Chhandayan presents final concert of Indian classical music

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A unique tabla symphony performance titled ‘Tablaphilia’ was part of the All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music May 18-19, 2019. (Photo courtesy Indian Consulate in New York)

After 25 years of operating in the United States, the New York City- based Chhandayan Center for Indian Music presented the 20th and final All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music May 18.

Held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the concert began at 8pm on the 18th and concluded at 6:15 am on the 19th.

Samir Chatterjee, virtuoso tabla player and founder of Chhandayan, at the May 18, All-Night Concert for Indian Music in New York City. (Photo courtesy Indian Consulate in NY)

The all-night concert featured some of the most notable performers of this music tradition including: Pandit Jasraj (Vocal), Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar (Vocal), Pandit Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), Vidushi Saskia Rao-De Haas (Cello), Pandit Debasish Bhattacharya (Guitar), Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Tabla).

It also featured a unique tabla symphony performance titled ‘Tablaphilia’ based on the theme of chaturashram, composed and conducted by Samir Chatterjee.

Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakraborty addressing the audience at the 20th and final All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music May 18-19, hosted by Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York. (Photo courtesy Indian Consulate)

Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, spoke on the occasion highlighting the singular contribution of Chhandayan and of Samir Chatterjee in popularizing classical music of India in the U.S.

Samir Chatterjee, Ayan Sinha, Pt. Jsraj, Ratan Mohan Sharma, and Tripti Mukherjee at the All-Night Concert of Indian Classical Music May 18, presented by Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in New York City at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. (Photo courtesy Indian Consulate in NY)

The All-Night Concert has been a cornerstone event for lovers of Indian classical music not just in the Tristate area, but from North America and other parts of the world, who have specially traveled to attend this festival, said a press release from the Consulate of India in New York.

Amod Dandavate, Ethan Fox, Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar, Shnkhadeep Chakraborty and Dr. Kedar Naphade at the Chhandayan concert May 18-19, all-night event. (Photo courtesy Indian Consulate NY)

For the past few years people were also able to watch the performances from the comfort of their homes through live streaming services.

“It was a bittersweet moment for audience members as they left the auditorium. On one hand it was the most befitting finale to a 19-year legacy, and on the other hand the realization that there will not be another like it carried a sense of sadness as well,” said the press release.

The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), the Indian Consulate in NY and the New York State Council on the Arts supported the Festival.

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