Ragas Live Festival 2021

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Friday, November 19, 2021 (All day)

Starting at midnight on November 19th, and running for 24 hours, WKCR is proud to be presenting the 10th annual Ragas Live Festival. Born as a 24 hour live in-studio broadcast featuring 50 musicians in 2012, the festival expanded to a live concert experience in 2016, beaming to WKCR from Pioneer Works in front of an enthusiastic live audience. During the 2020 lockdown, the Ragas Live Festival expanded once again to include the participation of 90 musicians in 15 cities around the globe including Grammy Award winning legends like Zakir Hussain (San Fransisco), Toumani Diabate (Mali) and avant-garde composer Terry Riley (Japan).

This year’s broadcast will feature performances from major artists around the globe and culminate with a live performance from Pioneer Works.

The broadcast includes:

Parvathy Baul (Bengal, India)

Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawaal (Karachi, Pakistan)

Debashish Bhattacharya (Calcutta, India)

Prahlad Tipanya (Madhya Pradesh, India)

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble (Rome, Italy)

Hidayat Khan (NJ, USA)

Sanika Kulkarni (Dheli, India)

Musekiwa Chingodza (Murehwa, Zimbabwe)

Iberi Choir (Georgia/Sakartvelo)

Samarth Nagarkar (NJ, USA)

Eric Fraser (NY, USA)

Saraswathi Ranganathan (Chicago, USA)

Indrajit Bannerjee & Shank Lahiri (Texas)

Rageshri Das (Benares, India)

Kroba (NY, USA)

Roopa Panesar (Leicster, UK)

The event will culminate with a live performance at Pioneer Works starting at 7PM featuring:

Brooklyn Raga Massive + Terry Riley (virtual),

Jay Gandhi + Abhik Mukherjee

Innov Gnawa.

There will be a full weekend of activities including a re-broadcast of the 2020’s video livestream the following day. For information about the artists and schedule please go to www.ragaslive.org