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Common Ground : Mike, Ashok, Ashwin, Prakash and Sridhar.

On World Music Day, which is June 21, ten extremely talented artistes will get together for a concert at Christ College auditorium. This Bangalore band, called Shoonya, will delight the audience with fusion music and will play seven musical instruments from across various continents.

Shoonya takes inspiration from their ‘nothingness’ to create some of the most eclectic and genre defying music. The artistes are Lester Godinho and Colin D’Cruz, two names that are synonymous with jazz. They will be accompanied by Ashok Kumar, who is a true fusion musician, having played Carnatic, Hindustani and even dabbled with electronica.

Also in the band is Pandit Prakash Sontakke, who is a musical thorough-bred, having adapted the Hawaiian slide guitar to his style of music. Prakash has delved deep into other genres of music ranging from jazz to fusion. He is also an acknowledged expert in the Gayaki Ang or the vocal style of playing the slide guitar.

The other artiste is Sridhar Sagar, the virtuoso saxophone player, whose talent is defined by the clarity of his articulation and fine understanding of laya or rhythm. A much-appreciated musician in the festival circuits, Sridhar is a constant presence at prestigious musical festivals. Not to forget Michael Sorensen, originally from Denmark, who is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in veena, the electric guitar and the harp.

Manoj George, who will play the violin, is another well-know artiste who performed the opening act for the Bryan Adams show in Bangalore.

Log on to for tickets or call 9880036611 for home delivery of tickets. A prelude to the show is on June 19 at Ravindra Kalakshetra, J C Road at 7.30 pm.

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