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FISHMAN SPACE

Springtime Raga

North Indian classical ragas have been associated with seasons like the monsoon (rainy) season and the arrival of springtime. To this day, festivals celebrating the harvest, solstices, and regional deities are accompanied by melodies that reflect the changes in our natural surroundings, creating strong associations between music and season. Compositions set in springtime ragas often describe the onset of this much-awaited season. More fundamentally, the movement of the ragas themselves—their characteristic melodic phrases and the way these are linked to each other—are thought to evoke images of blooming, color, joy, renewal, and other characteristics of spring.

As an educator and performer of Indian classical music, I find that North Indian ragas, and particularly ragas that connect with seasons, evoke a very authentic part of what Indian classical music and culture embraces as an art form. The connection with nature and the need to quiet your own mind and body in order to deeply listen both heighten the meditative quality of the experience. The playful, smart interplay between the improvising musicians give the experience an unparallelled excitement. It all weaves together beautifully. I encourage all families to come and do the deepest listening they possibly can, while keeping their mind open to the musical colors of springtime.

—Sameer Gupta, BAMkids Parent Advisor


Springtime North Indian Raga Duets
10:30am—Sitar with Abhik Mukherjee
11:15am & 12pm—Bansuri, sitar, and tabla with Jay Gandhi, Abhik Mukherjee, and Sameer Gupta

Mitali Bhawmik Group
1:15pm, 2pm & 2:45pm—vocals by Mitali Bhawmik, tabla with Dibyarka Chatterjee, harmonium with Anish Dharam, Kathak dance performance by Ariaki Dandawate, tanpura and vocals with Shankhadip Chakrabarty and Aratrika Dey


 
Springtime North Indian Raga Duets
Springfest
 
Abhik Mukherjee, sitar

A Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana, Abhik Mukherjee was initiated to sitar at age six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, and received vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He currently lives in New York and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective, and the director of academic affairs at Chhandayan School of Music. Part of Springtime North Indian Raga Duets.



 
Springfest
 
Jay Gandhi, bansuree (Indian flute)

A multifaceted artist, Jay Gandhi is a disciple of the legendary bansuri maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. In addition to accompanying his guru on concert tours, he is a prominent solo performer of Hindustani classical flute. Through his parallel explorations in American jazz, he has performed with such greats as Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and the legendary Pharoah Sanders. Based out of NYC, Jay maintains a busy schedule of touring, teaching, and as a founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Part of Springtime North Indian Raga Duets.



 
sameer gupta
 
Sameer Gupta, tabla

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drums and Indian classical music on tabla. A co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, Sameer lives in Brooklyn and is actively involved in performing, curating, producing, and teaching through various institutions including the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and more. He has worked with great musicians including Reggie Workman, Jon Batiste, Ron Carter, Kenny Garret, Harry Belafonte, and more. Part of Springtime North Indian Raga Duets.



 
Mitali Bhawmik Group
Mitali Bhawmik Group
 
Mitali Bhawmik Group

Mitali Bhawmik has trained with Sri Ajit Dutta; Shree Biren Phukan in Guahati, Assam; Kolkata-based vocalist Srimati Meera Banerjee; and violin maestro Padmabhushan Pandit V. G. Jog. Pandit Jog’s vast experience in different musical styles helped Mitali to blend the best of several Gharanas in her music. She is currently expanding her repertoire in semi-classical music—such as Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Hori, and more—with Smt. Dahlia Rahut, a senior disciple of Smt. Girija Devi. Part of Springtime Ragas.



 
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