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Musicians interpret Swastik

Classical musicians come together, to explore the meaning of the symbol Swastik — theme of their upcoming concert. Read on to know what they have to say

music Updated: Jun 12, 2010 13:18 IST
Manali Shah
Manali Shah
Hindustan Times

Violinist Ratish Tagde, classical vocalist Pt Ajay Pohankar, his son, fusion keyboard player Abhijit Pohankar, tabla player Fazal Qureshi, drummer Manoj T and guitarist Chintoo Singh will team up to describe the meaning of Swastik through their compositions at a concert in the city today.

Their interpretation
This unique thematic concept was conceived by Tagde who explains, “The Swastik is the oldest symbol known to mankind. It’s a universal symbol present in all parts of the world. The interesting thing is that it is also known as Swastik in most countries. Some read it as a religious symbol but study says the Swastik originated for the betterment of the human race.” Tagde says he wants people to realise that the Swastik is free from any religion or mythology and hence finalised upon it as the theme.

Tagde says he did a lot of research before arriving to these conclusions. He adds that the four sides of the Swastik represent a different meaning. The sides denote love, life, luck and light. Hence, the concert is divided into four sections, each devoted to a different side. The musicians will be accompanied by Bichitra Mukharji who will perform a classical dance number and ballet to explain the theme of love.

The concert will see a fusion of Indian classical and contemporary music. Abhijit, who is known for fusing Indian and western music, will add the fusion element to the raga-based compositions, with his keyboard.

New pastures
Qureshi admits this is a new concept for all of them. He says, “We did have an idea about how we would like the music to be. So, we got together, interacted, and discussed our individual interpretations. Gradually, with general consent, the music came about. But, as classical music demands, certain elements are best left to spontaneity.”

This concert is organised by Perfect Octave, a foundation owned by Tagde, that works toward promoting upcoming musicians and presenting Indian music. Last year, he had put together a colours-based theme concert that signified the seven colours of the rainbow. He is also planning a concert based on the issue of global warming sometime in December and hopes to bring together artistes from across the world.

First Published: Jun 12, 2010 12:24 IST