Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Hindu November Fest

The Hindu November Fest sets foot into its 11th edition in Chennai bringing together an eclectic mix of genres and great music. This year’s line-up features artistes who have made a mark in popular and classical music and won critical acclaim. In Chennai, the fest begins with Pakistani sensation Shafqat Amanat Ali who will perform a collection of his super hits and Bollywood chartbusters, offering a blend of genres that include Sufi, Pop, Bollywood and fusion. The concert promises to be a power-packed experience with electrifying numbers such as Aankhon ke saagar, Khamaj, Akhiyan, Kherheyan de naal,Bin tere and Mitwa, presented by Shafqat and his band of fabulous musicians. 

From Sufi, the music migrates to a Carnatic treat, Kaatrinile… Remembering MS. This concert features four prominent vocalists – S Sowmya, Nithyasree, Hari Priya and Shanmukha Priya (popularly known as Priya Sisters) who have come together specially for the first time to pay their tribute to M S Subbulakshmi, the redoubtable national and global icon of Indian classical music. The concert will feature a range of compositions popularized and immortalized by M S with an emphasis on the musical values that she stood for. The concept and script for narrative is by Gowri Ramnarayan.

Blending in a fusion with the Carnatic tones, will be the specialty of Subramaniams in Concert, featuring India’s violin maestro, L Subramaniam, the renowned playback singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and their family. He has made his mark in the music industry across different genres including jazz, occidental, jugalbandis, world music and global fusion. His wife, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, has sung over 15,000 songs in sixteen languages in various genres. In what promises to be a memorable event, this concert will feature three generations of musicians including L Subramaniam’s children Narayanan, Ambi, Bindu and his grand-child Mahati.

Last but not the least, the fest signs off with a flashback performance, Three to Jive. Popular playback singers, Karthik, Shweta Mohan and Shakthisree Gopalan promise to take audiences on a journey to the film music of the 60s and 70s. To an era when melody ruled. To an era when MSV ruled.

Moving on to a contemporary style, Filter coffee will be a brewery offering a mixture of ethnic and electronic, its own signature style. This new form of fusion provides a whole new dimension to the genres of classical music and folk giving it a modern perspective. This time, they will specially collaborate with vocalist Mahesh Vinayakram as part of November Fest. Filter Coffee is all set to give you the Urban Groove experience through textured sounds and a journey deep rooted in music. This concert will be followed by yet another popular band that creates music with a difference, Indo Soul. Karthick Iyer Liveis a perfect blend of vocals, electric violin, mridangam, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. They play as Karthick Iyer Live! & their music is defined as Indosoul.

Following this traditional genre of Indian music, the contemporary style unfolds into a treat by Indian Ocean. Formed in the early 90s, Indian Ocean has spearheaded the Indian rock scene. Their unique sound of contemporary rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion have earned them a cult following. Some of the themes the band explores in its songs are Sufism, environmental consciousness and mythology. This concert will make you experience the new sound of Indian Ocean along with your perennial favourites.

Join The Hindu November Fest in a celebration of music with these nationally and internationally acclaimed artistes. Book your tickets now at thehindu.com/novemberfest – let the music begin!  


Nov 19 - Shafqat Live
Nov 20 - Kaatrinile... Remembering MS - S Sowmya, Nithyasree, Priya Sisters
Nov 21 - Subramaniams in Concert - L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Family
Nov 22 - Three to Jive - Karthik accompanied by Shweta Mohan and Shakthisree Gopalan
Venue: Music Academy, Chennai; 7:30 pm 

Nov 20 - Shafqat Live
Nov 21 - Kaatrinile... Remembering MS - S Sowmya, Nithyasree, Priya Sisters
Nov 22 – Take Two: Karthick Iyer Live & Filter Coffee with guest artiste Mahesh Vinayakram
Venue: Good Shepherd Hall; 7:30 pm 

Nov 27 - Kaatrinile... Remembering MS - S Sowmya, Nithyasree, Priya Sisters
Nov 28 – Indian Ocean Live
Nov 29 - Three to Jive - Karthik accompanied by Shweta Mohan and Shakthisree Gopalan
Venue: PSG College of Medical Sciences; 7:30 pm 

Tickets available online at thehindu.com/novemberfest

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