Every year, I look forward to the Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of the Arts.
Particularly when… there are Indian Flute recitals!
I love the sound of the bamboo flute. While the Chinese Dizi can sound rather sharp and shrill, and the music rather direct at times (not unlike the intonations of the Chinese Language), bamboo flutes just seem have this unique, mellow and lovely tone quality.
And the Indian RAGAS! They’re not just a scale or a permutation of notes, they’re virtually the life of the music. Changing the raga of a song isn’t like changing the scale or key of a song – it changes its entire Essence.
The previous Bamboo flute recitals I attended were all of a more classical nature – there’d be a solo flautist, of course, usually accompanied by a tabla player. Sometimes they’d have a Tambura player, sometimes a drone box – but that was about it.
Imagine my surprise when I stepped into the recital studio, and saw the widest array of instruments I did not expect! There was a synthesizer (attached to a MacBook, I might add), a grand piano, Mirdangam, Tabla, Violin, and the Western Flute in addition to his collection of Indian Flutes!
What followed was an amazing night of fusion and collaborative music. R&B, Soft Rock, Folk Song, Classical, and my favourite – JAZZ.
I was blown away.
(PS: Even if we may not be Real, I’d like to think the Music is >.<)