Krishna, Kanhaiya, Govind, Gopal, Nandlal, Brijesh, Kanhaa… As the name suggests, Krishna is an endeavour to create harmony and a blissful environment of peace amidst this present-day scenario of unrest, turmoil and stress. In build-up to the Janmashtami celebrations, composer-vocalist Shankar Mahadevan will take to the stage to regale both music connoisseurs and Krishna devotees with devotional compositions at a special concert by Banyan Tree.
Speaking of his Saturday concert, the star performer who has enthralled audiences with the magic of his captivating voice for over a decade now, creating a huge fan following across the globe, told dna, "We will feature a unique presentation of some specially created compositions on the theme of Krishna — The Source of Eternal Inspiration. I am hoping the deeply devotional songs will surely work magic to create the feeling of tremendous joy as well as inner calm and bliss."
Mahadevan spoke of being attracted to the spiritual side to Krishna. "There is the playful child and the lover, but there is also the one who dispenses wisdom during the Mahabharata to Arjun in the form of the Gita."
He will be accompanied by a group of very talented musicians on tabla, guitar and keyboard. And for the very first time, both his sons Siddhartha and Shivam will also join him for select songs. Not only is the line-up going to include traditional bhajans and Carnatic compositions, but it will also have qawwalis, thumris, abhangs as well as jazz and rock elements.
Mahesh Babu of Banyan Tree said, "We are privileged to present Krishna with focus on a creative theme to the connoisseurs and music lovers of Mumbai. Krishna as a creative theme seems like a common thread across the country beyond the boundaries of language, caste and even religion. We hope this endeavour will drench souls and minds of music lovers in devotion, inspiration, peace and bliss and help them rejoice in the rich cultural glory of India on the special occasion of Krishna Janmashtami."
(The concert is on Saturday, August 9, 7pm at Shanmukhananda auditorium in Sion.)