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April 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm
In collaboration with the Sangeet Society and the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center

America's first 24-hour Indian classical music festival in decades
“Soloists: Arati Ankalikar (vocalist), Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor), Nayan Ghosh (sitar, tabla), Steve Gorn (bansuri), Kaivalyakumar Gurav (vocalist), Allyn Miner (sitar), Snehasish Mozumder (mandolin), Sanhita Nandi (vocalist), and Kala Ramnath (violin)” ????

The 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, ten soloists from India and the US will perform fifteen consecutive concerts, each improvised within a raga (melodic system) traditionally reserved for that time of day or night. 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 that will add to the enjoyment and understanding of novices and experts alike.


  • sunset performances by top vocalists Arati Ankalikar and Kaivalyakumar Guruv
  • an unusual sunrise duet from santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya and mandolin virtuoso Snehasish Mozumder
  • 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”
  • Why a 24-hour festival?
    Hindustani music is improvised according to more than 150 ragas, each made up of a specific set of notes and a set of rules for combining them. Since this music developed in royal palaces where a performance might be desired at any moment, the Raga Samay Chakra (raga time cycle) includes music for each time of the day and night. You don’t have to be royalty to enjoy Indian classical music today, but since most concerts take place in the evening, you’ll rarely hear late-night and morning ragas at their traditional times. Even in India, 24-hour festivals are becoming less common — the Raga Samay Festival is probably the only chance most Americans will ever have to attend one.

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    Crossroads Music is in part supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, and the Spruce Hill Community Association.

    This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.