"We use Indian heritage and make it global"

Published: Dec 05, 2013, 03:00 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate |

Prem Joshua and Band are set to perform their brand of Jazz, Trance, Reggae and Classical music, in Pune

Music lovers can gear up for a performance by Prem Joshua and Band. The band will mesmerise audiences with their mysticrhythms and melodious concoctions of Jazz, Trance, Reggae, Sufi and Classical music and electrifying performances.

We caught up with musician Prem Joshua, who admitted that he is glad to be back in the city which is a second home for him. He says, “I had come here a few months ago. I have a lot of memories of this city but I must say it is changing really fast as now I cannot recognise the old roads that I used to always travel on. The city is developing very fast.”

Prem Joshua and Band are renowned for being skilled multi-instrumentalists and they have gained international acclaim for their global Fusion music and stand out as one of the best-selling World music bands of India.

Prem Joshua

While talking about Indian music, Joshua states, “I prefer Indian Classical music; it has a very wide range. I feel that this music is an internal part of my life. I was born in Germany but have spend a lot of my time in India as well and hence, I connect well to its music. I consider myself as just half-Indian. In my band, we incorporate a lot of Indian music and instruments. We have two Indian musicians on board as well. There are a lot of things that we take from the East as well as the West. We use Indian heritage and make it global.”

Apart from Joshua, the band includes musicians like Chintan Relenberg, Raul Sengupta, Satgyan Fukuda and Runa Rizvi. The band has been travelling across the globe for years and has been lauded for their performances.

Joshua admits that he likes musicians like Zakir Hussain and Ravi Shankar among others. “I used to admire Bismillah Khan a lot as well,” he shares.

While talking about Surbahar, the instrument that is made by modifying the Sitar, he says, “I don’t use it now but it is a great instrument and I used to enjoy playing it. The one that I had was very old and dated back to 1940. I had done a lot of work on it before playing it again,” he observes.

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