Delhi gears up for Indo-Dutch musical jugalbandi

The CD release tour for project ‘Luminance’ of duo Meeta Pandit and Heiko Dijker begins from the National Capital with a live musical concert today

e4m by Nitin Pandey
Updated: Feb 13, 2012 10:28 AM
Delhi gears up for Indo-Dutch musical jugalbandi

Kamani Auditorium in Delhi is all set to witness a unique fusion of Jazz Free Floating music with the melodies of Indian classical music. The CD release tour for project ‘Luminance’ of duo Meeta Pandit and Heiko Dijker begins from the National Capital with a live musical concert on February 13, 2011. Further concerts are scheduled in Mumbai on February 15 and in Chennai on February 18.

Speaking to exchange4media, Dijker said, “This project brings Indian traditional music to 2012 – the new era.” Adding to this, Pandit, a well-known vocalist from the Gwalior Gharana, said that through Luminance, they were giving a different platter to the audience in the form of Indo Western music.

Pandit and Dijker have worked together for two years on the project.

Dijker shared that they were also using social media platforms to promote the event. “We are also trying to approach all music schools so that young talent can participate in the concert,” he added.

The event is being promoted through various radio interviews as well. Meanwhile, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched various advertisements too.

On the collaboration for the music, Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR, stated, “This is yet another step in ICCR’s journey towards building a dialogue and collaboration between diverse performing traditions.”

Under the Indo-Dutch collaboration, ICCR strives to articulate and demonstrate the diversity and richness of the cultures of India, both in and with other countries of the world. At the concert, the singings hint at a mix of genres such as Pop, New Age and Dance Music with the strong base of Indian Classical to keep them together.

Besides Pandit and Dijker, the other participants in the concerts include: Dutch guitarist Wim Den Herder and German saxophone and flute player Ulrich Bernd Schroeder aka Praful, who is known for his No. 1 radio hit ‘Sigh’.

The ‘Luminance’ Project
After a glimpse of the musical talent that each possessed, Meeta Pandit and Heiko Dijker decided to blend their skills and recorded both in Delhi and Amsterdam. It is a musical endeavour that has brought two countries together to produce a fine confluence of Indian songs, Jazz and electronica. The songs have components of Pop, World, Lounge, New-Age and Dance Music and incorporate elements of classical Indian music too.

Pandit has worked with the leading French Jazz pianist Allie Delfau, and this is her first non- classical album in which she lends her voice outside of the classical domain, reaching out to a world-wide audience. Dijker has combined his sophistication of production, arrangements and many years of tabla-training into this project. The real magic of the Luminance project is captured in their live performances.

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