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Desert sounds in harmony

The romance of the desert can be very alluring. Which is why when two cultures come together to form the sounds of the wilderness, it is always a unique experience.

art and culture Updated: Feb 13, 2010 00:53 IST
Malvika Nanda

The romance of the desert can be very alluring. Which is why when two cultures come together to form the sounds of the wilderness, it is always a unique experience. Sarangi maestro Kamaal Sabri will be performing in a concert called the Dance of the Desert this Sunday. The concert is an amalgamation of the sarangi, an instrument of the desert, with ambient world music.

Sabri, who had earlier released an album by the same name featuring a five-sarangi ensemble, is looking forward to bringing the resonance of this album live in concert. “Previously I was trying to show the transition between two great deserts of the world — Thar in Rajasthan and Syrian in the Middle East,” he says. “This time I am trying to capture the sounds of the Kalbelia dancers of Rajasthan and the bellydancers of Egypt.”

The concert will also showcase two beautiful dance forms as well as the reverberations of the gypsies. “There’s a vast repertoire of desert music that Rajasthan has to offer. I just want people in the cities to go back to their roots and enjoy gypsy music.”

At Select Citywalk Mall, Saket on Sunday, February 14, 7 pm onwards