The first hours of the Chhandayan group’s annual All-Night Concert are for socializing, enjoying an early evening raga or two, and snacking on chaat and saag paneer in the Society’s basement. It’s after midnight, usually around 3 or 4 in the morning, when myriad small gestures of Hindustani (Northern India) classical music coalesce into the sort of transcendent ritualistic experience common on the subcontinent but a rare and beautiful thing in our toddling town. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, one of India’s greatest singers, and Pandit Rajeev Taranath, a renowned sarod disciple of Ali Akbar Khan, are the eight-hour marathon’s after-midnight stars this year. Bansuri flutist Pandit Ronu Majumdar and singers Sanhita Nandi and Paromita Das will perform earlier in the evening at this casually devout Hindustani rave.
Sat., May 12, 7 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 9, 2012