Friday Review

Nine days of music


The fourth edition of the music festival, Navotsavam, - nine days, nine concepts, presented by SS International Live is back. Conceptualised by Muralidharan, Elango Kumanan and Ananthakrishnan, the festival is a platform for artists across genres to ideate, experiment and explore new terrain, leading to interesting collaborations.

The inaugural concert will feature Unnikrishnan’s vocals and Rajesh’s mandolin, Rakesh Chaurasia’s haunting flute and Mohini Dev’s guitar, exploring the colours of the Carnatic and Hindustani styles.

The spirit of fusion continues with Karthik Iyer (violinist of recent hit song ‘Vaadi Rasathi’) and his group, Indo Soul. A special number to watch out for is ‘At the Theatre.’

A young group from Trivandrum - ‘Balabhaskar Band’ - will charter unexplored dimensions through instrumental fusion.

Aruna Sairam collaborates with Bengaluru-based Agam band. She says that the two collaborators spent time understanding each other’s music, so that they could fit well into each other’s genre.

Hariharan promises to entertain audiences with some soulful ghazals. The audience will also experience his expertise in Hindustani classical as he explores the ragas and renders them with fluidity and mastery.

Hard core film music lovers also have something to look forward to, Sadhna Sargam will render popular Tamil and Hindi songs.

Pianist Anil Srinivasan teams up with director Gautham Menon and lyricist Madhan Karky in a structured TV talk show format, to look at the treatment of romance on celluloid from the perspectives of visualisation, lyrics and background score. The evening has a couple of surprises lined up.

T.M. Krishna continues on the adventure into the Carnatic realm. He also has an interactive session with the audience sandwiched between the two segments of his performance for the evening.

Trichur Brothers Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan will render keertanams and bhajans (devotionals).

The finale is titled ‘Divine India,’ a concert by Ranjani--Gayathri. Spread over two segments, the duo will render songs of both South Indian and the North Indian saints.

Tickets for Navotsavam, scheduled from October 31 to November 8 at The Music Academy, are available at: 73, 5th St, Luz Avenue, Mylapore (Near Nageswara Rao Park), Chennai-4. Also available at The Music Academy between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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