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What is the meaning of the term "Desi"?

'Desi" refers to someone who is from India or the Indian subcontinent. This term comes from the word Desh/Des from the Hindi language meaning country or homeland. The term originally has historical roots from the Sanskrit word "Deshah," which also means country or homeland.

Membership requirements:

You must be 18 yrs or older to join this group and attend our meetups. Membership to DesiTunes is primarily targeted for musicians in Los Angeles interested in performing Desi/Indian music.
If you only wish to stay informed about the activities of this group or attend our events as a listener (non-performer) please consider joining our Facebook Page.

Our goal is to network Desi/Non Desi musicians in Los Angeles and to offer opportunities for individual & group performances, discussions etc during our meetups and events. If you are a new member you must attend the very first meetup after you join to confirm/retain your membership. Members are expected and encouraged to actively participate by attending events organized by DesiTunes.

Membership Dues:

Upon sign up, each new member will be on 60 days free Trial period where they get a chance to attend & perform during one meet by paying the cover charges. Once the 60days free trial period expires, will remove any unpaid member from this group. To avoid this, new members interested in continuing the membership are encouraged to pay membership dues before their 60 days free trial period expires.

Membership due $5/month is charged via credit card after the 60days free trial period. All payments including membership dues & cover charges once paid are non refundable.
Payments are processed via and leadership team has no control over the retention of unpaid members. We highly recommend opting in for 'Automatic Payment' to avoid any unexpected discontinuance of membership dues.

Requirements to perform during our meetups:

We are focused on promoting Desi/Indian music. Members are expected to plan their performances accordingly by selecting songs in Desi/Indian languages. Members may perform unplugged, with Karaoke or Live musical instruments.

Performance opportunities are strictly reserved for members of this group. Due to the nature of our meetups and venue restrictions, members are discouraged from bringing children under 12 years to our events.

Each meet will be of 3-4hrs duration and will have the following segments.
1. New members introduction: We start our meet with "New member's Introduction Segment" where each new member will be given an opportunity for one solo performance.

2. Performances by existing members: Existing members are encouraged to collaborate with other members to perform during meetups.

3. Open mic for members (based on available time): If time permits there will be an Open mic segment where interested members may perform additional songs.

Performances during New & Existing members segment will be based on a Setlist. Members are requested to inform their song selections beforehand to be added to the Setlist. This helps to avoid song repetitions and provide a fair performance opportunity to each member of this group.

Please note, Guests accompanying the RSVP'd members are discouraged from performing during our meetups to provide a fair opportunity for existing members. If guests are interested in performing, they are encouraged to sign up for membership to perform in future meets.

Members are expected to inform the leadership team ahead if there are any specific audio requirements.
Members who wish to perform with karaoke are encouraged to use only high quality tracks. Poor quality tracks spoils listening pleasure when amplified. You may email the track ahead in MP3 format to "". You may also connect your Smart Phones, USB flash drives to our sound system to play the karaoke tracks (No CD's)
In case of live performances with musical instruments, members must bring required cables/adapters to connect to the sound system.

Meetup participation rules:

Members are expected to RSVP when the organizers announce an event. RSVP 'Yes' only if you are committed to attending an event. A 'Yes' RSVP should be treated like any other commitment you would make. If you respond Yes and then you change your mind, please change your RSVP accordingly at the earliest or within 24hrs of the event.

We usually plan the meetups in restaurants or venues with limited/ maximum allowable number of attendees, do not RSVP 'Yes' and take the available spots unless you are committed to attend.

Members are encouraged to meet the Organizers while attending an event so we know who is in our group. Take a moment to get to know other artists and their work. This group is aimed at networking artists who share a common bond for Indian music.

What to expect from this meetup group?

Expect to meet other accomplished and aspiring artists from Los Angeles interested in Desi music.
Expect an opportunity to showcase your talent either individually or with other members during our meetups.
Expect different activities during the meetup other than singing/performing such as Music discussions, Talks by accomplished artists from the industry, opportunity to collaborate and perform with other members of the group etc

Above all, if MUSIC is your thing then expect to have a fabulous time during our meetups!

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About Desi Tunes January 6, 2015 11:32 PM anonymous

Culver City, CA

Founded Jan 8, 2011

About us…


DesiTunes, Anupama Damodaran, Ganesh Venkat, Karan, Manjula Venugopal, Pooja, Ramesh Khurana, Ravi Raghavan, Rosh

This Meetup is community funded


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  • Provide supplies or equipment
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