Looming large among New York’s more hardcore cultural options, the annual Chhandayan All-Night Concert is a nine-hour feast of Indian classical music and a rare opportunity to hear ragas performed at the specific times of day they were meant to be heard. By the time singing brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra take the stage, at around 4 a.m., the audience will have already heard the great sitarist Shahid Parvez, tabla virtuoso (and Chhandaya founder) Samir Chatterjee, the Arpan instrumental ensemble, and singer Sanjoy Bannerjee. The duration makes for a hell of a Mother’s Day breakfast, if you observe that sort of thing, but all-nighters like this offer an increasingly rare opportunity to experience Indian classical music’s subtle transformations, time-bending improvisations, and spiritual undercurrent in a traditional context.
Sat., May 10, 8 p.m., 2014

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