Band Baja promotes and recognises new, innovative talent which transcends the traditional boundaries of music genres and styles. This series presents ‘instrings’, featuring internationally renowned violinist Sangeeta Shankar along with her daughters and disciples, Nandini and Ragini Shankar. The musicians of the band instrings add an interesting, contemporary twist to popular Indian music to create never seen before combinations, says NCPA.
The musicians include Shyam Edwankar (Meinlcymabls), Ajeet Pathak (tabla, pakhawaj and dholak), Shankar Lakshmanan (ghatam and mridangam), Vaibhav Wavikar (drums), Shahnawaz Ahmed Khan (guitar and bass) and Chitty Pillai (keyboard and accordion).
The performance will witness a fusion of various musical genres including Indian folk, Western Classical, Indian Classical, Jazz and so on. The band consists of three electric violins, keyboard, guitar, drums and a variety of percussion instruments, and is known for creating a new flavor of outstanding music from already popular tunes.
Sangeeta Shankar, who was born in Banaras into a musical family, is the daughter and disciple of violin maestro Padmabhushan Dr. Smt. N. Rajam. She, as well as both her daughters, have received training from her.
She first performed on television at the age of eight and made her highly appreciated solo debut at 16, making her mark in the Indian classical music industry since then; she has given numerous performances, both in India and abroad.
Sangeeta has a doctorate degree in music from The Benaras Hindu University. She is also engaged in imparting voice culture and music training at Whistling Woods International Film institute. Along with this, she is also working on an educational project titled Milaap, aimed at inculcating values, culture and peace amongst humanity in children.
What Band Baja: Promoting Young Collaborations
Where Experimental Theatre, NCPA
When Saturday, April 21 (6.30 p.m.)