When east meets west, expect a magical medley. And magic it was at The Tollygunge Club on Friday evening when the saxophone met the khamak during A Fusion of Strings and Sax, presented by Antiquity in association with t2.
The evening featured Dutch artiste Maarten Visser on the sax, Mainak Nag Chowdhury aka Bumpy on the guitar and Kartik Das Baul, making for a beautiful fusion of notes, beats and cultures.
Things just got better when Kartik matched steps with the rhythms of Bumpy’s band Kendraka and Visser’s sax.
The cosy gathering greeted the performance with cheers and calls for an encore.
Popular baul numbers such as Mohona and Anandabazar by Kartik blended beautifully with the strains of the guitar and the beats of the drums. A lot of jazz and R&B followed.
“We are a bunch of musicians who understand each other’s music. Kendraka intends to encourage growth and positive changes in the field of fusion music,” said Bumpy.
Many in the audience were happy that baul music was getting the right recognition. “I had heard of such fusion initiatives but this is the first time I heard one live. It was out of this world! We would love to hear more of such music,” said a member of Tolly Club.