At any ghazal concert, one would expect a singer accompanied by percussion and string instrumentalists, rendering a mellow touch to the vocals. But an upcoming ghazal concert aims to take an unconventional approach.
At Sur Aur Saaz, popular ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas is teaming up with percussion maestro Trilok Gurtu for the first time, and a jugalbandi is in the offing. The former will sing ghazals to go with Gurtu’s experimental beats.
While Udhas will sing famous numbers from his wide repertoire, Gurtu will play on his unique drum kit that is a combination of Indian and western instruments. “I am looking forward to the jugalbandi. It was great to rehearse with Trilok as he is a very talented artiste, who knows the intricacies of Indian as well as western percussion,” says the singer.
Gurtu will be playing the djembe, cajon, ghungroos and brushes, and the audience will witness ghazals with a combination of some Afro-Brazilian beats played by the instrumentalist. “Though Pankaj ji and I are from different genres, I know about ghazals because I have been brought up in that environment. As both of us have different styles, we are planning to do something different and niche,” says the percussionist, adding, “We will fuse the two genres. I love experimenting with music and instruments, and to present something that otherwise seems impossible."
Some of the ghazals that will be presented at the concert are ‘Deewaron se milkar’, ‘Zamana kharab hai’ and ‘Ghunghroo toot gaye’, among others.
Sur Aur Saaz will be held on January 22, at Nehru Centre, Worli, from 7.30 pm.