'We speak the same language of music'

Stalwarts of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music will share the stage for the concert, called Different Strokes

"The audience is going to be a mix of Hindustani and Carnatic music connoisseurs and I am really looking forward to their reactions," says Satyajit Talwalwar, the son of Tabla legend, Suresh Talwalkar.
Satyajit feels that such an interaction between musicians of different genres will give the audience a completely unique experience.

V Selvaganesh with Ghatam maestro Vikku Vinayakram

He will be joined by renowned Sarod player Ayaan Ali Khan, Ghatam genius Vikku Vinayakrasm, Kanjeera player V Selvaganesh and Mandolin player U Rajesh, to render a concert, titled Different Strokes, conceptualised by Pancham Nishad Creatives.

In the recent past, concerts which witness the coming together of Hindustani and Carnatic musicians, have been quite popular. While such concerts are mostly impromptu and barely include any rehearsals, does it become tough for the musicians to match beats?

"If people who speak the same language come together, will they find it difficult to communicate?" asks V Selvaganesh, a leading Kanjeera player of his generation. "We all speak the language of music and we understand each other. So, it's not difficult at all," he answers.

Tabla player Satyajit Talwalkar

The first half of the concert will witness stalwarts of Carnatic music matching beats with each other, while the second half will include Ayaan Ali Khan and Satyajit Talwalkar exploring the nuances of rhythm. The concert will also witness a jugalbandi which will be completely unplanned.

Selvaganesh, who has been performing with his father Vikku Vinayakram since a very young age, says that he is glad he chose the Kanjeera. "If I had chosen the Ghatam like my father, I wouldn't have been able to perform with him," he says.

Ask him how he has prepared for this concert, he says, "We really haven't planned it; classical music is always about understanding and improvisation. My father always told me that when we are on stage, it is not us but God who is playing. I firmly believe that music is God's gift."

Recounting an incident, which occurred a few years back, he says, "I was once on a tour with my father and I fell sick. I had fever and I was shivering. But I still went on stage, prayed to God and performed. And trust me, it was my best solo performance ever."

The humility, devotion and belief these musicians have penetrates deep into their music and gives the audience a beautiful and gratifying experience. "That is the beauty of Indian classical music. No one knows what is going to happen on stage," says Ayaan Ali Khan, who started playing the Sarod at the age of five.

ON December 22, 7.30 pm
At Nehru Centre, Worli.
Tickets Rs 500, Rs 300,
Rs 200, Rs 100
Call 24124750 / 24188494

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