Renowned artistsincluding Kaushiki Chakraborty, Purbayan Chatterjee, Rakesh Chaurasia, Gino Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Sangeet Haldipur and Rickraj Nathmesmerize over 1400music enthusiasts
Chennai, November 16, 2019: HCL Concerts,an initiative by HCL that work towards nurturing and promoting the Indian classical performing arts, presented a soul stirring evening featuring maestros of Hindustani classical and Western music at The Music Academy. The unique vocal-instrumental fusiontitled ‘Parampara Reloaded’,featured performances by renowned Hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, Rakesh Chaurasia on flute,Purbayan Chatterjeeon sitar, Fazal Qureshi on tabla, Gino Banks on drums, Sangeet Haldipur on Piano and RickrajNathon Guitar.
‘Parampara’ is the succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture. ‘Parampara Reloaded’ refers to this tradition, where the exemplary artists come from extraordinary lineage, but the music is Reloaded to suit the sensibilities of a more youthful audience.
’Parampara Reloaded’ witnessed a fusion of Hindustani classical music converging with the contemporary landscape. While Kaushiki’s effortless yet powerful gayakidrew thunderous applause from the audience, the octaves hit by the artists on flute, sitar, tabla, keyboard, drums and guitar had the audience swooning to their soundscape. Flautist RakeshChaurasia along with UstadFazal Qureshion Tabla and Purbayan Chatterjee on Sitar presented the classical tradition to the audience which was complimented by Gino Banks on drums, RickrajNath on guitar and SangeetHaldipur on keyboard, who brought in the Western flavor to the overall performance.
Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundationsaid“HCLhas been supporting Indian Classical Performing Arts for over two decades now by providing a platform for established as well as upcoming artists to perform across the country. While, we have been associated with The Music Academy for 13 years in Chennai focusing on identifying and promoting young Carnatic talent, this is our first ever non-Carnatic concert in the city.This show was an amalgamation of Hindustani Classical with contemporary beats by some of the most accomplished artists in the country and we received a great response from the audience!”
The concert was attended by 1400 music enthusiasts whose applause and standing ovation was a ratification of their experience of the performances.
About HCL Concerts:The conservation and promotion of India’s art and cultural heritage is very close to HCL’s heart. To this end, HCL has been organizing HCL Concerts for over 21 years, dedicated to nurturing and promoting the glorious legacy of Indian classical performing arts. Concerts under the umbrella of HCL Concerts are organized in India at Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Nagpur, Madurai and Chennai and in the US at New York regularly throughout the year.
Over the years, HCL Concerts has evolved into a unique platform for the exceptionally talented veterans as well as upcoming artists – be it dancers, vocalists or instrumentalists. Over 600 artists have graced this platform and have contributed towards reinvigorating the Indian classical performing arts. While there have been spellbinding performances by legends such as Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, HCL Concerts has also provided a platform for the new age maestros such as PurbayanChaterjee, Kaushiki Chakraborty and Rakesh Chaurasia.