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Fusion Guru Prem enthrals Delhiites

music Updated: Jan 24, 2009 19:49 IST
Rashmi Aich
Rashmi Aich
Hindustan Times
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Delhi came alive on Friday night. It was the launch of the latest album of Fusion Guru Prem Joshua by the Music Today group COO Mala Sekri, at the lawns of Vasant Vihar.

The album titled Prem Joshua and Band in Concert, is his twelfth album in his long list of bestsellers like Mudra, Sky Kisses Earth, Dance of Shakti, Yatri, etc.

The band is truly international consisting of Prem Joshua (Germany) on sitar, bamboo flutes, dilruba, soprano sax and vocals, Raul Sengupta (India) on tabla, darbukka, cajon, percussion, vocals, Chitan Relenberg (Germany) on keyboards, loops, laptops, percussion, vocals and Satgyan Fukuda (Japan) on bass, percussion.

A fairly Indian affair, the concert started with lighting up incense sticks under the musical instruments and the first track of the latest album Namaskar. Famous for his spiritually elevating music fusion of Indian ragas and elements of Jazz, Funk, Lounge and Trance, Prem Joshua's latest album is an extension of his ongoing love affair with India.

Repeating the verses of Persian poet Hameez, Prem Joshua said, "There is no better topic than love to discuss till we die."

The fusion guru also shared some of his funny experiences in the country, which eventually became an inspiration for his songs. One such unique observation about India was that one can find only seven bubbles in a bottle of Indian soda water. He apparently attributes this to the spiritual nature of the country. An inspired Prem composed the song Seven Bubbles in the Bottle.

The concert which lasted for nearly two hours had some mesmerizing dance performances by famous Singaporean dancer Hina Sarojini. The venue was jam packed with ardent fans that enjoyed every bit of it.

The concert attracted a major number of foreign tourists. Nina Grand, a travel consultant from New York City who finds some sort of soul connection with the artiste and India said, "I've been following Prem's music for a couple of years and the best part about him and his music is that one gets a very nice and warm vibe out of it."

The concert held in association with the Shalom group are spreading the message of peace through their global music.

In the end, they left the Dilliwallahs craving for more...

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