Crossroads Music's Raga Samay Festival will conclude with "Keeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settings," an informal discussion reflecting on how the weekend’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 United States, and other countries, and who represent a variety of generational and geographical backgrounds. The session will include time for audience questions and be followed by a short reception.
In the past, Hindustani classical music has been rooted in local traditions and patterns of daily and seasonal life. Most *ragas *are ideally performed at specific times of day or year, and gharanas—many named after the towns where their founders lived—were passed down by disciples receiving instruction within their gurus’ households. However, the last century has changed how people (and which people) learn, perform, and listen to music of all genres. Technological, social, political, and economic developments have all affected musical culture in South Asia, while migration and globalization have created a worldwide audience and concert circuit including expatriates, their children and grandchildren, and many people with no personal connection at all.
Allyn Miner (moderator), University of Pennsylvania
Robert Browning, World Music Institute, New York
Samir Chatterjee, Chhandayan
Nayan Ghosh, Sangit Mahabharati Academy and IIT-Bombay
Enayet Hossain,** **Aimrec and Sangeetpedia
South Asia Center - University of Pennsylvania
820 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Photo: Allyn Miner, photo courtesy of the Raga Samay Festival website.