Panel Discussion

“Keeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settings”

Monday, April 8 at 5 pm
Room 200, College Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by the South Asia Center


Allyn Miner (moderator)
University of Pennsylvania
Robert Browning
World Music Institute, New York
Samir Chatterjee
Nayan Ghosh
Sangit Mahabharati Academy
and IIT-Bombay

Enayet Hossain
Aimrec and Sangeetpedia
Panelist Biographies

The Raga Samay Festival will conclude with an informal discussion reflecting on how the weekend’s concerts fit into the world of Indian classical music today. Panelists will include scholars, artists, concert organizers, and teachers who have worked in India, the US, and other countries and represent a variety of generational and geographical backgrounds.

In the past, Hindustani clasical music has been rooted in local traditions and patterns of daily and seasonal life. Most ragas are ideally performed at specific times of day or year, and gharanas — many named after the towns where their founders lived — were passed down by disciples receiving instruction within their gurus’ households. However, the last century has changed how people (and which people) learn, perform, and listen to music of all genres. Technological, social, political, and economic developments have all affected musical culture in South Asia, while migration and globalization have created a worldwide audience and concert circuit including expatriates, their children and grandchildren, and many people with no personal connection at all.


University of Pennsylvania

The panel discussion “Keeping Time: Ragas in Contemporary Settings” will be held in Room 200 of College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.

College Hall

Room 200