Friday, June 7, 2013

FRIDAY JUNE 14 (midnight/Midnight)! RAGAS LIVE FESTIVAL on WKCR 89.9 FM NY

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 2013 (From Midnight to Midnight)

Presented by WKCR-FM and co-promoted by HarmoNYom
Ragas Live Festival
 An ambitious celebration of music and community grows!

Over 50 world-class artists will perform Indian Classical Music live on New York City radio (and beyond) over period of 24 hours! June 14 midnight to midnight on 
the radio on 89.9 FM-NY, streaming at 
and podcast at

Two maestros who listened from India to last year's festival will be joining us. 
The greats Pt. Krishna Bhatt and Pt. Anindo Chaterjee.

Presented by HarmoNYom, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio Live, Carnatic Sundays, Chandayan, Navatman, Krishna Bhatt Gurukul, and Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.

The schedule is:
12am-1am BRM Radio Jam

featuring Eric Fraser, Max ZT, Ben stuart, Camila Celin, Sameer Gupta and more!
1am-2am Kanika Pandey, Arun Ramamurthy, Samir Chatterjee
2am-3am Samir Chatterjee, Arun Ramamurthy
3am-4am Dinesh Mirchandani, Aditya Narayan Banerjee
4am-5am Gargi Shinde, Jin Won
5am-6am Anjana Roy, Michael Lukshis
6am-7am Mithun Radhakrishnan, Bala Skandan
7am-8am Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury/Ehren Hanson
8am-9am Roger Lipson, Stephen Celluci, Andrew Shantz
9am-10am Mitali Bhawmik, Indradeep Ghosh, Samir Chatterjee
10am-11am Shiv Subramaniam
11am-noon Rajeswari Satish, Radhika Mani, Bala Skandan
12noon-1pm Eric Fraser, Naren Budhakar
1pm-2pm Vivek Pandya, Kalpit Pandya
2pm-3pm Suphala Patankar
3pm-4pm Roger Lipson, Michael Braudy, Roshni Thompson, Ravi Rao
4pm-5pm Samarth Nagarkar, Dibyarka Chatterjee, Rohan Prabhudesai
6pm-7pm Camila Celin, Ehren Hanson
7pm-8pm Nishanth Chandran, Rajna Swaminathan
8pm-9pm Anupam Shubhakar, Meghashyam Keshav
9pm-10pm Krishna Bhatt, Anindo Chaterjee
10pm-11pm Abhik Mukherjee, Jay Ghandi,  Anirban Roy Chowdhury
11pm-12am Lee Torchia, Polash Gomes

Highlights of the Ragas Live Festival will be broadcast on Sun Radio 97.5 in Zurich, Switzerland and Sistachar Sarcar’s SURTARANG Radio Show -, WCR FM - in Wolverhampton England.

This year the festival is collaborating as a media partner of several live events:

On Saturday June 15th (8pm - 2am), Brooklyn Raga Massive presents their monthly showcase for deep-listening audiences in Brooklyn! Come to 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton and Atlantic in Clinton Hill (C or G train to Clinton-Washington) and hear this fantastic lineup of up-and-coming Indian Classical musicians representing the 5-boroughs of NYC. The night will consist of three Indian Classical Duets. Featuring Jay Gandhi (bansuri) with Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) with Eric Fraser (Bansuri) and Sameer Gupta (tabla) with Ehren Hanson (tabla). Tickets - $20 all access, $10 - one set. 7:30pm doors 1st set 8pm, 2nd set 10pm, 3rd set 12midnight, finish 2am.

On Friday June 21st (Worldwide Music Day Celebration) (4pm to 8pm), HarmoNYom, in association with Make Music NY (MMNY), is presenting "A Rhythmic Journey of Indian Classical Music" in Central Park, NYC! As part of the MMNY “World Music Tour”, this incredible and unique event will feature three amazing artists: 1- Unprecedented all-female percussion ensemble by Taalika/ women of Tabla (Jin Won and Sejal Kukadia); Followed by Taalim Tabla Trio/men of Tabla (Kaumil Shah, Michael Lukshis, and Archit Krishna). 2- Super star vocalist Falu and ensemble. 3- Hindustani Vocalist Samarth Nagarkar in association with Navatman. Location: Central Park/Dairy Lawn located on West 65 street, NYC (Entrance on West 59 Street and 6 Ave). More details: and

Ragas Live Festival is also serving as a media sponsor for a rare Jugalbandi (duet) by the Indian Legends Pandit Jasraj (vocals) & Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) at BMCC Sunday June 16, 2013 at 4PM 
Produced by SAMAA and co-promoted by HarmoNYom.

And will be supporting the great Make Music NY (MMNY) Festival to be held all day on Friday June 21, 2013 with more than 1000 outdoors performances all around New York from 10am to 10pm. Full program:

WKCR has been featuring Indian Classical Music for over two decades, currently broadcasting two shows every Sunday: Morning Ragas (6 to 8 am) and Raag Aur Tal (7 to 9 pm). In 2006, host David Ellenbogen started producing shows with live in-studio performances of Indian Classical Music. David’s format became the format of the monthly "Ragas Live" show. "Ragas Live" broadcasts in-studio and live performances recorded by WKCR and has featured a who's who of the great maestros of Indian Classical Music.

WKCR is a non-commercial, student-run station affiliated with Columbia University.

Artwork for this years poster was by Pearl Whitecrow.

Direct press inquiries to:
Executive producer:
David Ellenbogen,

Producer - Hadi Eldebek
Press: Sophie Rubashkin

Artistic directors:
Veronique Lerebours for HarmoNYom,
Sameer Gupta for Brooklyn Raga Massive,
Arun Ramamurthy for Carnatic Sundays,
Samir Chatterjee for Chhandayan,
Sahasra Sambamoorthi for Navatman,

The festival producers are:
Andindo Chaterjee School of Tabla:
Brooklyn Raga Massive:
Carnatic Sundays:
Krishna Bhatt Gurukul:
NYC Radio Live:
WKCR 89.9 FM NY:

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