Pandit Pran Nath Memorial Tributes



Concert of Pre-recorded Tapes of Evening Ragas

Sunday, June 13, 8 pm


MELA Foundation Dream House

275 Church Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY  10013

Between Franklin & White Streets in Tribeca


Admission $16, MELA Members, Seniors, Student ID, $14.

Limited seating.  Reservations recommended. 



Telecast from the MELA Archives:

    Pandit Pran Nath

    Ragas Pat Dipak & Raga Darbari  “91 X 18 PM NYC”


On Mantra TV

Saturday, June 12, 2004, 10:30 pm

Time Warner Cable Channel 56

RCN Cable Channel 108




In celebration of Pandit Pran Nath’s extraordinary life and work, MELA Foundation presents two memorial tributes.  A concert of the Master’s pre-recorded tapes of Evening Ragas will be presented on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at 8:00 pm in the MELA Dream House, 275 Church Street, 3rd floor, New York.  The concert is curated by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, who will present commentary on the music during the event.  Admission $16; $14 MELA members; seniors; students with ID.  Limited seating.  Reservations recommended:  212-925-8270.   


MELA is also presenting a telecast of Pandit Pran Nath’s 1991 performances of Ragas Pat Dipak and Darbari on public access cable television.  The program will air on the Mantra TV program on Time Warner Cable Channel 56 (RCN Cable Channel 108) on Saturday night, June 12, at 10:30 PM .


Pandit Pran Nath, who passed away on June 13, 1996, virtually introduced the vocal tradition of North Indian classical music to the West in 1970.  His 1971 morning performance at Town Hall, New York City, was the first concert of morning ragas to be presented in the U.S.  Subsequently, he introduced and elaborated to Western audiences the concept of performing ragas at the proper time of day by scheduling entire series of concerts at special hours.  Many students and professional musicians came to him in America to learn about the vast system of raga and to improve their musicianship.  He performed frequently in New York City and in 1972, established his own school under the direction of his disciples La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, the Kirana Center for Indian Classical Music, now a project of MELA Foundation.  In Fall 1993, Pran Nath inaugurated the MELA Foundation Dream House with three Raga Cycle concerts and continued to perform here annually during his lifetime. 


Pran Nath's majestic expositions of the slow alap sections of ragas combined with his emphasis on perfect intonation and the clear evocation of mood had a profound impact on Western contemporary composers and performers.  In addition to Young and Zazeela, minimalist music composer Terry Riley became one of his first American disciples.  Fourth-world trumpeter Jon Hassell, jazz all-stars Don Cherry and Lee Konitz, composers Jon Gibson, Yoshimasa Wada, Rhys Chatham, Michael Harrison and Allaudin Mathieu, Sufi Pir Shabda Kahn, mathematician and composer Christer Hennix, concept artist and violinist Henry Flynt, dancer Simone Forti, and many others took the opportunity to study with the master.


The performances of Ragas Pat Dipak and Darbari to be aired on Mantra TV were part of A Concert of Evening Ragas presented by MELA Foundation at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on October 18, 1991.  Pandit Pran Nath was accompanied by La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Terry Riley, voices and tamburas, Michael Harrison, tambura, and Krishna Bhatt, tabla.  The MELA Archive video of this rare gathering of the master Indian vocalist with some of his closest disciples gives us another glimpse into his last years performing in one of New York's most majestic spaces.   


For further information email or call 212-925-8270


MELA's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency and generous contributions from individuals and MELA Members.