2017 Raga Marathon @ Brookfield Place New York, New York [19 May]

2017 Raga Marathon

08:00 - 23:59

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Brookfield Place New York
230 Vesey Street, New York, New York 10281
May 19: 8am — Midnight

It’s a first in Festival history: A marathon devoted entirely to… ragas! Brookfield Place will host this FREE-ADMISSION all-day event in the Winter Garden at 230 Vesey Street. In Hindustani classical music, melodies and modalities are thought to reach full potency at a particular hour, in tune with the Earth on its axis. On Friday, May 19, ragas will flow from morning until midnight at Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden. At 8 AM, Debashish Bhattacharya, one of the world’s pre-eminent slide guitarists, begins the Marathon with a raga specifically for early morning. At noon, the sarodist Anupam Shobhakar performs a raga made for midday; at 5 PM, a power trio of guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and percussionist Dan Weiss takes over with an early evening raga; and Bhattacharya returns at 7.

Silent cinema comes back to NYGF, as part of the Raga Marathon, with an 8:30 PM screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score composed especially for the Festival by guitarist Rez Abbasi and performed by his quartet. The movie’s based on a story found within the Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata. Capping the event, DJ Rekha, who brought Bhangra to SoHo, spins an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop from 10:30 until midnight. Her special guests include dancers, a VJ, dhol drummers and other Indian percussionists. Guitarists from the day will sit in, too.

Rest, relax, and reflect in our meditation lounge under the shelter of The Roof on May 17-18, 10am-6pm and May 19, 8am-6pm.

Le District will have late night drink specials for the Raga Marathon: $7 house rosé and $5 Kronenbourg beers from 10pm to close!

Run of show:

8 AM – 9 AM

Morning Raga

Performing: Debashish Bhattacharya

Noon – 1 PM

Noon Raga

Performing: Anupam Shobhakar & & Dan Weiss

5 PM – 6 PM

Early Evening Raga


Gyan Riley, guitar

Krishna Bhatt, sitar

Dan Weiss, tabla

7 PM – 8 PM

Evening Raga

Performing: Debashish Bhattacharya

8:30 PM – 10 PM

WORLD PREMIERE: A Throw of Dice Silent — Film with Live Music

Performing: Rez Abbasi Quartet

10:00 PM – Midnight

Performing: DJ Rekha, with special multimedia guests. Guitarists featured earlier in the Marathon will sit in.

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Debashish Bhattacharya — This slide guitar master’s 2017 CD, Hawaii To Calcutta, celebrates the life & music of Hawaiian guitar legend Tau Moe, imbuing island pop with traces of the mystery in ragas.

Rez Abbasi — Currently a leader of at least four ensembles, guitarist Rez Abbasi explores the intersections of jazz-rock, Carnatic music of South India, and the on-going influence of Jim Hall.

DJ Rekha — The founder of Basement Bhangra, DJ Rekha introduced Punjabi folk music & dance to the NYC club scene, seamlessly blending South Asian traditions with house and hip-hop.

Krishna Bhatt — Sitar master Krishna Bhatt studied with Ravi Shankar. Specializing in Rajasthani ragas & folk melodies from Northern India, he divides the year between NYC and his native Jaipur.

Anupam Shobhakar — Equally at home in worldbeat and Indian classical, Anupam Shobhakar plays sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries, and jams with NYC jazz musicians.

Gyan Riley — Composer/guitarist Gyan Riley erases boundaries between jazz, contemporary classical, and Asian music. He’s recorded with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain on their CD Melismantra.
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