A Classical Confluence

Many youngsters are wary of Indian classical music for the fear that they will find it hard to understand but all they need to do is understand a bit about it, and they're good to go," says Mahesh Kale, a California-based vocalist. In the city for a performance, Melange, Kale is bubbling with excitement. As the name suggests, Melange will showcase the evolution of Indian classical music. "Melange will be a series of snapshots of various genres of Indian classical music, conceptualised to demystify it and make it more approachable," says Kale, who will be the only lead vocalist in the show.

The show will include a range of music forms such as khayal, tarana, thumri, ghazal, bhajans and natya sangeet. The show will be presented by noted Marathi actor Ashwini Bhave. "To understand, translate and explain musical concepts to the audience was a new experience for me," she says. Kale will be accompanied by Ramakant Paranjape (violin), Nikhil Phatak (tabla), Rajeev Paranjape (harmonium), Amod Kulkarni (percussion) and Bhushan Mate (guitar).

Melange will be held on February 3, 9:30 pm onwards, at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium. Tickets available at the venue and online.

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