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Some of the county’s young string players spent a day learning about Indian music and playing techniques with the world-famous violinist, Pallab Bandyopadhyay, as part of Cambridgeshire Music’s half-term events during October. The Indian Music and Fusion event, at the King’s School in Ely, not only introduced young instrumentalists to Indian classical music, but also showed them how to incorporate some its styles and methods into their own playing.
Pandit Pallab is an expert in the ‘Jog Gharana’ style of violin playing as well as a composer and conference presenter, and introduced students to concepts such as the ‘Taal’ (the basis on which rhythm and form are expressed in Indian classical music), as well as a ‘Raag’ (the name for the melodic framework around which Indian musicians improvise. The day’s activities climaxed in a terrific, lively performance for parents, family members and friends, in which the young performers created a superb piece of Western and Indian musical fusion that received a rapturous response from the audience.
Well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to King’s Ely for hosting, and to Pandit Pallab for sharing his insights and expertise. If you would like to find out more about what the day was like, you can watch a short video and hear some of the music on the Cambridgeshire Music website.