Exquisite melody took wings when violinist Anupriya Deotale and her fusion band, ‘Parinday-Music of soul' strummed up a flight through classical ragas at JTPac, Tripunithura, on Saturday evening.

‘Parinday', meaning birds, also stood for the “the soul soaring to ineffable heights”, said the troupe members Jivesh Singh (guitar and vocals), Arshad Khan (tabla), Shobhit Tyagi (drums) and Anil Chawla (keyboards). This became evident as the band served the music-loving audience with an ambience charged with rich emotions characteristic of Indian classical music.

The proclaimed aim of the band is to convey deeper spiritual ideas through the universal language of music inspired by Mantiqu't-Tayr (The Conference of the Birds) by Farid ud-Din Attar, the legendary Sufi poet, who was born in Iran in 1142. The symbolic seven journeys of the soul, the obstacles encountered and how they are overcome formed the themes of his music and that of ‘Parinday'. On Saturday, they played a few compositions based on ragas while improvising around these themes.

Over the last two years, the band has been able to carve a niche for itself by amalgamating world, lounge and new-age music into the tradition of Sufi music. Innovative orchestration, choice of instruments and tunes have bestowed a rare uniqueness on their music rendition. Small wonder then that their albums ‘Aghaz' and ‘Piya Se More Naina' have figured on music popularity charts.

The symbolic seven journeys of the soul form the theme of ‘Parinday's' music.