Celebrating Musical Heritage and Artistic Plurality

Ragamala: An All-Night Celebration of Indian Classical Music

Conceived and presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events in collaboration with Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts in 2013, Ragamala, is a rare all-night Indian classical music concert with performances in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. A first of its kind in Chicago, the event spans 12 hours and showcases a dozen different groups, ragas and artists of North Indian Hindustani and South Indian Carnatic musical traditions.

Receiving worldwide recognition in 2013, Ragamala has now become a regular edition in the Chicago World Music Festival. Ragamala has featured Indian Sarod musician Amjad Ali Khan, and his sons, Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan, Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya, Max ZT, Soumik Datta, and Chitravina N. Ravikiran, to name a few.

Kalapriya Dance Company has also had the honor of performing in collaboration with musicians every year at Ragamala, since conception. Kalapriya’s partnership with DCASE and the arts community at large has developed and widened with this contribution.

Swaranjali: Kalapriya’s Indian Music Concert Series

Soak in an environment of talams, ragams, and folklore, curated and produced by Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts. Swaranjali is a bi-annual Indian Music Concert Series, featuring classical and contemporary musicians and vocalists.

Kalapriya presented an evening of Carnatic Music and Harikatha by Shiv Subramaniam and Aditi Sriram in May 2015. Shiv Subramaniam, a young leading vocalist performed a traditional yet innovative Carnatic music concert, accompanied by flute and mridangam. “Harikatha” or “Katha Kalakshepa” is an Indian storytelling art in which the raconteur enlivens an otherwise simple tale with song, philosophy, scripture, and humor, creating a world of story around the audience. The engaging stories in Swaranjali shared by Aditi Sriram explored ancient Indian traditions, trespassed into ancient Greece, brought Carnatic ragams to life, and honored favorite folklore. The concert series appeals to the youth and to music lovers of all ages!