Transcendence- A Tribute to Legends Buddy Rich & Harishankar, kick started at the St.Andrews Auditorium, Bandra, on the 15th June 2018. The concert was sponsored by New India Assurance & Bharat Petroleum and Powered by GIGUE a start up with the aim of pushing boundaries in music.Ranjit Barot began the tribute to Buddy Rich with "In a Mellow Tone", followed by "Caravan". For this unique tribute,Bangalore Amrit composed 3 pieces and started with 'SAPTHA DHARMA'' in Carnatic classical Raga Dharmavathi. This was set to Mishra Chaapu Taal, a 7 count cycle divided as 3 + 4. The composition highlighted the innumerable possibilities of complex rhtymic patterns in a very systematic, symmetric yet soothing manner. He continued with special composition 'GURU SAMARPANAM, a set of unique sanskrit verses in praise of Guru Sri G. Harishankar depicting the salient features & playing style of Harishankarji set to Khanda Nade. This was followed by a konnakkol recitation in Khanda Nade (5/8) and a performance in Sampoorna Khanda Nade (10/8). Sampoorna Khanda Nade has not been attempted by any 'two handed' players before. AMRIT did this rare feat with one hand. He finished his tribute with 'CELERITY', a composition in Carnatic classical Raga Mayamalavagoula in EKa take (4 beat cycle). It highlighted speed & dexterity of Khanjira playing with power & clarity. The final part of the concert was a innovation on the "Dark Matter", a track from Ranjit Barot's "Boom Boom".
The program was attended by celebrities like Louis Banks, Gino Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Ashwin Srinivasan, Nandini Srikar and others. .
Louis Banks review on the event as posted in Facebook."Just attended the Transcendence concert featuring Ranjit Barot and Bangalore Amrit paying tribute to Buddy Rich and G. Harishankar... it was an amazing night of music and it reaffirmed my belief in creative music ... I’ve always believed that you go to a concert to hear and see musicians create and not replicate... you want to see musicians create art with passion, creativity, virtuosity and originality... and you want to see innovation ...replication is great for parties, elevators and time pass recreation... not for concerts....Ranjit , Amrit together with some amazing musicians did just that... they created great music live on stage.....it was truly Transcendence....a rare treat in these times...."
Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.
Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary