Western Classical Masterpieces moulded with 'dhrupadi gharana'

Amaan Ali Khan

A fusion album with sarod prodigy Amaan Ali Khan may happen by this year itself if things work out including timings, new age sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee today said.

"Happy with the way Amaan, whom I again met in Kolkata recently, responded to my last fusion albums. Both of us are planning to bring out a collaborative work with our own respective gharanas.

Last week he took away my recently launched Western Classical Masterpieces album and got back saying he listened to the notes and iked the arrangement," Purbayan said today.

"I had specifically asked him to give his feedback about my renditions including The Deer Hunter by Myers since it is a personal favourite," Purbayan said.

"In western classical masterpieces on sitar album I have used the rhythm and melody of age-old instruments like tabla, dholak, esraj to recreate the sequence of masters like Mozart's Variations for Piano on "Ah , Vous dirai-je Maman," Stanley Myers 'The Deer Hunter, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to give a lounge, informal feel to the Indian listener young and old alike," he said.

"It will be western gems dripped in Hindustani dhrupadi gharana," he said.

Contacted later Amaan averred "I am positive about collaborating with friends like Purbayan in Kolkata to bring out an album where different strands of music can flow side by side."

Purbayan, who has got acclaim for blending Indian classical music with contemporary world music genres and performed along with his band String Struck in some of the great musical venues, said another album with vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty would be brought out by middle of next year.

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