Portrait of an Artiste | The Indian Express

Written by Suanshu Khurana
Published: March 15, 2018 12:17 am

Aruna Sairam

For the last one week, renowned Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has parked herself in London, where she is busy with rehearsals for a concert titled “Back to the Blues”, a collaboration with British sarod player and composer of Indian origin, Soumik Datta, which will resonate at St John Smith’s Square today. The two, along with Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam and moorchang, Cormac Byrne on bodhran and percussion and Al MacSween on piano will explore the connections between Carnatic, Hindustani and Western music traditions. So, the popular krithis of Tyagaraja will meld into the realm of Hungarian-Austrain composer Ligeti, and that of American composer Philip Glass. The presentation of this tectonic shift is being helmed by Datta with Sairam as its pivot….

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