Today,10th July happens to be the 2nd death anniversary of Grammy award winner Dhruba Ghosh. His Collaboration with the Paul Winter Consort for the album "Miho: Journey to the Mountain" was the highlight of his career. He was a visionary when it came to Music and had collaborations with various International Artists. Firstly he was instrumental in forming the World String Orchestra in Japan, which involved using the traditional string instruments of Japan, China, Korea, Uzbekistan and India. The other collaboration was with Baroque musician Philippe Pierlot, cellists Jean Paul Dessy, Francoise Deppe and Justin Pearson. He had also worked with world music exponents like Trilok Gurtu and DJ Robert Miles. We rewind through some of our past interviews to give an insight into his vision.
How would you explain your instrument the Sarangi?
Sarangi is the quintessence of North Indian culture, it's the essential juice?. To take it further, the instrument has richness of the Indian spices, has the kind of luxuriousness, not governed by the clock music so to say, ?S?arangi can go on and on.. so luxurious and emotional. Poems, Ghazals whether the poets are reciting to other poets or to one's beloved, the Sarangi represents that kind of personal expression of joy.
The future of the Sarangi?
The Sarangi to my mind is a very serious instrument by its very sound, serious and a very personal instrument and therefore it can be singular in its projection too, but given an electronic interface it can play havoc, on the kind of sound that can been generated.
What will be impact of Electronics in Music?
Music is going to change, Electronics will become part of Classical Music. Acoustic Music will become kind of refugees and function like refugees.
The future of Classical Music?
It is likely to be Fusion music, fusion music is a very tentative form like shifting sands, it will be the next classical music as I have been telling you but it requires to go through a lot of growth by brilliant minds.
Coming to the business aspect of shows what is your opinion?
Today in the Music scene big money paying concerts are much more than small money paying concerts and who takes them? A few people, this is the way the system works and they take away the big chunk of the cheese and very less is left for other artists.
How would you look at Music v/s art like painting?
To me Painting is a art frozen in time whereas Music is art living in time?.?
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.