Raga Time and Timeless Ragas - Songs after Sunset

From dusk to midnight one can listen to the series of Ragas which are eclectic, romantic, and contemplative. They are focussed on the higher octave like reaching out to the stars. Enjoy a series of renditions by masters of Raga music.

Sunset by the Sea (2019) by Mandar KaranjkarBaithak Foundation

Raga Shree by Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur
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The Dusk

We begin with a raga sung at the dusk hour. The orange sky moving to deep red, purple and then dark black evokes memories of loss and what all has been lost. A time that is unsettling for many which brings out our tender side. 

View of Arkona with Rising Moon, c. 1805-1806 (c. 1805-1806) by Caspar David FriedrichAlbertina Museum

Raga Hameer by Meera Banerjee
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Evening of Celebration

The frailty of humans is our capacity to forget as much strongly as the capacity to remember. After the unsettling time of dusk we easily move to the evening which is lit and light. Raga Hameer communicates this celebration of lights in the dark. 

A Walk at Dusk A Walk at Dusk (about 1830–1835) by Caspar David FriedrichThe J. Paul Getty Museum

Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh sings Raga Jaijaiwanti
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Moonrise

As the moon rises so does the mood. Raga Jaijaiwanti is elated and dreamy. It is equally contemplative like our nights. 

Forest Interior by Moonlight (around 1823/30) by Caspar David FriedrichAlte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Raga Bageshree by Nazakat Ali and Salamat Ali
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The Night is Young

The glory of night ragas is incomparable. Raga Bageshree is the young night melody eluding us with her charm.  

The Sheepfold, Moonlight (1856-1860) by Jean-François MilletThe Walters Art Museum

Raga Malkauns by Ustad Amir Khan
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The Night Glory

Like a king the majestic Raga Malkauns sits on his throne enjoying the deep dark of the night. He soaks in the cooling moonlight which can sooth a heart wretched by the difficult ways of the world.  

By Fritz GoroLIFE Photo Collection

Raga Paraj by Pt. Kumar Gandharva
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Just the Beginning

Raga Paraj is the nexus between night and the dawn. It can conjure you to believe that the day has just begun.  

Riesengebirge (around 1830-1835) by Caspar David FriedrichAlte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Raga Bhatiyar by Roshanara Begum
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It is beginning again

The endless cycle of day and night continues. We embrace the morning with renewed hope and strength to endure the challenges. 

Misty Morning (2019) by Mandar KaranjkarBaithak Foundation

Dawn to Dusk

If you haven't checked our exhibition on Ragas that are sung from the time of dawn to dusk. Discover some extraordinary music in this exhibition here. 

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