Author Archives: Akshay Datta
The Silent Sea by Advaita
The Indian music scene is at its finest right now. The richness of our own musical heritage, be it Hindustani Classical, Carnatic or Folk, coupled with the immense exposure to music from all over the world has enabled artists in the country to create their own unique sound and feel, leading to some incredible musical acts. No other act in India, however, exemplifies the amalgamation of sights and sounds more than Advaita. This Delhi-based octet, which marked the coming together of a variety of musicians at the top of their game all the way back in 2004, have only grown from strength to strength, scaling peaks that only a few have been privileged to reach….
Ghulam Ali – Live in Concert at Palace Grounds, Bangalore
This is not a review. An account is more like it, because it requires sheer stature to “review” a performance by an artist, a maestro, a legend, who one has grown up listening to. Although Ghazals in today’s scenario are a dying art form, they are still considered as one which involves immense taste. One always associates Ghazals with the sensibility of the soul. If you are an avid Ghazal listener, you are considered as an individual who possesses fine taste which is needed to understand the intricacies of the songs – the harmonious melodies, the soul-stirring couplets, the subtleties and nuances in the presentation style. After all, these aren’t miraculously developed overnight. It takes…