Aurodhan Art Gallery, is offering an eclectic musical experience at Pondicherry this Monday. An annual event in collaboration with IndiEarth Xchange 2015, the evening takes off at 6 pm with a performance by Laxman Das Baul from India, the Irish band Aldoc and the duo Tuelgar Mangolia, before culminating with Ziskakan from the Reunion Island.
a�?Last year, we had Tritonix from Mauritius, Christian Solem from Reuinion Island and a host of other musicians. We curated our artiste palette this time, keeping in mind the positive feedback we received,a�? says Lalit Verma, founder of Aurodhan Art Gallery.
Baul to Aldoc
Known for his esoteric and earthy music, Baul recalls, a�?I remember collaborating with an Australian music group, Sim Sim, at Pondicherry last year. We had an obvious language barrier. But in the end I was mesmerised by the way we could connect through music and deliver a memorable performance. a�?
The mystic from Bengal will give way to the Irish band Aldoc, whose front man Alan Doherty has contributed to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. a�?When we stared Aldoc it was to be a solo flute project,a�? he says, promising the magic of the flute at the concert. Recalling the first time he heard Indian music he says, a�?It was Zakir (from the album Shakti with flute by Hariprasad Chaurasia) and I thought,a�?How on earth can they play so fast and still have such groove and feeling.a��a�?
Next up will be Tulegar from Mangoli with their khoomei, which is a type of throat singing. The festival ends with Ziskakan from Reunion Island bringing in the richness of Creole tradition and language.
At 6 pm on November 30 at Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry. Donor passes available at the venue. Details: 0413 2222449. Go to page 19 For the IndiEarth Xchange 2015 festival at Chennai.
& Arka Sengupta