(left and Gulfam Sabri are among the many Indian
musicians who experiment with diverse sounds to
create World Music
Music and you're thinking Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter
Gabriel, String or our own A.R. Rehman and Louis Banks.
" World Music originated when Western musicians went beyond
guitars and drums to use Asian of African instruments,
lyrics and rhythm,"says Indian Ocean drummer Amit Kilan.
He Should Kown-at the Edinburg Fringe Festival where they
performed last year, their music, a mix of Sanskrit, Hindi
and Bhojpuri lyrics using western as well as Indian instruments,
was highly acclaimed.
Indeed, World Music is the hottest thing in the circuit
"People are ready for experimentation
now and West has opened up to ideas from the East and elsewhere,"says
Rajat Kakkar of Mrigaya, the band that produces what 'global
"It's a refreshing change from usual stuff,"adds DJ Jazzy
But World Music is not a sureshot seller in the market.
" Musicians make World Music more for personal creative
satisfaction than for profits. It may sell less but it is
a genre that has longevity," says Akash Gupta of Kshitij
Studios who have done some music for Silk Route.
Of course, our
city is in the loop too, Sarangi player Kamal Sabri has
experimented with Swiss jazz bands, even as his younger
brother Gulfam runs the Sabri Ensemble in London, where
he works with international musician form Egypt and China.
In fact, Siri Fort Auditorium will play host tomorrow to
Rare Rhythms, presented by internationally acclaimed World
Music exponents such as ghatam player T.H. Vinayakram (of
John McLaughin's group, Shakti) and percussionist Sivamani.
As Joe rightly points out: "It is one world, one people,
World Music is just another step towards a unified world."