A cinematic exploration

November 23, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 03:59 am IST

Benny Dayal, along with Anil Srinivasan, will wrap up the ‘The Hindu November Fest’

Music menSinger Benny Dayal with his band (below) with pianist Anil Srinivasan

Music menSinger Benny Dayal with his band (below) with pianist Anil Srinivasan

Benny Dayal will wrap up the Hyderabad leg of ‘The Hindu November Fest’. It’s hard to pin down Benny Dayal: he’s everywhere. From being on tour with AR Rahman, to sharing the stage with Karsh Kale at the NH7 Weekender in Shillong, to a performance at Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore, all within the span of a few days. And this weekend, he’s in the city to wrap up the Hyderabad leg of The Hindu November Fest.

The singer will perform with his band, Funktuation, and pianist Anil Srinivasan in ‘The Music Men’ (Cinema Cool), which will explore the cinematic landscape, giving the audience a show that will make them rethink their perception of film music. In an earlier conversation, Dayal says, “Cinema is, needless to say, cool, especially when it stays true to its roots. But what will make this work interesting is the possibility to experiment and expand its horizon in a way that there is a cross-over of sorts; in a way that the music you hear is earthy, urban and fresh.”While he takes the stage to perform his hit number from Ye maya chesave to ‘Darling Dambakku’ and ‘Pappu Can’t Dance’ to ‘Badtameez Dil’, he will be joined by bandmates Joshua Satya (guitar), Carl Fernandes, (bass), Alok Merwin (keys), David Joseph (drums), Allwyn Jeya Paul (percussion) and Toby Joseph (sound engineer).

Anil Srinivasan, who will play in three segments of the show, says, “I’ve been a great fan of Benny’s, more than just being his friend. We’ve played together a long time ago, and I’m looking forward to this collaboration.” Dayal loves to put on a show — he’s tireless on stage, and that infectious energy invariably seeps through to the audience. “I’m always waiting for the reactions from the audience; the aim is to get them going at every show. There is no rocket science to it. I just go out there and have fun, and make sure that everyone has a good time as well. The best moment is, perhaps, when you can keep them wanting more, when they ask for an encore. Sometimes, I just want to perform till everyone’s tired. After the show, they have to go home happy,” says Dayal.

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