Musical Magic

Posted by Lakshmi Ramakrishna
September 30, 2013
(L to R) Mukul Dongre on Drums, Pt. Ramdas Palsule on Tabla and Pt. Ronu Majumdar on Flute

World music fusion band ‘Vibrations’ presented an aural feast for the ears of the music lovers here at the Marigold Hotel, Begumpet on Saturday evening. A dream project of ace flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar, the band combined Indian Ragas and rustic folk music of India along with Jazz and Blues. Organised as part of Hydourite 2013, an initiative celebrating the spirit of Hyderabad with ‘100 days of celebrations’ the performance was a lively, thrilling mix of music from different musical traditions. The band comprised of Pt. Ronu Majumdar on Flute, Pt. Ramdas Palsule on Tabla, Atul Raninga on keyboard, Mukul Dongre on drums/percussions, Rajesh Rajbhat on Pakhawaj. Mr. G. Kishan Rao, Advisor – Tourism, Government on Andhra Pradesh; Mr. S. Sivakumar, CEO of Agri Business Division, ITC Limited; Mr. Javed Ahmed, GM – Marigold Hotel and others graced the event.
Fusion of two great musical traditions, jazz and classical Indian music, the music of Vibrations band contains the Indian Ragas and rustic folk music of India along with Jazz and Blues of the world music, which blends very well with the complex Indian Percussion system. The band performed popular compositions from Pt. Ronu Majumdar’s Grammy nominated albums like Tabula Rasa, Fusion Yatra and A Travelers’ Tale among other compositions.
The evening started with a Russian inspired ‘Calcutta Chiaroscuro’ composition followed by ‘Dancing with the Wind’, a piece in Raga Hansadhwani. ‘Vaishnava Jana to’ bhajan in Raag Khamaj was soothingly melodious with Pt. Ronu Majumdar also singing a few lines of the same. The piece ‘Back to the Road’ in Raga Janasammohini with Pt. Ronu Majumdar’s solo in-between had the audience in rapt attention and complete silence breaking into sheer exuberance after the piece. The band performed a special piece ‘Playground’ for the children from the album ‘Music for Children’. Another composition ‘Bonding’ in Raga Madhuvanti from the album ‘Music for Children’ was also performed. Mukul Dongre’s magical and mind blowing drumming was much appreciated by the audience.
The band also played ‘Joy Sutra’ from Fusion Yatra which is the result of what he has learnt from Western composers said Pt. Ronu Majumdar. The performance of ‘Vande Mataram’ in Raag Desh left the audience mesmerized. The performance of ‘Vibrations’ band ended on a high note with a highly rhythmic, melodic musical mix in Raag Jog called ‘Jog Jazz’.
“In the coming days Hydourite will play host to exquisite performances from varied fields of art, dance, music, theatre and much more,” informed Achanta V. Ramakrishna, Manoj Chandrasekhar and Capt. Anand, the people behind Hydourite.
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