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Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 08, 2013
An Indian classical concert in the city will bring together some of the most popular artistes from the genre. Titled Beats and Winds, the recital will feature veteran percussionist Trilok Gurtu, singer Roop Kumar Rathod, veena player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar and tabla player Prithwiraj Mishra.

“I performed at the event last year as well. This time, I’ll share the stage with Pandit Ronu Majumdar for an unconventional jugalbandi,” says Gurtu. Revealing more about what he has in store, he says, “Unlike the west, Indian classical music is not too dependent on instruments.

I’ll attempt to reflect upon this aspect. Pandit Ronu and I will also take up a few solo pieces and retain the bits from those that were liked in our performance last year.”

Rathod, meanwhile, will blend classical tunes with Sufi music at the musical evening. “I’ll be performing some rare compositions from the south like the Raga Kuntalavarali and a song called ‘Thillana’, which has been sung by Balamurali Krishna,” says Rathod, who will also perform some of his popular film numbers like Maula mere maula from Anwar (2007).

“I’ll also present a composition by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, which has been written by Gulzar saab and is based on Raga Lalita-Gouri,” he says.