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Ohhh.. fusion!

Entharu Mahanu is a decent effort at fusing Carnatic classical music with a Western symphony orchestra. Not as grandiose at it could have been but in any case, it’s one of the first compositions of this kind that I’ve heard. Another one is Alaipaayuthey from the Tamil film of the same name. That’s a good composition too. I am extremely wary of such stuff because a lot of wannabe-stuff gets paraded as fusion and that’s a lot of not-so-great music.

Real fusion is ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin. A phenomenal album, it has 11 odd compositions, each one a masterpiece. Classic rock combines effortlessly with Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies to create one fantabulous album. My personal favourites are Kashmir, Battle of Evermore, Four Sticks, Thank You and so many more… Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are artists in the truest sense. They innovated, created, fused… and I’ve been lucky that I’ve got to hear SO much of their music. My dream concert is a Led Zeppelin one but that doesn’t seem possible, never again.

True fusion is Shakti. A who’s-who ensemble featuring John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and various other greats. Hari Prasad Chaurasia has featured in several of their albums. Each album of theirs is a masterpiece and they have truly combined Indian classical music with Western instrumentals to come up with sheer brilliance. As you can see, I can’t stop gushing. I was luckier in case of Shakti; I attended their concert in B’bay. What a concert!!!

The day I’ll be able to play Jagadhaananda and Entharu Mahaanu on the violin… I’d have done exactly what I wanted to learn the violin for. AND if I get to play during the Thyaagaraja Aradhana in TN, man, the purpose of my life would have been served and I would have lived well.