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We are attempting a dialogue with music: Shubha Mudgal

soumya vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 11, 2013
First Published: 16:56 IST(11/1/2013) | Last Updated: 17:53 IST(11/1/2013)
Veteran vocalist Shubha Mudgal, along with her band Koshish, will perform tonight at the One World Many Musics (OWMM) festival, which celebrates artistic plurality. The one-day festival has been organised by the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).

Besides Mudgal, Koshish comprises Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), Murad Ali (sarangi), Benoni Soans (drums), Aneesh Pradhan (tabla), Tony Dias (keyboards), Bertie D’Silva (bass) and Pratap Rath (percussion). The name Koshish suggests an attempt, and through this band, Aneesh and I are attempting a dialogue with music and musicians studying different genres and styles. Since both of us have a keen interest in literature and poetry, we also attempt to set to music verses and poetry from diverse sources, says Mudgal.

The concert will feature classical compositions and qawwalis, as well as Mudgal’s pop numbers, besides instrumental numbers influenced by jazz and blues. Mudgal, who is known for her versatility, says the concert frequenting Indian audiences are also fond of genres like thumri and dadra. I believe that performance of such genres always receive a good response. Recently, I was invited to deliver a talk on thumri, and I got a packed house. says Mudgal.

This is the fourth edition of OWMM, which, in the past, has witnessed performances by Rahul Sharma, Shrikant Sriram, Louis Banks and Rahul Ram. Talking about the festival, Suvarnalata Rao, head of programming (Indian music), NCPA, says, We’re trying to bridge man-made divides through music.
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