Indian beat, Western touch
This concert is a mix of Indian raga-based compositions along with Western accompaniment. City-based Hindustani classical vocalist Kalyani Bondre has come up with a theme concert where Indian classical melodies will be presented in a contemporary form.
Titled Raga On The Beat, this concert aims to preserve the legacy of classical music. “This theme concert will showcase compositions like bandish, thumri, tarana, ghazals and classical-based film songs which will be embellished with contemporary sound and electronic instruments,” says Kalyani, who will be accompanied by Amit Joshi on tabla and electronic percussions and Rohit Kulkarni on the keyboard.
Instruments like keyboard and electronic percussions will be played to give the performance a Western appeal. “To preserve the essence of Indian classical music, Indian ragas will be accompanied by tabla and keyboard. Classical songs like Sawan Beeta Jaye and Aan Milo Sajna will also be presented,” she adds. Compositions based on ragas like Puriya Dhanashree, Khamaj, Yaman Kalyan, and Hansdhwani will be played during the concert.
According to Kalyani, every music genre has its own speciality. “Indian classical music is here to stay. Despite the Western influence, Hindustani classical music can never lose its charm. There are many parents, who are inculcating the tradition of learning classical music in their children. Various music festivals and concerts which keep happening in the city, give the current generation a platform to stay in touch with our traditional music and artistes.”
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