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Saturday , November 24 , 2012
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Although it was a performance by a group specializing in Malayasian fusion, the musical evening of November 5 proved that music can surpass all the lines of control of this world. The students of The Temple of Fine Arts in Malayasia presented Naad Pravaham at the ICCR, where a global essence of music, rather than a particular art form, conquered the hearts of listeners. The group consists of seven members, who have chosen to perform in a few of the Indian metropolises, including Calcutta.

The musicians of this evening were Jyotsna Prakash on the piano, Prakash Kondasamy on tabla and percussion, Jazlon Norman as the bass player, Kalpana Paranjyothy on sitar, Pangasshani Gowrisan on Carnatic violin, Mohammad Hishavudy on percussion, with Saravana Prabhu as the sound engineer. They started their presentation with a composition named “Jumps Pad”, which was a reflection of the pace of life. The speed rose step by step and the rhythmic pattern made the audience feel the spirit of exuberance. Their next presentation was based on a south Indian raga, Malayamaarutam. Carnatic violin played the most important role here.

“Anything goes” was the name of the following presentation. To justify the name, the group gave individual, impromptu performances based on a single tune. The effort of the pianist to tie all the instruments together in a single string was praiseworthy. The musicians here tried to manifest the freedom of expression. Although the performance was a united effort, the audience also got a chance to judge the individual talents of the musicians. The sitar, violin and the percussion instruments were beautifully played and caught everybody’s attention.

The next presentation of the group was “Moorish waves”, which was a fusion of Malayasian, Indian, Spanish and Chinese music. They started this performance with a beautiful mukhra on sitar in Raga Ahir Bhairon, a typical morning raga, followed by fusion beats on bass guitar, piano and other instruments. The next piece was based on another Carnatic raga, Reetigowla. It was followed by a performance called “Gypsy river”, which recreated the magic of a flowing river in dance format.

They concluded with a composition called “Love and Fantasy”, which brought forth the joy of love as the performance commenced with a mukhra on sitar in Raga Darbari Kanada. The beats and rhythm of the fusion music faintly carried the essence of this raga. The enchanting mood continued till the end.