Saturday Morning Live

Ustad Mashkoor Ali KhanIf you’re interested in Indian classical music, take note of what’s happening this weekend: Renowned Hindustani singer Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan will perform this Saturday at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea. The concert series, called The Raga Cycle, will take place over the next three Saturdays (June 16, 23, and 30). The RMA is co-presenting the concerts with the American Academy of Indian Classical Music (AAICM).

A distinguishing feature of the series is the timing of each particular concert. The first, on the 16th, will begin at 11 a.m. and is devoted to “Morning Ragas.” Similarly, the June 23 concert will commence at 3 p.m. and feature “Afternoon Ragas,” and the final performance on the 30th at 7 p.m. will consist of—you guessed it—”Evening Ragas.”

Associating ragas with certain times of the day is common in many kinds of Indian classical music, and it is especially prevalent in Hindustani: If my Amar Chitra Kathas have taught me properly (and they’ve rarely failed to do so. Thanks, Uncle Pai!), the notion began with Tansen, whose singing of an evening raga in the morning made the skies grow darker.

Mashkoor Khan’s accompanists will be his disciple Michael Harrison on vocal support and tambura, and Naren Budhakar on tabla.

For further information and ticket pricings, check out the Rubin Museum’s calendar.

June 11, 2007
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