Koshish – A Musical Crossover: Shubha Mudgal (India)

Koshish – A Musical Crossover: Shubha Mudgal (India)

29 November 2014
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Celebrated for her powerful voice and expressive renderings, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s most versatile and sought after vocalist who is able to effortlessly straddle genres as diverse as Hindustani classical and popular Indian music. Shubha Mudgal and her musical ensemble will present Koshish, a musical crossover that blends elements from Indian classical and folk music, jazz and popular music. Inspired by poetry from the Indian subcontinent, Koshish beautifully melds musical and poetic influences to create music that is at once “powerful yet restrained; contemporary yet rooted in tradition” (The Hindu). Diversity is ever present in their musical arrangements, coloured by each member of the group. The ensemble includes Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), Srijan Mahajan (drums), Aneesh Pradhan (tabla), Anil Chawla (keyboards), Aditya Balani (guitar) and Gaurav Balani (bass). The multilayered texts of medieval Indian poets as well as contemporary literary giants such as Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Gulzaar lend depth to their expression and emotion to their music. In addition to original compositions created especially for the project, the ensemble also presents popular tracks that are closely identified with Shubha Mudgal.