While the Mumbai monsoon brings most things (traffic, trains etc) to a grinding halt, music lovers have reason to rejoice. Returning for the fourth year, Rain Raga is a concert that celebrates the monsoon with a collage of thumri, sufi, folk and regional music.
“The idea is to show the various emotions like romance, happiness, anger and even despair, that the rain evokes. We will not necessarily stick to the rain ragas though,” says percussionist Taufiq Qureshi.
Tabla player Satyajeet Talwalkar adds, “It will largely have solo performances by all the artists and, in the end, we will all perform together. I will also collaborate with Taufiq and Udupa for a percussion set.”
Shashi Vyas, director of Pancham Nishad Creatives, who is organising the concert, says, “Different genres of Indian classical music depict the various elements of the monsoons — lightning, storm, pouring rain. We plan to cover these moods with eight to nine compositions. The performance will be a blend of pure Indian classical with a tinge of folk and sufi.”
Besides Indian classical music, the performance will also comprise other genres. “I will present some traditional thumri, dadra and sufi songs. Among them, one will be Amir Khusrau’s sufi composition, Ae Ri Sakhi Piya Ghar Aaye... I also plan to present some of my own compositions,” says singer Indira Naik.
Rain Raga is on September 2 at Shanmukhananda Hall from 7 pm onwards.Price of the tickets: Rs 100 to Rs 500. Tickets are available at Rhythm House (Kala Ghoda) and at the venue.
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