Indian musical duo Mullick and Das carry out in Kuwait – ARAB TIMES

Bengali Cultural Society organizes first reside present in 2 years

Lately, the Bengali Cultural Society, considered one of Kuwait’s oldest non-profit Indian socio-cultural organisations, organised a reside live performance on the Indian Neighborhood Faculty auditorium that includes Sourendra and Soumyajit, an Indian pianist and vocalist musician duo famend for his or her eclectic model of music. The reside present, the primary one to be held within the final two years, was loved by a packed auditorium.

Sourendro Mullick and Soumyojit Das are two very particular Indian musicians identified for bridging the previous and the brand new, merging the standard with the up to date of their music. Their expertise, ingenuity, vibrant melody, and experiments with soul, folks and conventional music have helped create a big listenership in India and the diaspora. In current occasions, they’ve curated some very particular live shows commemorating essential occasions in India and overseas. Based mostly in Calcutta, the cultural capital of India, the 2 musicians regard themselves as world residents who create, produce and carry out musical experiences that transcend genres and language. Soumyajit, the vocalist, likes to experiment with varied musical genres starting from classical, semi-classical, ghazals, thumri, up to date music and playback songs. His companion, Sourendra, performs the piano in a mode that mixes the nuances of Indian classical music and the western grammar of the piano.

Sourendro Mullick and Soumyojit Das

When requested if a practice of music at residence impressed the duo to pursue the artform, Soumyadeep says, “I don’t even keep in mind a time after I was not singing. As a baby, I keep in mind listening to music and decoding it with my childlike creativeness, or I used to be most likely singing some tune someplace. However I feel music is that one mission in me, which I’m carrying from the previous few lives that I’ve lived. That is what I consider.” Sourendra’s mother and father have been inclined in the direction of music. His mom, like most Bengali ladies, might carry a tune effectively. “Each my mother and father have been inclined in the direction of music, and so they tended to hearken to completely different sorts of music and appreciated them.” As a baby, Sourendra was uncovered to a variety of musicians, together with Debabrata Biswas, Lata Mangeshkar, Music from Arabian Nights and Elvis Presley. “ I’m very grateful to have been born on this household,” he says.

Each Soumyajit and Sourandra aren’t solely prodigiously proficient, however they’re additionally extremely skilled musicians. Soumyajit has skilled below the legendary Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty since 1996, whereas Sourendra discovered music from greats like V Balsara, who launched Indian classical music on the piano and Ustad Vilayet Khan, the legendary sitarist, whose sitar tried to imitate the sound of the human. The position of the guru or the trainer is of utmost significance in Indian classical music. The guru has essentially the most vital position to play within the progress and growth of the musician as an artist, and it gained’t be unsuitable to say that they proceed to be a decisive determine all through a scholar’s lifetime. Soumyajit and Sourendra are not any exceptions. “I’m so grateful to my Guru Ajoy Chakraborty for bringing me out of all of the shackles that typically conventional Indian music comes with,” shares Soumyajit when requested about his guru’s infl uence. “I’m so lucky that this legend has launched me to this enormous sky that’s Indian classical music. He has given me all the freedom to interpret it and has additionally proven me the accountability of decoding it. Infact Indian classical music has turn out to be my life-style. So Guruji’s infl uence on me shouldn’t be solely restricted to my music, however he has impacted my life-style.” Sourendra speaks about studying not simply from their lecturers but in addition from their expertise as musicians. “Our lecturers have been very liberal,” he says. “However it’s not that we have now solely discovered from our gurus. We’ve got discovered from all over the place. We study from each human behaviour we see round us. We journey fairly often. All through our travels, we accumulate knowledge and attempt to translate them on to our tasks, our music and our compositions.”

In 2005, the duo went on their maiden European tour and established their band You & I the identical yr. By focussing on various musical traditions, acoustic phenomena, and experimentation, the duo created a novel soundscape that’s their very own. Quickly, they could possibly be discovered composing music throughout varied genres starting from experimental music to ghazals, conventional sounds, Bollywood music to folks. Considered one of their fortes is collaboration. A few of their spectacular productions embody Jaya Hey — the 40 legends led Indian nationwide anthem that includes Dr M. Balamurlikrishnan, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rashid Khan and Pt Jasraj. They’ve travelled the world and carried out at prestigious venues, together with the well-known Rudolfstadt competition, Moers Competition, Nehru Centre, and the British Museum. They’ve carried out for the Prime Minister and President of India, and each reside curated venture of theirs is a spectacle within the offing.

How do the 2 synergise their musical imaginative and prescient? Music may be intensely private. Musical collaborations may be tough to maintain. “It is a very difficult query,” responds Soumyajit. “So far as I’m involved, I’m a really poor scholar of music, and I have a good time myself as a poor scholar of music studying and getting launched to this enormous world of music every single day.”

To Sourendra, the duo’s power is in being collectively. “Soumyadeep and I work with our common set of musicians. It’s a thought that we create collectively. This togetherness is our power.” Sourendra acknowledges the preliminary hardship the duo confronted whereas selling their type of music. “However our togetherness has been our best power to me. Initially, we confronted a number of hardship in selling our musical imaginative and prescient, however our togetherness, our best power, helped construct it up. Right this moment we work on large tasks by which we collaborate with worldwide stars and legendary musicians and carry out in entrance of a world viewers or Prime Ministers and Presidents. We do it with the assistance of our younger staff employees. We’ve got beautiful concepts and ideas, and we will solely current them in the precise spirit as a result of we have now nice individuals who come collectively to help us.” – By Chaitali B. Roy Particular to the Arab Occasions


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