All the music lovers in Chennai, gear up for an evening filled musical melodies as sounds capture you, captivate you and take you to dreams unlike never before.
This Sunday, two famous musicians-Rakesh Chaurasia and Anil Srinivasan come together for special collaborative concert called ‘Melodies in the Breeze’ at Sri Mutha Venkata Subbarao Concert Hall. Get your fill of music as Anil Srinivasan performs some soul warming music with the Piano in collaboration with Rakesh Chaurasia who is set to perform magic with his bamboo flute.
Popularly known as the nephew of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rakesh has, over the years, carved a niche for himself. He is a composer and also a flautist who performs with the Indian Bamboo Flute, Bhansuri. He has performed in Japan, Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA in both the classical as well as semi-classical genres. He has recorded with popular names in the Indian film industry while also composed and associated with international artists like the Spanish guitarist Marco Salaun, Indian jazz pianist Louis Banks and percussionist Taufiq Qureshi, amongst others. Some of his most notable performances include the concert when he shared stage with Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Shivkumar Sharma and his son, Rahul, accompanied by the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain, the occasion when he and Talvin Singh were invited to conclude the 24 hour live music broadcast to a worldwide audience on the BBC radio celebrating Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, the solo performance in front of 2000+ crowd at ‘Hindi Sahitya Sammelan’ in the city of Allahabad. He has also performed at Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris with Talvin Singh, Leicester International Music Festival in England, ‘Ashirwadh Sangeet Samaroh’ in Varanasi, ‘Festivals of India’ at Russia, etc.
Despite his numerous performances, his main aim has always been to become a full-fledged classical musician.
He is a trained western classical pianist born in Madras (present day Chennai), India and educated at the University of Southern California and at Columbia University, New York where he obtained his MBA. A musician, an entrepreneur, a consultant and a music educator, Anil has donned many hats.
Brought up in a South Indian traditional atmosphere with Carnatic music all around right from birth, he has studied western classical piano since the age of three, owing to which he has been well-trained in both Carnatic as well as Western Classical music. He is a creative music framer who believes in weaving complementary musical backgrounds where his collaborators emboss their music. He does not believe in mixing both the genres but prefers to bring out both the sides of his persona separately, by playing solo on Western Classical and being a Carnatic pianist when it comes to collaborating with other musicians.
In the past, he has collaborated with some of the renowned names in music like Sikkil Gurucharan, the Dhananjayans, Unnikrishnan, Chitravina Ravikiran, Lalgudi Krishnan, U Shrinivas and other stalwarts across the globe. Anil hosted a television show, “Keys and Conversations” with well-known NDTV-Hindu anchor, Anuradha Ananth for 13 episodes. He has also performed in Sydney Opera House where he was an artist-in-residence, Lincoln centre, New York, Korea, and London.
In August 2010, Anil Srinivasan was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by the central Sangeet Natak Akademi for Creative and Experimental Music.
Melodies in the Breeze Concert @ a glance:
When: Sunday, 17th March, 2013 at 6.30 PM.
Where: Sri Mutha Venkata Subbarao Concert Hall, Chennai
Performers: Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute) and Anil Srinivasan(Piano).