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Indian vocals meets Western instrumentation at blueFROG

Chennai-based Vedanth Bharadwaj and Bangalore’s Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy are a musical duo with a difference. Blending Indian classical vocals with acoustic guitar strains, they have been performing together since 2010 when Bharadwaj invited Narayana–swamy to be a part of his second album in 2010, a collection of poems of the poet Kabir set to music, called Suno Bhai. Narayanaswamy’s soulful vocals are well complemented by Bharadwaj’s guitars. He tells us more, ahead of their concert.

Mixing classical vocals and guitar.
It seems to be one of the best
blends of sounds we enjoy. Guitar automatically creates a space of melody and rhythm on which the voice finds a beautiful space to soar.

Projects in the pipeline.
We are currently making music for a Tamil film. By next year, we will be part of a project working on Qawwali music. We are also all set to go to Germany by October to perform as part of a documentary film and installation project.

Set list.
There will be a lot of peppy and energetic songs interspersed with some gentle ones. A few songs include, Vaari Jaun Re, a Malwi folk song, Magan Bhayi O Ladli, a Malwi Kabir song, Hirana, a Kabir poem composed by Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Naachre Mero Man, a peppy modern Kabir number composed by Bindhumalini and Ganga Mayi, a Kumaouni folk song.

What sets your music apart?
It is easy; it hits the heart straight and evokes various emotions. It takes one into a state of celebration or meditation. The noisy minds just settle down immediately.

Entry `1,000. Sunday, 8.30 pm. At Church Street. Details: 69999549

— RR

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