We’re here to help!

Rhythm Riders Music Productions goal is two-fold

1) Promote world music and arts from the Indian subcontinent in the international marketplace, specifically in the US / Canada

2) Facilitate the creation of sustainable careers for artists

We strive to achieve these aim through a multi-pronged approach working with presenters and artists with services such as artist booking and management, South Asian programming matchmaking, visa services for the US (O and P3), and artist career consultancy.   We’re artists who understand the business of being performing artists – whether you are a musician or dancer.

We’re here to help you realize your goals.

How we got here

Created with the objective of creating sustainable careers for artists and promoting arts from the Indian subcontinent; Rhythm Riders Music Productions was founded as the production house and management company for creations by rhythm meastro Pandit Divyang Vakil and his son and world music composer Rushi Vakil. Affiliated with Pandit Vakil’s music institute – Rhythm Riders Music Institute in Ahmedabad, the company promoted Indian classical arts through performance and education. While the Vakils created high-quality accessible performances of Indian arts, contemporary and classical, the business head Heena Patel worked to build sustainable performing careers for the artists, honing her expertise as a manager, booking agent, marketer, and visa expert.

Rhythm Riders’ first artist was contemporary classical tabla ensemble Talavya. In the process of growing the band’s presence and career in the United States and Canada, the founders became acutely aware of the hurdles that prevents South Asian performing arts from being as widely represented as they could be in the international marketplace – setting the stage for phase 2 of the company.

Building on its ongoing collaborative efforts to promote Indian arts and world music, by 2014, Rhythm Riders began to more formally expand its services to artists outside of the organization. In addition to growing its booking and management roster, the organization began working with US and Canadian presenters to grow their South Asian programming (finding the right artists for their needs) and matching a larger network of artists to the rights gigs, including performances for South Asian organizations and Indian weddings. Recognizing the need for artist development, particularly with respect to understanding the business of making music, artist career consultancy are also available for artists, as well as artist (O and P3) visa services for world music artists wishing to tour the United States.

The Team

Pandit Divyang Vakil
Pandit Divyang Vakil
Pandit Divyang Vakil is renowned for his teaching excellence, composing brilliance, and commitment to his students and art. Over his 30+ year career as a guru, he has produced innumerable professionals in the world of Indian and international music. His students not only perform around the world, but also lead music institutes in many countries, the most notable being Taalim School of Indian Music in the United States.

With thousands of compositions to his name, Pandit Vakil has established a modern form of classical tabla playing. As a composer, his work has a contemporary feel while carrying the essence and richness of a classical art form. His compositions appeal to the masses and maestros. He not only creates pure tabla compositions, but has worked with various arts bringing together different instruments and art forms, including Korean drumming, standard drum kit, and more.

His compositions present a modern adaptation of classical tabla. Some his group tabla compositions include Tabla Tarkhat, Power of Tabla, Tabla Triveni and Tabla Ecstasy. Many of his group tabla compositions are performed by his contemporary classical tabla ensemble Talavya. One of his newest projects is Pradhanica – a kathak dance and world drums ensemble.

Heena Patel
Heena Patel
Heena Patel’s experience in the performing arts space, is that is of a student, teacher, choreographer, booking agent, and manager. An avid dancer since childhood, she went on to choreograph Indian dance teams that competed nationally while in high school through to college. Her interests in the arts always including education, which included teaching workshops and classes for students from the age of 5 to 65 and founding education based dance organization in college with over 100 members, while pursuing a degree in environmental engineering.

While working on sanitation issues in India after graduation, she started learning Indian classical music, particularly tabla, and soon decided to forgo a career in engineering to pursue the arts full time.

Heena stepped into the business of performing arts when she began exploring how to build US tours for Rhythm Riders’ India based artists including Korean kathak dancer Jin Won and her tabla guru’s tabla ensemble Talavya. In the process of building Talavya’s presence in the US from nothing to 2-3 tours per year for 5 consecutive years, she has assumed the role of manager, agent, marketer, visa expert, and artist (harmonium) for the ensemble as well as other Rhythm Riders’ artists.

She’s now looking forward to sharing her expertise to help more artists realize their dream of having financially viable careers as artists, while nurturing cross-cultural exchange through the arts.