The concert unfolded with a poignant moment. Discussing her composition Daydreaming, Anoushka shared, “This song is my interpretation of a Carnatic lullaby, echoing my childhood filled with my mother and grandmother’s voices. And speaking of family, Hyderabad holds a special place in my heart. It’s the city where my parents were married 35 years ago today!” This revelation met with thunderous applause, set the stage for an evening steeped in emotion and artistry.
Anoushka Shankar and Quintet
Accompanied by her stellar ensemble – Sarathy Korwar on drums, Arun Ghosh on clarinet, Pirashana Theverajah on mridangam and ghatam, and Tom Farmer on cello – Anoushka embarked on a musical journey. They breathed life into compositions from her new mini-album Chapter I: Forever, For Now, their synergy evident in every note. Familiar melodies from past releases like Boat to Nowhere and Traces of You were reimagined, acquiring new depths and textures through the ensemble’s virtuosity.
The audience, packed to the rafters, witnessed some electrifying exchanges between musicians. The jugalbandis, musical duels infused with improvisation and dynamism, were a particular highlight. The sitar soared, the cello lamented, the drums echoed, and the clarinet spun soulful melodies in a mesmerising instrumental conversation.
Tom Farmer on cello
“It was a spellbinding concert. Anoushka is undoubtedly a true disciple of her father, yet in some ways, she excels even Pandit Ravi Shankar ji. The fusion of Eastern and Western instruments was executed seamlessly” – Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce and Information Technology, Govt of Telangana
Sarathy Korwar on drums