The two musicians agree to a certain degree of flexibility having infused into almost all traditional structures of music in the world, especially with the advent of globalisation and change in the social milieu.
In Chandigarh on Friday for the shoot of their latest music album - a collaboration and fusion - Rishi Ranjan and Stuart Masters talk about the emergence of new dimensions in music as a result of progressive and innovative venture of experimentation with new perspectives.
Chandigarh-based Indian classical musician, composer and sarod player, Rishi Ranjan, 32, and London-based guitarist and music composer, Stuart Masters, 30, say they are enthused with their latest work, Saccha Hai, that pays homage to Ustad Allauddin Khan, one of the most renowned teachers of the 20th century in Indian classical music. Recorded in London, the album includes the Ustad's Indian classical compositions in ten different thaats with western classical symphony, while also containing other tracks of folk fusion from different countries.
The duo's previous popular tracks include Agam, Serenity and It's Rising, amongst many others.
Stuart is just back from the World Guitar Festival that was held in UK in July and which featured top guitarists such as Don Alder, Dan Lavoie and Justin King. "The folk music of different countries exudes a similar fragrance of community feeling," believes Stuart.
Divulging on their close association and partnership, Stuart shares, "It was a chance meeting at a music appreciation session in a West London music shop that brought us in contact.
Incidentally, we both found each other well armed with sound knowledge of Indian, Western, folk and contemporary music, along with an inclination for innovative fusion."
City lad Rishi Ranjan made a mark early in music while studying at Panjab University, where he learnt classical vocal and instrumental music from Dr Saroj Ghosh and Pandit Subhash Gosh, before falling in the tutelage of the illustrious Ustad Aashish Khan of Senia Maihar gharana.
A visiting faculty at the Department of Gurmat Sangeet of Punjabi University, Patiala, Rishi Ranjan has had the privilege of performing in Canada, UK, Bulgaria, Mauritius and other countries.
For now, the two look forward to their fusion album, Sacch Hai, that releases later this year.