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Involved: Members of Esperanto.

Many years ago, much before the digital revolution, music used to be performed live in an intimate setting, around campfires and small halls. The ambience used to be enchanting and whisked the audiences away to a magical world. Esperanto recreated that experience for the music-lovers of the City and for a brief period of time, took them back in time to a starlit night in the deserts of an unknown country.

The dim lighting and soulful music coupled with the intimate stage enthralled audiences and won hearts instantly.

Esperanto has veena diva Geetha Navale, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Gopal Navale, Michael Sorenson from Denmark on blues harp, sound designer Nanda Kishore on string synthesiser and lead guitar, violin virtuoso Ranjan Beura, tabla wizard  Rahul Pophli and vidwan B N Ramesh on mridangam.

The evening had a combination of varied musical genres coupled with classical music to create numbers that were fresh and original.

Their rendition of a 500-year-old song and a beautiful composition of Thayagaraja left the audiences spellbound. What followed was a wonderful rendition of Raga Thodi, titled Every Man Has A Life Of His Own. It initially felt like a pop number but turned out to be an intense song.

One of the highlights of the evening, however, was the combination of Flamenco music with a simple Carnatic music raga.

The unlikely combinations of different genres made the music of ‘Esperanto’ a truly unique experience.

Nanda Kishore, who used to be into heavy metal earlier and recently became a fan of classical music, was a treat to listen to as his fingers created magic with the guitar.
The piece began with the familiar Flamenco note coupled with the sweet notes of the veena and the strong sound of the violin later.

The piece ended with a huge applause from the audience. The tabla-mridangam jugalbandi requires a special mention. The jugalbandi felt like a heated argument between the two instruments and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

After a highly technical percussion jugalbandi, the audiences were treated to a freestyle jugalbandi.

A peppy light number, it marked the end of the evening. Cards titled Gypsy Dreams were given at the venue. Talking about them, Gopal Navale said, “We would like to roam the lands like a carefree gypsy, playing music that stirs the soul. This is our initiative. So if you like our music, you can always contact us and we will come play for you.”

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