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Music for the Dusk and After

A two-part session of Chaturprahar will present classical ragas at the time meant for them

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: September 8, 2012 1:54:42 am

A two-part session of Chaturprahar will present classical ragas at the time meant for them

One of many unique features of Indian classical music is the tradition of presenting specific ragas at a certain time of the day to bring out its musical glory. There are some ragas that are best enjoyed in the early hours,others that appeal in the evenings,and some that are magnificent in the midnight hour.

On Saturday evening,the Experimental Theatre of National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA),Mumbai,will showcase this unique feature of Indian music in a two-part session titled “Chaturprahar — An experience of dawn to dusk ragas”.

The day-long event will explore the relationship of ragas with their diurnal time cycles or time zones (prahars). Speaking on this initiative,

Suvarnalata Rao,head – programming (Indian nusic),NCPA,says,“Indian music must be enjoyed in its pristine form — just the way it was written and meant to be performed. This year’s focus at Chaturprahar is on the sunset to sunrise ragas. These days,many late-night ragas are either performed earlier or not heard at all.”

The first session (5.30 pm to 8 pm) will be performed by Hindustani vocalists Jayateerth Mevundi and Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. This session will present ragas associated with the first and second quarter of the night (after sunset).

The second session (8.30 pm to 11 pm) will see vocalists Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha take the stage,followed by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. This concluding session will see ragas befitting the third and fourth quarter of the night.

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