Des Pardes – ITIDA featuring Rahul Mishra


In seeking a nom de plume, the Lucknow-born Aditi Iqbal Srivastava has turned into the Los Angeles-based ITIDA, although her roots remain firmly entrenched in India as a disciple of Girija Devi and, needless to say, reflected in the sounds of “Des Pardes”. Much credit for the amalgamation of both worlds – East and West – should also go to guitarist Shakti Chanchal as Aditi shuffles her classical vocals from Hindi to English supported by multiple Indian instrumentation. The oft mis-utilised term, “fusion”, may not be hip nor innovative on “Des Pardes”,  but there is no denying that the track is musically eclectic, especially with the onset of supporting vocals from the Benares gharana tutored Rahul Mishra. But this mid-tempo track from world citizen Aditi establishes that while she explores the amalgamation of global sounds through her passion for composing and singing, in the heart of hearts, she remains a traditionalist. Welcome home!

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI

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