Language may not always connect people, but music always does. With this philosophy in mind, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is back for the fifth year with its artistic plurality fest – One World Many Musics.
The two-day festival commences from tomorrow with the performance by Rahul Sharma and group who will present Folktronika that comprises instruments like keyboards, drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, tabla, and a folk singer. “I will be showcasing some of my compositions from my collaborations with Richard Clayderman and Grammy winning electronica group Deep Forest. Since I will be showcasing Folktronika with my band, I would love to play folk from Jammu and Kashmir, and other regions as well and concluding with contemporary classical music,” says Sharma. It blends creatively, the acoustic sounds with the electronic sound, in the exploration of folk melodies across diverse regions of India, from Jammu-Kashmir and Assam to Punjab and Bengal.
The second day will see performance by multilingual folk music band, led by Raghu Dixit who will present songs in a fluid combination of English, Hindi and Kannada, drawing on diverse genres from folk, blues, rock, Sufi, funk, to reggae, bhangra and Latin. “We are trying to bridge man-made divides through music. Even if language is foreign, music instantly connects. Through this festival, we showcase varied musical traditions and reaffirm the peaceful co-existence of cultural and artistic plurality in the world,” says Suvarnalata Rao of NCPA.