Crossroads Music Raga Samay Festival

6 - 7 Apr 2013
18:00:00 - 19:30:00
Drexel University Main Building

Crossroads Music's Raga Samay Festival is 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, 10 soloists from India and the United States will perform 15 consecutive concerts, each improvised within a *raga *(melodic system) traditionally reserved for that time of day or night. Presented in collaboration with the Sangeet Society and South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the festival will include vocal solo performances accompanied by *tabla *and harmonium, instrumental solo performances accompanied by tabla, and instrumental *jugalbandi *(duets), and other activities.

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”

The festival includes five concerts: evening, night, morning, day, and afternoon. Tickets are sold by the concert and the more concerts you attend, the cheaper each is. The times listed for each concert are specific and we will keep as closely to this schedule as possible.

Each concert includes three individual performances, with roughly 15 minutes at the beginning, end, and in between. Performances will take place in the order and during the concerts listed, but because the music is improvised, we can only provide estimated times.

For more information about the performances and ancillary events, visit the Raga Samay Festival website here.

Tickets: $15 to $112.50 (click here to buy tickets)

April 6–7, 2013
Drexel University Main Building
3414 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Kaivalyakumar Gurav, particpating festival vocalist.