Next Livewire open mic to feature violinist and composer Palini Ramnarayan

The National Indo-American Museum, which builds bridges across generations and connects cultures through the diverse colorful stories of Indian Americans, is hosting "Livewire," a monthly open mic that invites local performers, including comedians, storytellers, actors, musicians, and others to sign up and show off their talents.

The next "Livewire" on Thursday, Aug. 18, will spotlight violinist and composer Palini Ramnarayan.

It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Umang and Paragi Patel Center, 815 S. Main St. in Lombard.

You'll have 3 minutes for any kind of spoken word performance - poetry, storytelling, comedy, acting, essay reading, singing, and music. Not ready to take the mic? Come join the audience and enjoy the show! Your $5 ticket includes light refreshments and museum access.

If you would like to sign up for the open mic, email Advance signup is recommended as they schedule based on first come, first served.

For tickets, go to or at the door

Palini Ramnarayan is a versatile musician who started singing when she was five years old, training in Hindustani classical under Aparna Pai and later Saili Oak. She currently follows the traditions and style of the Jaipur Gharana. She performs frequently at temples and community events and has also worked on collaborative projects with string quartets and collegiate orchestras. She is also a trained Western classical violinist, composer, and songwriter. Palini played violin in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for four years and served as musical director of her a cappella group, Cornell Tarana, for two years. She is currently on the board of the Association of South Asian A Cappella. She is deeply passionate about intertwining her two musical cultures and spreading both genres to new audiences.

The National Indo-American Museum serves as a hub for the entire spectrum of the Indian American experience, keeping its stories alive and relevant, using fresh and innovative ways to connect with audiences. It engages generations of visitors of all communities in exploring the rich cultural heritage, long immigrant history and important contemporary developments that shape the lives of millions of Americans of Indian origin. Documenting, collecting and sharing the evolving Indian American story, NIAM's exhibitions, programs and publications nurture appreciation for the commonalities that bring together people of diverse ethnicities. Learn more at or

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