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Folk queen Ila Arun jazzes it up

Singer Ila Arun and son-in-law, guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar form new experimental outfit, The Rani and The Rowdy Raja, to perform tonight.

music Updated: Sep 21, 2011 15:03 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

Here is one music collaboration that promises to be high on innovation and energy. Popular Rajasthani folk-pop singer Ila Arun, who delivered hits like Meri Assi Kali Ka… and Bichuda… in the mid ’90s and jazz-rock guitarist, Dhruv Ghanekar have formed a new outfit, The Rani and The Rowdy Rajas. The band plans to explore Rajasthani folk in a new sonic scape.

“I have been living with this idea for a long time. Finally, it’s getting materialised. The collaboration with Ila ji, who is an exceptional performer, and the whole prospect of marrying Rajasthani folk music with jazz, rock and Afro is very exciting,” says guitarist Ghanekar.

Besides Arun and Ghanekar, The Rani and The Rowdy Rajas also features Gino Banks on drums and Tala Faral on keyboards and saxophone. Their first performance in the city tonight will also feature a group of folk artists from Rajasthan. “You will get to see a lot of funkiness in the music we will play. Since Rajasthani music performances are mostly seen in their traditional form or experimented with mainly flamenco styles, we wanted to do something different. Our sound is more new-age, and combined with Ila ji’s vocals, it’s going to be a very unique experience for audiences,” he assures.

The band is also in the process of recording songs for their debut album. “Hopefully, it should be out by next year,” says Ghanekar, adding, “Plans are also on for a European tour, where we hope to perform at a music festival.”

First Published: Sep 21, 2011 14:52 IST