these roots. He is skilled in vocal/harmonium, sitar, tabla, sarod, violin, sarangi, santoor, and basuri.
Born in Carolina Village, Trinidad, he is the fourth of nine sons of the late Pt. Sookdeo, a Ramayan singer, and Sookdiah Ramsamooj. Dr. Pt. Ravideen got his start teaching in schools in Trinidad with his Teacher’s Diploma in Music. In 1984, he left Trinidad for India to advance his studies. Dr. Pt. Ravideen earned a B.A. with Honors and an M.A. in Hindustani Music at Delhi University. In 2012, he completed his doctorial degree in Indian Classical Music under the guidance of Dr. Madhu Bhatt Tailang from Rajasthaan University, Jaipur. His years spent in India meeting with numerous talented musicians was one of the most memorable times in his life.
Dr. Pt. Ravideen has also been a religious pioneer throughout his life. He and his brother held the first Arya Vir Dal camp in Trinidad in 1976, starting a strong Vedic Hindu youth movement. He completed the three levels of the religious examination held by Veda Niketan of South Africa and was ordained as a Vedic Hindu Priest by the Arya Prathinidhi Sabha of Trinidad in 1989. In 1990, he joined the Arya Spiritual Center in New York as a music teacher and a priest.
Pta. Bharati Ramsamooj is the Principal of the East Indian Music Academy and a foremost Pandita with the Arya Spiritual Center in New York. She epitomizes a deep commitment to moral, spiritual, social, and cultural values. Pta. Bharati was born in Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara, Guyana. She started singing Bhajans at Yajnas at the tender age of 6, the beginning of her career as a renowned singer. By age 10, she had completed the eighteen chapters of the Bhagwad Gita under the guidance of Shri Deonarineji. After graduating from the Indian Educational Trust College, she worked at Prasad’s Hospital. Pta. Bharati became very involved with the Arya Vir Dal where she participated in intensive seminars and camps. She also took part in radio programs on GBS and Radio Demerara. Pta. Bharati was considered the nightingale of Demerara.
In 1981, Pta. Bharati and Pt. Ravi got married and together they pursued studies in India. Pta. Bharati earned her B.A. in Hindi at Agra University and a Diploma in Hindi from Delhi University. She also attended Shri Ram Bharatiya Kalakendra where she studied light music under the distinguished Shelly Dutta. With her high musical, academic, and religious caliber, Pta. Bharati continues to be a strong leader and role model in the community.
Avirodh Sharma Ramsamooj