Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto is a cultural organization that was
founded in 1981 by a small group of dedicated individuals who loved
Indian classical music, otherwise known as shastriya sangeet.
The basic idea emanated from Canada's ideal of multi-cultural harmony. The name Raag-Mala means "a garland of raags". A raag
is loosely translated into English as a "melodic form", but in fact it
encompasses an entire modal pattern and mood. In Indian culture, a
garland is usually an offering made of flowers. In this case it is the
sharing of the art and music by an artist with an appreciate audience,
and in turn the joy and enthusiasm given back to the artist by that
audience that makes Raag-Mala so special. This mutual offering is the inspiration of the Society, and continues to be its inspiration.
When Magan Ambasna, Raya Bidaye, Govind Pachapurkar, Krishna Persaud, and Rudy Wall
came together during those early years, little did they imagine that
the organization that they founded would become the custodian of a
venerable cultural tradition. Since then, the group of volunteers that
cherishes and shares their ideal has grown, and works tirelessly to
present the very best that Indian classical music can offer to the
Toronto music lover.
Get involved! You too can assist by offering your special talents and donations to the Society.