HT Image
HT Image

The master of fusion and Sitar's wiz kid

Fusion music is second nature to Louis Banks. He has been at it for the last 20 years and still maintains he has "just cracked the surface.
By Archana Khare Pant | PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2003 12:32 PM IST

Fusion music is second nature to Louis Banks. He has been at it for the last 20 years and still maintains he has "just cracked the surface. I have to go much deeper".

Banks was part of a magical evening at the India Habitat Centre on Saturday as he performed along with percussion wizard Sivamani, tabla maestro Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan and sitarist Prateek Chaudhuri. The evening was part of the 5th Annual DMA Music Festival, Legends Of India, presented by Samsung and in aid of UMAK Centre for Culture of Pt. Debu Chaudhuri.

Banks has performed with Sivamani umpteen times but it was his first outing with Chaudhuri. "I'm always amazed at the energy of the young. I feel inspired by their new ideas," he said about Chaudhuri, adding: "I work with my son Gino's band that's full of 20-year-olds. They create music in ways I had never even thought of."

On his part, Chaudhuri said: "Banks has been an inspiration for an entire generation of fusion music lovers. It's a great opportunity for me to be creatively productive as creativity is the key to success for any artist."

Fusion obviously comes easily to both of them. Banks says his experiences with the Indian flute have been most memorable as it lends itself easily to fusion. "Sitar and sarod too are beautiful instruments but tabla is in a class of its own. I'm so proud that such a wonderful instrument was invented by an Indian." That's music for Indian ears.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Hyderabad-based hip-hop multilingual rap crew Nawab Gang was founded in 2018
Hyderabad-based hip-hop multilingual rap crew Nawab Gang was founded in 2018

Our art reflects reality, which people don’t like: Nawab Gang’s Seshi Roy

By Sugandha Rawal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:06 PM IST
Hyderabad-based hip-hop multilingual rap crew Nawab Gang’s A Pramod Seshi Roy feels big names refrain from talking about problems of India
Close
BTS singers Jimin and V have been awarded the Presidential Award.
BTS singers Jimin and V have been awarded the Presidential Award.

BTS' Jimin and V felicitated with Global Cyber University's Presidential Award

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:54 PM IST
  • BTS singers Jimin and V graduated from Global Cyber University. The duo has been conferred with the Presidential Award as well.
Close
Shreya Ghoshal is all set to become a mother.
Shreya Ghoshal is all set to become a mother.

Shreya Ghoshal announces pregnancy: 'Need all your love and blessings'

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 10:07 AM IST
  • Singer Shreya Ghoshal has announced her first pregnancy. She is married to Shiladitya M since six years.
Close
BTS leader RM once sang Punjabi pop song Tunak Tunak Tun in school.
BTS leader RM once sang Punjabi pop song Tunak Tunak Tun in school.

When BTS leader RM revealed he sang Tunak Tunak Tun at the age of 14

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:12 AM IST
  • BTS leader RM, during a conversation about India, revealed that he was familiar with Daler Mehndi's hit Punjabi track Tunak Tunak Tun and confessed he sang the song in middle school.
Close
Sushant Divgikar identifies himself as gender fluid.
Sushant Divgikar identifies himself as gender fluid.

Sushant Divgikar: There’s deep rooted homophobia in many institutions in India

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:33 PM IST
Former Mr. Gay India and LGBTQI activist, Sushant Divgikar reacts to Centre’s response to Delhi High Court on same-sex marriage, and says it marginalises a community which is already marginalised.
Close
Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a baby boy.
Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a baby boy.

Harshdeep Kaur welcomes baby boy, says 'our Junior Singh has arrived'

UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:46 PM IST
  • Singer Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a son. They had earlier shared several posts trying to guess the baby's gender, wondering if the child would be a 'Singh' or a 'Kaur'.
Close
Armaan Malik is known to be quite vocal on social media about the issues pertaining to the music industry.
Armaan Malik is known to be quite vocal on social media about the issues pertaining to the music industry.

Armaan Malik: I do not believe in talking about religion or politics on social media

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:21 PM IST
Singer Armaan Malik says he has his own beliefs and way of thinking, but he doesn’t feel the need to voice that, because someone or the other will take offence to it.
Close
BTS singer V and his friend Peakboy worked on Snow Flower, which released in December 2020.
BTS singer V and his friend Peakboy worked on Snow Flower, which released in December 2020.

BTS's V drops vlog featuring his workout session, his friend Peakboy and more

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:01 PM IST
  • BTS singer V released his vlog on YouTube, which featured a few behind-the-scenes glimpses at his song Snow Flower with Peakboy, his workout session, and more.
Close
BLACKPINK singer Rose in her solo debut poster.
BLACKPINK singer Rose in her solo debut poster.

BLACKPINK's Rosé solo debut release date out, see teaser poster

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 06:27 PM IST
  • BLACKPINK member Rosé shared posters to confirm that she will make her solo debut on March 12. Her fellow BLACKPINK members Jisoo, Lisa and Jennie extend their support.
Close
Tulsi Kumar is currently doing season 2 of the show Indie Hai Hum.
Tulsi Kumar is currently doing season 2 of the show Indie Hai Hum.

I have a renewed zeal in 2021: Tulsi Kumar

By Nikita Deb
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:58 PM IST
With four singles releasing in 2020 alone, singer Tulsi Kumar says that she had quite a constructive year, being fully aware of the extreme hardships the rest of the world went through
Close
BTS singer V caught Indian fans' attention with his namaste.
BTS singer V caught Indian fans' attention with his namaste.

BTS singer V ended yoga session with a 'namaste' and Indian fans rejoiced

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:55 PM IST
  • BTS singer V left fans in India screaming after he was seen thanking a yoga instructor with a "namaste."
Close
 BTS singer Jungkook talks about his mixtape.
BTS singer Jungkook talks about his mixtape.

BTS: Jungkook drops JJK1 mixtape spoilers, breaks a VLive record

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:58 PM IST
  • BTS singer Jungkook was the talk of the town with his surprise VLive followed by his statements on his upcoming mixtape, dubbed JJK1, on Saturday.
Close
Harshdeep Kaur with Neeti Mohan at her baby shower.
Harshdeep Kaur with Neeti Mohan at her baby shower.

Harshdeep Kaur's baby shower was made perfect by Neeti Mohan. See pics

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:41 PM IST
Singer Harshdeep Kaur is all set to become a mother for the first time and her friend, singer Neeti Mohan threw her the sweetest baby shower.
Close
Shaan has responded to a troll on Twitter.
Shaan has responded to a troll on Twitter.

Shaan hits back at troll who says he has lost his ability to sing

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Shaan was targeted by a troll on Twitter for sharing his opinion on the rising fuel prices in the country. The singer, however, decided to reply to their mean comment.
Close
Singer Jonita Gandhi has lend her voice to songs such as Chennai Express title track, Sau Tarah Ke, Lagdi Hai Thaai and Main Tumhara.
Singer Jonita Gandhi has lend her voice to songs such as Chennai Express title track, Sau Tarah Ke, Lagdi Hai Thaai and Main Tumhara.

Jonita Gandhi: Music industry is still male dominant and there’s a certain stereotyping that’s happening with women

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:59 AM IST
Jonita Gandhi feels the music industry is still not an equal place, with a lot of inequality and stereotyping that continues to plague it.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP