The Raga Samay Festival to Present 24 hours of Indian Classical Music in Philadelphia

Raga_Samay_2013The Raga Samay Festival will present the first 24-hour concert of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music to take place in the Western Hemisphere in decades. On April 6 and 7, 2013, ten soloists from India and the United States will perform fifteen consecutive concerts, each improvised within a raga (melodic system) traditionally reserved for that time of day or night.

The festival will present vocal solo performances accompanied by tabla and harmonium, instrumental solo performances accompanied by tabla, and instrumental jugalbandi (duets), and other activities that will add to the enjoyment and understanding of novices and experts alike.

Highlights include:

– Sunset performances by top vocalists Arati Ankalikar and Kaivalyakumar Guruv
– A unique sunrise duet dedicated to the memory of Pt. Ravi Shankar, featuring santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya (his student) and mandolin virtuoso Snehasish Mozumder (who performed with his ensemble)
– A midnight sarod solo by Alam Khan, American-born heir to a legendary family of Indian musicians
– A noon performance on flute from Steve Gorn, jazz saxophonist turned bansuri adept
– Kala Ramnath’s famous “singing violin”
– The versatile Nayan Ghosh, one of the few masters of both sitar and tabla
– Concerts by two world-class Philadelphia-area artists: vocalist Sanhita Nandi and sitarist Allyn Miner
– Philadelphia’s first screening of “Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan”
– A panel discussion on “Keeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settings”

program

Evening Concert: 6 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, April 6

Arati Ankalikar, vocalist (sunset concert)
Tarun Bhattacharya, santoor
Kala Ramnath, violin

Night Concert: 11 pm on Saturday, April 6 to 4 am on Sunday, April 7

Alam Khan, sarod
Steve Gorn, bansuri
Nayan Ghosh, sitar

Morning Concert: 4 am to 9:15 am on Sunday, April 7

Kaivalyakumar Gurav, vocalist
Tarun Bhattacharya, santoor and Snehasish Mozumder, mandolin (sunrise duet)
Arati Ankalikar, vocalist

Day Concert: 9:15 am to 2:30 pm Sunday, April 7

Kala Ramnath, violin
Steve Gorn, bansuri flute and Allyn Miner, sitar (duet)
Sanhita Nandi, vocalist

Afternoon Concert: 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm Sunday, April 7

Alam Khan, sarod and Nayan Ghosh, tabla (duet)
Snehasish Mozumder, mandolin
Kaivalyakumar Gurav, vocalist (sunset concert)

The Raga Samay Festival will conclude with . ā€œKeeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settingsā€, an informal discussion reflecting on how the weekendā€™s concerts fit into the world of Indian classical music today. Panelists will include scholars, artists, concert organizers, and teachers who have worked in India, the US, and other countries and represent a variety of generational and geographical backgrounds. Monday, April 8 at 5:00 pm at 200 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center
Free and open to the public. More information at http://www.ragasamay.org/category/panel-discussion

The Raga Samay Festival has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and is presented by Crossroads Music in collaboration with the Sangeet Society and the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center

Purchase tickets at http://www.ragasamay.org/category/tickets

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