Different genres on one stage

Great Mix

There were about nine bands, a few from Nagaland and Manipur, that performed on the occasion.  The evening had a good mix of folk and fusion music along with hip-hop, jazz and heavy metal and what enthralled the audience most was Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s spellbinding performance.

He played fast, rhythmic pieces that went down well with the young in the audience. “I like to play fast tracks,  it can be any genre of music as long as it appeals to young people. And they must relate to what I play,” he said.

‘Soulmate’ from Meghalaya played some soul-stirring numbers. There was also a performance by Nagaland’s folk artistes Khrukusolu and Vetolu Lone.

K Sathyanarayanan from Chennai performed Carnatic and Indian classical music on keyboard. He sang Chinanchirukiliye and closed his performance with a
medley of traditional folk songs.

Next came the ‘Divine Connection’ from Kohima. They performed songs
like Tum Jo Mil Gaye Hoh, Zara Se, Ba Khuda, ‘It’s Love’ and ‘3:45 am’ and had the audience singing along.

Another highlight of the evening was the performance of Anuradha Pal, the
country’s sole woman tablist. She said she was fascinated by the sound of the

She said it requires great mental, physical and emotional control to play it. “I can play classical, Western and Hindustani pieces on the tabla,” explained Anuradha who also has a band of her own and collaborates with bands across the country for concerts.
She performed a tabla solo in Hindustani style and played a tabla jugalbandi with contemporary band Stree Shakti.

She concluded with an excellent Talavadya Kacheri.   The concert did well to provide a platform for performers from Nagaland.

“It’s an unforgettable experience for the folk artistes of Nagaland and Manipur who performed here. They have never performed before such a varied gathering,” said Theja Meru, one of the organisers. Shalini Sahuta, a student of Jain College, had come with her friends from Nagaland.

She said, “I have never heard singers from Nagaland. The music is surely very different from what we get to hear here.”

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