The Historic Old Church

Come on in to The Historic Old Church! We are a public events and performance venue located in downtown Portland’s cultural West End district. This historic jewel is a remarkable community space, home to concerts, lectures, ceremonies and receptions. In fact, we host a free noon sack lunch recital every Wednesday! Read below for our latest updates, click on Calendar to check out what’s happening here, and sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss our great events!

Diwali at The Old Church! Mantra Workshop 10/22; Indian Music Fusion Concert 10/25 and Diwali for Kids 10/26

Diwali General


with Nadaka & Gopika

Thursday 22 October 7 to 9 PM

“Bringing to life the mantras as they have been passed down for centuries these two unique artists offer us the genuine Indian experience” The Ahmedabad Veda Foundation

This workshop introduces students to the chanting of Vedic mantras and the beautiful musical language of India with an approach that seeks to simplify and make comprehensible this spellbinding art. Participants explore through collective singing the power of sound and its purifying influence on our being and environment.

Nadaka and Gopika offer a simple way for all, even those with no prior experience, to learn these mantras so they can become an integral part of your spiritual practice; In Meditation, in Hatha Yoga, in your daily life.

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featuring 11 year old Keshava on percussion

Saturday, October 25 at 7:00pm

A refined music performance that draws inspiration from various Indian styles, these musicians offer us Vedic Chants, Hindustani and Carnatic music with occasional jazzy modes that blend seamlessly. Performed in a contemporary setting with a neat sound and subtle lighting, the show not only features individual virtuosity but above all, depth and emotion, as the audience gets immersed in the inner soul of music or lifted through moments of percussive fusion.

“Sacred chants and Ragas of India, subtle music and delicate guitar sounds. Nadaka and Gopika’s music and stage presence carries a dynamic and meditative quality that certainly uplifts and lightens the soul  - the Hindustan Times

  “Percussion prodigy Keshava makes his Tabla talk. His performance seems like a joyful game  and yet he plays such intricate rhythms with the feel of a seasoned professional ” Times of India 

$15 pre – $20 at door


Sunday, October 26 – 2:30 to 5 PM

$5 per person

To celebrate Diwali or the Hindu “Festival of Lights” The Historic Old Church is presenting an afternoon of events for kids including crafts, stories, and songs. DJ Anjali will also be on hand to teach and host a Bollywood Dance Party.

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of the Hindu calendar, and is celebrated with much joy and excitement in India. The third day of this five day festival is called “Diwali” or “Festival of Lights.” On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Lakshmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings.

2:30 to 3:30   Arts and Craft  3 tables with craft activities                                                            - Draw and Decorate Lakshmi and Saraswati Goddess of wealth and Knowledge                    - Learn how to draw Diwali Mandala Designs -  Rangoli and Kolam                                           - Make a Diwali Paper Lamp -  Origami

3:30 to 4:00  Diwali stories and songs

4:00 to 5:00  Bollywood Dance   Lesson with Anjali DJ followed by dance party with Anjali & the Kid

Learn to dance like a Bollywood star in a flash! DJ Anjali has been Portland’s primary advocate and dance missionary for the many varied electronic sounds of the South Asian/desi diaspora. She introduced “bhangra” & “Bollywood” to the dance floors of Portland with her debut in 2000. Well known as dance floor instigators, she and her partner, The Incredible Kid, will teach the steps and have you dancing like a Bollywood star in no time.



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