The electronica journey of brothers Amaan Ali khan and Ayaan Ali Khan continues with style as their new thematic album- Mystic Dunes was launched yesterday by Soha Ali Khan, daughter of Sharmila Tagore, among much glitterati and hoopla.
Shveta Nanda and Ridhima Kapoor were also seen having a good time at the event. In this new album Amaan and Ayaan have tried to bring alive the various elements of the desert all over the world.
Preceding the launch the duo played four tracks from their yet to be released album. From ‘Solitude of caravan’ travelling through the starkness of the desert to ‘Sandstorm Fury’ that defines the frenzy of the desert in a perfect fashion, it was playful combats all the way.
Talking about compromising on the purity of the Indian classical music, Amaan told ANI, “Music has to adapt itself with the times to appeal more to the youth. There is nothing called purity of music. Music is what comes from the soul. To make it all pervasive, fusion is important. It cannot be closeted if it ahs to reach the youth”
‘Melody of ivory bangles’ inspired by the very traditional Rajasthani ‘Maand music’ looked very earthy while the final ‘Desert Dance’ had a lot of Arab touch to it. Listening to their music was also quite an experience as they surpassed the test of artistic creativity incredibly, with a striking stage presence.
Talking about the album Ayaan told ANI “This album has been somewhat more challenging. At times it becomes very difficult to creatively satisfy one’s own personal self, if told to be under some guidelines.”
The concert's delight also lay in the fact that every instrument occupied a distinct role on stage. As the affair between men and music reached its summit, each instrumentalist brought out his best skill to present the composition in a handsome way.
The superbly gifted Tabla player Sandip Das and Stephen on Piano also did a great job in keeping the concert alive. So did Asif Ali Khan on sarangi and Rakesh Prasanna on flute.
Commenting on the album Soha Ali Khan said, “These guys have made classical music more accessible for a generation that fails to appreciate their heritage, while safeguarding the tradition otherwise in jeopardy.”
The effortless blend of tradition with the trendy looked very different with some sparkling fireworks as at the end of it although Sarod seemed like an electric guitar with a power of its own.