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Rasa - Flavors and Melodies of South India
Rasa - Flavors and Melodies of South India

Rasa - Flavors and Melodies of South India

Enjoy a summer evening with the culinary and musical flavors of south India at the beautiful Ojai Retreat.

Time & Location

Aug 19, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

About the Event

Enjoy a summer evening with the culinary and musical flavors of south India at the beautiful Ojai Retreat.

The Ojai Retreat is proud to announce an exquisite event that combines the culinary and musical richness of South India. Join us on Saturday, August 19th, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, for a captivating Indian Dinner and Concert, where the mesmerizing flavors of Rasā cuisine and the soul-stirring melodies of South India will converge in a celebration of culture and art.

Nestled in the serene beauty of Ojai, the Ojai Retreat will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of cultural exploration and artistic excellence. Guests will be transported to the vibrant landscapes of South India through an array of delectable dishes that exemplify the essence of Rasā flavors, meticulously crafted by the talented Food Artist, Teena Adityan.

Adding to the ambiance, the evening will be adorned with the enchanting musical prowess of Gopal Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., a renowned Vocalist, and Kathleen Robertson, an accomplished Violinist. Their harmonious melodies will fill the air, infusing the night with the spirit of South India and creating an atmosphere of pure magic.

"We are thrilled to host an evening that celebrates the beauty and richness of South Indian culture through both its culinary and musical traditions," says Vadivel Sreedar, Events Coordinator at the Ojai Retreat. "This event is a testament to our commitment to providing unique and culturally enriching experiences to our community."

The Indian Dinner and Concert event is open to all who wish to indulge in an authentic cultural experience. Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies and rhythms while savoring the tantalizing flavors of South India. The event will take place at the Ojai Retreat located at 180 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA.


Vocalist :

Gopal, an Ojai resident, is currently a professor at Antioch University and has taught Indian classical music and performed in the US,UK and India. He studied music with his mother who was herself a musician and student of renowned artists such as DK Pattammal and Dr. S. Ramanathan. He has offered several  programs worldwide and sees it as a way of contributing towards music appreciation, music making, and understanding of the culture.


Kathleen Robertson is an Ojai violinist who is known for her versatility of style in many musical genres. She is the founding member of the Ojai String Quartet and has  performed as Concertmaster at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood for 20 years.  She has performed on hundreds of critically acclaimed recordings for leading artists and  has shared the stage with world renowned  musicians.  Through it Kathleen's performances bring a musical honesty and integrity to her audience that is apparent in whatever style she plays.

Food Artist: 

Ojai resident Teena Adityan curates heirloom recipes from different south indian regions and crafts them with local seasonal produce. She mostly works with indigenous ingredients and spices for creating mindful eating experiences that vitalizes the body, mind and soul. She enjoys learning about food cultures and critically explores the role of nourishing food in everyday modern living.

Pre-registration required by Sunday, August 13th. Sorry, no walkins.

Tickets : 

$50 (General Admission)

$40 (Seniors and Students)

About the Ojai Retreat:

The Ojai Retreat, nestled in the serene hills of Ojai, is a haven for those seeking solace and inspiration. With a commitment to providing transformative experiences, the retreat hosts a variety of events that celebrate culture, art, and personal growth.

Donations are also welcome from those unable to attend the event but still wish to contribute to this worthy cause. Visit to contribute!


  • 1 hour

    Heirloom Indian Vegetarian Dinner

    Waterfall Garden

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

    Interactive Lecture/Demonstration followed by a Karnatic Concert

    Living Room


  • General Admissions

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  • Seniors & Students

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  • Staff Tickets

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  • Complimentary Guests

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  • Concert Only

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