Times of Oman
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‘Ripples’ triggers a musical storm in Oman
July 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The Ripples concert by Crossover saw a true amalgamation of Indo-Western confluence. They captured the hearts of the audience with music that blended Indian classical and folk with jazz, rock and flamenco.–Supplied photo

Muscat:  Music enthusiasts of Muscat experienced a unique world fusion music concert at Al Falaj Le Grande Hall recently.

The dynamic musician and composer duo of Soumya Dasgupta, on the guitar, and Subrata Bhattacharya, on the tabla, transformed their vision of creating an album that would showcase a confluence of musical styles from throughout the world with the creation of their band Crossover.

Ripples is their debut album, that was collaborated with some of the finest artists and musicians across India.

The Ripples concert by Crossover saw a true amalgamation of that Indo-Western confluence. They captured the hearts of the audience with music that blended Indian classical and folk, jazz, rock and flamenco, infused with strains of music from the desert.

The concert was performed by musicians from India, along with some of the outstanding musicians of Muscat.

What made the concert unique was the variety of compositions by Soumya and Subrata. The number Four and Some More is based on 9 beats and 8 beats, finally culminating in an Arabic-Flamenco style hand clapping in 9 beats, with a Flamenco guitar passage. The number Step out is about an introverted soul who is out of step with the world at large (the number starts on 11 beats), who decides to come out of his shell (the number moves to 12 beats at this point) and begins to discover the wonders of the world.

Conversations, a composition loosely based on the Indian raga Yaman, has each instrument personifying a character.

A Rajasthani folk song with this kind of music added a different flavour to the number Sands
of Time.

Soumya Dasgupta, an architect and a passionate guitarist, as well as the pillar of Crossover took the audience by storm, enrapturing them with his signature style that combines all musical genres, and yet stands distinctly apart. International tabla maestro Subrata Bhattacharya of Flat Earth Ensemble fame gave a stellar performance. Mention must also be made of all the other artistes, simultaneously.

Santhosh Chandran, a guitar and banjo player and a foremost musician of the South Indian film industry, left the audience spellbound with his flamenco style. Nirmalya Roy, prominent classical vocalist, intertwined his melodious voice with classical raagas. Eminent flautist Debopriya Chatterjee Ranadive, disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, on the magical flute, enchanted the audience.

Soumen Bhattacharjee complemented the fusion with his distinguished sitar performance.

 and Pulak Sarkaron keyboard added depth to the  diversity. Also, the jugalbandi amongst Subrataon the tabla, prolific percussionist Mongopal Dhar of Kolkata and super drummer David Joseph of Muscat, was an instant hit with the audience. Meanwhile, Dominic Dias, bass guitarist from Muscat, held the spine of the concert together, while Kamalika Ganguly, the Muscat based popular emcee and versatile singer, stunned the audience with her powerful rendition ofRajasthanifolk.

The"Ripples" concert  by Crossover in Muscat was inaugurated by   His Excellency, The Ambassador of India, Mr. J. S. Mukul. The official launch of the "Ripples" album in Muscat was officiated by His Excellency The Ambassador of Bangladesh, Mr. Sekander Ali, Mr. Kiran Asher, Managing Director of Al Ansari Trading and Mr. Anil Khimji, Director of Khimji Ramdas. They each congratulated Soumya Dasgupta and Subrata Bhattacharyya on their milestone achievements.

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