April 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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.
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.
Please visit the festival site