Fusion music gains new heights

Fusion music gains new heights

Fusion music gains new heights

Jyotsna Srikanth is credited with taking music to a whole new level. She has added new dimensions to classical music. Jyotsna and her band, ‘Fusion Dreams’, performed to a packed house at Counter Culture in Whitefield recently. The audience comprised her fans, friends, family and well-wishers.

Among the pieces that Jyotsna performed were Tarentella, an Italian folk piece based on the Indian raga Keeravani. This foot-tapping number was truly entertaining. Next was Jyotsna’s composition titled, ‘Bowling the Violin’, which is based on raga ‘jog’.

One saw active interaction among the members of the band during the performance of this piece. Another piece, ‘Hip-Hop Violin’, was a hip-hop composition for the violin with mesmerising beats. Jyotsna also played ‘Insight’, one of her compositions which is based on raga Chakravaka. It was a rather calm, soothing and soulful piece.
In addition to performing solo across the world, Jyotsna says she enjoys collaborations with overseas artistes.

This, she says, not only gives one a good exposure but also opens up a new perspective. “Collaborations with foreign artistes becomes an enjoyable experience if they have the ability to gel with our music. It exposes me to different genres of music and gives me new ideas to compose when I work with them,”explains Jyotsna. 

Jyotsna has always experimented with the existing music to create something new. She’s at ease with classical and fusion music. She thinks the two genres have a charm of their own. About which of the two genres she enjoys performing, Jyotsna says, “Performing classical music has less encumbrance, but fusion comes with many strings attached to it like rehearsals, artistes’ co-ordination, orchestration etc. But in the end, it is very satisfying.”

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening and found the music fresh. Thomas John, who had come for the event, says, “Jyotsna is best known for her experimental music. She enlivens every one of her performances with her exceptional skills in playing the violin.”

Roopa Siddharth, a classical musician, adds, “I am a classical musician and I am a bit of a purist. But I’ve always liked Jyotsna’s attempt at fusion. She blends them well and creates something magical.”

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