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Krishna leela goes groovy

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 24, 2013
First Published: 15:04 IST(24/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:07 IST(24/3/2013)
If a concert paying tribute to lord Krishna conjures up the image of bhajan-singing devotees in your mind, this forthcoming performance might surprise you with its novelty.

Popular singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan will cover the Krishna leela through diverse musical genres, including rock, jazz, sufi besides thumri and bhajan, at a concert titled Krishna By Regions.

“The event will be an emotional fusion. Krishna is known for being omnipotent and his name changes in different parts of our
country. He is Radha Krishna in Rajasthan, Balaji in Tirupati, Vitthal in Maharashtra and so on. So the colours of music will also change with the flow of the concert,” says Mahadevan.

This concert is a part of the Idea Jalsa 2013 tour, which is piloted by Durga Jasraj, daughter of Pandit Jasraj.

“One of the numbers, a jazz piece, is my composition that will be sung by my older son, Siddharth,” he says, adding, “There will also be parts when I will be singing only with an ektara (a string musical instrument).”

A few months back, the singer performed at a similar concert in the city, titled Shyam Rang. Being a busy Bollywood composer and singer, ask him what interests him to perform concerts that pay homage to divinity and he says, “I am really fond of the concept. I actually want to make a production on Krishna,” says Mahadevan.
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