|7:00PM||Live Music by Brooklyn Raga Massive|
on the grass along the water
Long Island City
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
Take the N or Q train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.
A compelling and hypnotic glimpse into one of India’s wildest carnivals. Courtesy of UniFrance
Preceded by a Short Film
Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens (Gaspard Kuentz, Cedric Dupire | France | 56 min.)
“The name of my stallion is King of the Wind. My mare is called Electric Queen and she electrocutes all who get in her way..." The best introduction to the head-spinning Sonepur Fair comes from the Horse Breeder, who, along with the Showman, the Rider, the Exorcist, the Dancer and the Mahut (elephant tamer) comprise a cast known only by their association to the festival.
Hot Docs winners Cedric Dupire and Gaspard Kuentz wander the fairgrounds, leaving a starry-eyed impression of the festival which is held at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Gandak on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartika. The resulting film is sensory overload, a documentary as Bollywood film, complete with all the frenetic pacing and explosions of neon that only a visit to the fair can offer.
Come one, come all!
The Golden Legend (Olivier Smolders | Belgium | 24 min.)
Collector of cursed musicians, unreasonable murderers, fairground freaks, paranoid revolutionaries, flatulists and suicidal hermits, a psychiatric patient presents a gallery of the historic figures he is haunted by.
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Brooklyn Raga Massive is a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in Indian classical music. They have presented a weekly concert series and jam session for over three years running. See more info at brooklynragamassive.com. For this performance BRM will be represented by sitarist and BRM cofounder, Neel Murgai, along with tabla player Roshni Samlal performing evening ragas from the Indian classical repertoire.
Brooklyn Raga Massive is managed by artists, and brings the diverse community of Raga and Indian music inspired artists together. The Massive is dedicated to expanding their audience by breaking conventional formalities, while genuinely presenting and representing a deep love and appreciation of the music, with top-notch Indian Classical and Raga inspired musicians, in all their diversity. Since November 2011, Brooklyn Raga Massive has brought Raga music listening communities together. By hosting local events, presenting a diverse calendar of concerts, lecture/demonstrations, panel discussion, educational outreach program and a two and half year weekly Raga Music Jam Session in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, BRM is part of a Raga Renaissance from Brooklyn to Bombay!