Give & take

Two renowned flautists, a jugalbandhi of Hindustani and Carnatic music, and a metre-long flute take centrestage at this concert

Next Thursday, the city can tune into a unique confluence of musical talent: one from the Maihar tradition of Hindustani and the other of the Mali tradition of Carnatic. A jugalbandhi will bring together Ronu Majumdar, among the most prominent flautists in Hindustani music, and 23-year-old JA Jayanth, hailed as a prodigy in Carnatic music circles.
Majumdar, who received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award this year, is a trendsetter for his use of a customised double base flute, the shankh bansuri, and the lower octaves he effortlessly creates. “I’ve been coming to Chennai for over 30 years now. This is the Mecca of music,” declares the Mumbai-based musician. Of the audience and their receptiveness to Hindustani music, he says the city “used to be conservative”, focussed only on Carnatic music, but today things have changed—Hindustani musicians perform solo concerts here to a sizeable audience.................Read more



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