Category Archives: Music

Opera, Opera!

Certain types of music are acquired taste. Opera falls into that category. I have been listening and watching Operas for a while now and I have falling in love with that form of music. Apart from music the sheer visual presence of performers along with the orchestra is breathtaking.

As a rookie Opera fan, I was excited at the possibility of witnessing an Opera performance in Bangalore. I was overly excited that I booked my seats in advance. However there was one little thing that slipped my mind which caused enough embarrassment later on.

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Tibetan Mask Dance (QAMO)

The sounds of beating drums echo in my ears, as I brace myself to watch one of the ‘weird’ performances that I might ever witness. A ritual dance is such a personal experience to the participant that I feel like an intruder. My inner self nudges me to move away, another cynic in me chides my overactive mind for jumping to conclusions (after all I am an atheist)! Then of course, the mountaineer in me that always raises thumbs when I finish a climb, asks me watch on. And was it an experience. The Qamo dance performed by Tibetan monks was indeed a sight to behold. Even if my belief in God or any other Godman is limited to the extent of complete lax, I believe that the dance was so filled with faith and belief that it might actually drive away the evil spirits like it was meant to be.

The Daemons Lined Up During The Qamo Dance

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Pink Floyd – Tribute

Recently i attended a concert by Pink Floyd tribute band called Breathe – The Floyd Sound. They performed in many parts of the city and country. I had a chance to catch them perform at UB City. They were very professional and sounded very good. The only disappointment was the sound system. Midway into the concert some of us were barely able to hear the vocals. The band performed the popular songs as well as not so well known ones like Arnold Layne and Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun. Overall it was memorable concert.

Breathe - The Floyd Sound Performing Another Brick In The Wall II

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The Enchanting Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean is a fusion music band with jazz rhythms integrated Slokas, Mythology etc. Their music has a very soothing feel. I have been a big fan of Indian Ocean for about 6 years. I had been to their concert twice before. This time around I heard that the Bengali Cultural Association had booked them for Durga Pooja Festive season. I booked my tickets well in advance. However when I arrived at the venue, I was disappointed to see a sparse turnout. My guess would be around 800 people. We had to wait for 1 good hour before Indian Ocean took the centre stage.

 

Indian Ocean Live!

 

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Vettaikaran – Song Lyrics In English

The tamil film and music industry of the 70’s can be proud of its huge collection of thought provoking, poetic lyrics. The same industry today produces some of worst lyrics in the world. To make the matters worst these songs with disgusting lyrics become major hits. The industry now focuses on only dance numbers giving no importance to lyrics. Having said that one can argue that there are still few songs with good lyrics that are recorded in new era. I noticed that the few food songs were mostly love songs and i would not give any credit to them. If anyone reads about the history of music across cultures, its love songs that have often been portrayed poetically and redone many a times. Writing a love song is like an experiment where the result is already known. Many would like to argue on that point, but its just my opinion.

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Jethro Tull – A Night Of Entralling Music


Just minutes before i could enter the concert arena, I could’nt help myself wondering if its going to be good show. For one, i was not a big fan classical/hindhustani music nor had i heard much of Jethro Tull. It was obvious that it was too late thinking about it as we have already purchased the tickets. I was the one to pull in more company for the concert so all more reason for me to be worried about the quality of the music that will be played. So it was Me, Uttaran, Ozzy, Arun and Prerna, with 3 of them having little or no prior concert experience. I have heard few Jethro Tull numbers and i liked them, but not much of Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the Pandit Ravi Shankar. The first thing we had in mind as soon as we entered the arena was to gobble up some unhealthy food and thats exactly what we did. The concert started at around 7:15 PM and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull introduced Anoushka and her band. She started off with Raag Jog in Aaditaalam. The splendid sound of sitar and tabala gelled well with the cold weather to give a promising start. She mellowed down with Raag Panchamsigara her dad’s composition which was not so much to my liking but it was great anyway. She went on to play another song which iam not sure what it was. But it was overall a superb performance. This has convinced me to try out Anoushka’s works. After the first set, we were eagerly waiting for Tull to take stage. The second set was purely JT, and they started off with Living In The Past.

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My Personal Tribute Richard Wright

I heard the news that Rick Wright one of the original members of the band Pink Floyd, has passed away. He died of cancer at the age of 65.