MUSIC The Friday Review November Music Festival comes to Bangalore. It brings in an eclectic range GOWRI RAMNARYAN AND DEEPA GANESH

T here's good news for connoisseurs of music. The first edition of The Hindu Friday Review Music Festival comes to Bangalore as well. The festival brings an eclectic range — Hindustani to fusion to spiritual and much more.

The five-day music festival from November 24 to 28 packs in quite a bit of excitement. The festival kicks of with the hugely popular, world-acclaimed British Afro-rock band Osibisa that was a rage all over the country in the Sixties and Seventies. Osibisa, with their extraordinary innovations can easily be called the pioneers of world music. Till date, their music remains highly dynamic, pulsating and indigenous.

What do you think a Carnatic musician would say to a jazz artiste? If you are as curious as we are, don't miss Sudha Raghunathan's conversations with Amit Heri (Nov 25). They did collaborate once before for Mahesh Dattani's film “Morning Raga” – but is that any match to the intuitive, creative outbursts on stage? “During our joint concerts, it seems like people enjoy the new sounds embedded on a traditional base,” says Sudha, putting the excitement mildly. For Amit however, Sudha is an “interesting challenge”. Highly individual and motivated, the two artistes will bring together jazz, funk and traditional kritis.

When finest lyricists meet greatest melody makers what else can you expect – immortal melodies. The charm of Hindi film music has held sway over the Indian audiences for all times. Srinivas, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Chinmayi and Haricharan take you back to the good old era of great tunes in the Hindi Retro show (Nov 27). Srinivas swears by K.L. Saigal before the others move on to the more vivacious like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi. From S.D. Burman, Madan Mohan, Naushad, Salil Chowdury to R.D. Burman and more, they will bring them all together on the unforgettable evening with a 15-member orchestra hand-picked from Chennai and Kerala. If you are lucky enough you may get to listen to “O Sajna”, “Tere Mere Sapne”, “Deewana Hua Badal” and “Tere Mere Milan ki ye raina” – songs that are worth to die for.

M. Venkatesh Kumar (Nov 26) from Dharwad will put you in a different realm – the classical gaining a spiritual dimension. This leading proponent of the Gwalior gharana not just grips you with his resonating voice, but also with the sincerity of his music. “I'm drawn to abhangs because they are sung by pilgrims on their journey to the temples on foot. This procession makes an undulating visual. I feel its pulsating rhythms and ecstasy when I sing abhangs,” says Aruna Sairam, who promises to move you with her spiritual rendition of Abhangs (Nov 28).

The festival is surely a not-to-miss experience, what with people from diverse cultures converging on a single stage. The venue is Jnanajyoti Auditorium, Central College Campus, Bangalore.