Fusion music in India

Fusion music seems to the new trending chartbuster of the season. While bands and even solo artists are opting for experimenting with this genre, we wonder what is it that makes this one so special.

In a world of modern thoughts, Fusion probably keeps some elements of traditions and culture alive. May be that’s where the interests of the musicians lie! “Unlike yesteryears, today we have Shakira, Akon and Bryan Adams all looking at India with interest. There lays probably more possibilities of making fusion music,” says leading percussionist Fazal Qureshi. No doubt, we have to agree with the fact that this kind of music has much more scope in a country like India where every culture’s music can be classified as a different genre.  Moreover, with the continuous exposure to the western media, Indian musicians are given much more opportunities to fuse music.

But there are a variety of musicians who believe that this kind of music hasn’t been well handled by Indian musicians. “Today everybody talks about fusion music but very few in India understand fusion music. Fusion music is about two different musically diversified genres coming together. To create that one has to know the finer nuances of one’s own music,” says Satik Veena player Salil Bhatt.

While we don’t deny the words of these well experienced musicians, we also believe that there are musicians who are not only well versed with the meaning of Fusion but are also able to deliver songs that can match up to their expectations.

Kishan Amin, a resident of the U.K learnt classical music from Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra. While he is exposed to the traditional styles of Indian music, being a citizen of a foreign land, western music too is a part of his lifestyle. Fusing the two, the singer made his first album Geetanjali, a collection of bhajans with contemporary music! Other artists like Basant Singh create a fused music based on themes like nature. Anuradha Pal, the only Indian to have performed at the Woodstock Festival, her achievement says it all!

In a world of bass guitars and drums, Advaita also blends in other melodious instruments like flute and The Sarangi.

These prove that even though some musicians believe that Indian musicians need to be a little more educated when it comes to Fusion, we at Artist Aloud believe that Fusion and its awareness must be a little more widespread amongst music lovers, so that such talented artists get enough credit for their par excellence creations.

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