Versatile singer Shankar Mahadevan and sitar ace Purbayan Chatterjee announced their upcoming musical endeavour, London’s Alchemy Festival, on Tuesday here.
Classical singer Kaushiki Deshikan was also present at the occasion.
On talking about London’s Alchemy Festival, Mahadevan said, ” This type of events helps to take our music to the western level.”
“I had worked with Purbayan once with his band ‘String truck’, and it is a complete genre of Indian classical music in combination with lots of western elements,” he added.
About Kolkata, Mahadevan said that this city is full of rich heritage and food and it has also retains the culture.
He also expressed his willingness to work in a Bengali movie.
On the city visit on Tuesday, the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regaled the audience in a concert with Mahadevan`s soul touching voice, Ehsaan Noorani`s dynamic Acoustic Guitar and Loy Mendonsa`s finesse in Grand Piano.
Alchemy Festival is into the third year and is organized by Southbank Centre to explore the richness, contrasts and connections between the UK, India and South Asian culture.
Chatterjee said, ” The concept of this festival is to bring together diverse cultures, specially the South Asian culture.”
Mahadevan and Chatterjee will perform a Jugalbandi on Apr 21, at the festival in London.
The festival will start from Apr 12 and will continue till Apr 22.
(Reporting by Priyam Mallick, Images by Avishek Mitra)