Thursday, February 12, 2009

Indian Fusion Music

Fusion music is an interesting concept which is quite popular in many parts of the world. Fusion as the name suggests, refers to mixing up of two different music. It is not only an innovative way to present class music but it also commands a world wide fan following. Fusion music in Indian context is not a very old concept. The first known fusion performance by an Indian musician was way back in 1955 when Ustad Ali Akbar khan performed in USA. That can be said as the beginning trend in fusion music by Indian musicians. Slowly the concept picked up and with opening up of numerous cultural collaborations, more and more fusion music performance started taking place. They say, music has no religion and no language. Fusion music proves this statement.

Indian music witnessed more fusion in 1960s and 70s when rock and roll was making waves. Renowned sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar was the chief protagonist of emerging Indian fusion music. Several stage shows were performed in places as far as Europe and North America. He also collaborated with famous music band Beatles. Other Indian musicians to perform fusion music were, Bihari Sharma, Khalil Bal Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Badal Roy. In popular category, Asha Bhosle and Shaan also performed with other western artists. In recent days, several filmy music and bhangra songs have been fused to create amazing music. With introduction of several new technologies in music equipments, this trend of fusion music is bound to be even more popular.

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