The Enchanting age old Sarangi and the young Maestro Kamal Sabri.
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Thursday 14, March 2002

We are the world: Rhythm Chant That Unites

Kamal (left and Gulfam Sabri are among the many Indian musicians who experiment with diverse sounds to create World Music

THINK WORLD 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 these days.


"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 fusion music'.

"It's a refreshing change from usual stuff,"adds DJ Jazzy Joe.

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."


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