Event The Friday Review November Fest is back with its characteristic multi-genre feast and artistes from across the world. Chitra Swaminathan
Three octaves, seven swaras, nine rasas, thousands of ragas and talas… music is not just about emotion, healing and communication, it is also about numbers. So is the Friday Review November Fest. Spread across five cities (Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi) and 17 concerts, it raises the bar for musical experiments, pushes the borders for free-flowing exchange and is a meeting place of cultures and sound traditions.At the third edition of the fest in Hyderabad, classical jostles with jazz and ragas find new resonances, truly symbolising the diversity and dynamism the fest stands for.
The three-day festival opens with a convergence of genres as mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani’s Sruthi Laya Ensemble joins hands with Australian Art Orchestra to create a ripple in the rhythm world. The concert ‘Two Oceans’ will prove that collaborations are not convenient deals to be different but a sustained exercise in creativity to build richer textures through striking commonalities and contrasts. Though it’s half as easy as it sounds to merge the music traditions of the East and the West, in the global village that the world has grown into, a common path leading to both and linking them is more than welcome.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep… these famous lines of poet Robert Frost seem to be the inspiration behind Bamboo Jazz, the concert on Day Two. Acclaimed flautist Shashank Subramanyam and The New Jungle Orchestra from Denmark have many promises to keep as they celebrate the sounds of the wild and wind in a 90-minute performance. Supported by the Danish Arts Council, the music will alternate between gentle jazz notes and calming Carnatic tunes. While the six-member orchestra (Pierre Dorge – guitarist, Irene Becker – piano and keyboard, Morten Carlsen – tarogato and tenor sax, Anders Banke – clarinet and bass clarinet, Jakob Mygind – soprano and Martin Andersen – drums) travels round the world with its distinctive version of jazz, Shashank, who often collaborates with international artistes, will reveal another unique facet of his music. The fest closes with a jugalbandi between childhood friends Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri and flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar. What began several years ago as a fun swara-raga jam session developed into a full-fledged and stimulating concert.Hers is a voice that has enormous range and style, perfectly controlled and wonderfully malleable. Bombay Jayashri’s early training in both Carnatic and Hindustani music laid the foundation for an exploratory musical journey. And not just classical, with her open-minded approach, she picked up the nuances of many semi-classical forms including film music. With her eagerness to understand and assimilate, the well-known vocalist’s collaborative outings across the world have been a treat to the listeners.Soft spoken and sprightly, Pandit Ronu Majumdar has the innate qualities to play the humble but soul-elevating flute, an instrument symbolic of Lord Krishna. The varanasi-born artist after being initially trained by his father was groomed by Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale and Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao into a successful performer.The strong bonding with bansuri and its honey-soaked notes led Pandit Ronu Majumdar to come up with the ‘shank bansuri’, a three-foot long flute that perks up the swaras in the lower scale.
Like Jayashri, he loves to enrich his classical repertoire with fresh compositions and new approach to tradition.
November 23 - Karaikudi Mani and Australian Art Orchestra
November 24 – Bamboo Jazz – Shashank Subramanyam and The New Jungle Orchestra
November 25 - Bombay Jayashri and Pandit Ronu Majumdar
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Ravindra Bharati
Tickets will be priced at Rs. 400, Rs. 300 & Rs. 200.
Season’s Passes at Rs. 900 & Rs. 700
Online tickets can be purchased from www.thehindu.com/novemberfest, www.indianstage.in, www.bookmyshow.com and www.ticketnew.com
Helpline number: 98667 70264