Indian traditional music and jazz will come together in a unique concert featuring music stalwarts like Shankar Mahadevan, U Srinivas, V Selvaganesh, Louis Banks, Gino Banks, Sheldon D’ Silva and Aditya Kalyanpur.
This one-of-a-kind concert will see a blend of diverse genres of Indian music ranging from classical, semiclassical, folk, regional and devotional with different jazz styles. Mandolin, kanjeera, ghatam, tabla, keyboard, drums, bass and guitar are some of the instruments that will complement the vocals. “Indian music and jazz are similar in terms of their techniques of serialism. In jazz, one deals with a tonal sequence and in classical music (ragas) too we deal with tonal sequence, called aroha – avroha,” explains Shashi Vyas, director of Pancham Nishad, organisers of the concert.
Vyas told DNA, “While Shankar Mahadevan, U Srinivas and V Selvaganesh will present both, traditional and contemporary compositions from the world of Indian music, Louis Banks, Gino Banks and Sheldon D’Silva will give performances from the world of jazz music. The unique feature of this concert is the rhythmic conversation between two schools of thought.”
Shankar Mahadevan said he was excited at the prospect of so many musicians coming together at a concert like this.
“This is not an effort at showingcasing one as a superior over the other. We are just saying that in an age and time when dialogue and talking to each other is becoming so important, the coming together of such diverse genres actually sends that message across subtly without didactics,” he said.
V Selvaganesh, too, said that he was elated to be back in Mumbai to perform. “The music lovers of this city have always been very generous in their support and praise. It is no wonder that I always look forward to coming back here,” said Selvaganesh.
(The concert is at Shanmukhananda auditorium, Sion at 7pm Sunday)