Fusion marks Qutub Fest

PTI | ByArnab Banerjee
Nov 30, 2004 12:33 PM IST

Sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali and santoor player Rahul Sharma jazzed up rock bands at the Qutub Festival.

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Qutub Fest begins in Delhi

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The annual Qutub Fest has become a platform for the budding singers to display their talent. The musical celebration is organised at the Qutub Minar. The cultural fiesta has some enthusiastic performers willing to contribute to the demands of their fans by sitting next to stalwarts and 'jamming'- something unheard of in the past.

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Sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash and santoor player Rahul Sharma jazzed up with The Fusion Messengers on the first day. The Fusion Messengers comprises Louis Banks, Rakesh Chaurasia, Sivamani and Niladri Kumar.

The organiser Sanjeev Bhargava claims that the fest is an opportunity for young musicians to mingle with classical musicians, who are more than happy to share stage with rock, jazz or any other genre of performers. "That sure shows how eager they are to learn, adapt and split their applause with others," says Bhargava. In all, the concert promises to be a unique merger of stalwarts and young hopefuls!

Artist track
Neha Bhasin's solo journey

Neha Bhasin hasn't been doing much on the music front ever since her split from VIVA. "That's because I was doing riyaaz  and preparing for my solo album," clarifies Bhasin. She is all set with her soon to be released album for which she has fused rock, soul, country, ballad and pop music. Bhasin assures that the album would be "truly different from the run of the mill stuff". So, here's hoping for some fresh tunes from this talented lass.

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