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The New Faces of Fusion: Shadow and Light

An act that isn’t afraid take on the unconventional

Riddhi Chakraborty Apr 09, 2018

Shadow and Light's unique blend of gospel, jazz, rock and Hindustani classical created a buzz immediately after their 2016 debut. Photo: Ishani Das

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Comprising vocalist Pavithra Chari (23) and producer Anindo Bose (35) New Delhi duo Shadow and Light blend Hindustani classical with electronica, jazz and blues in their compositions.

After meeting in 2012 and deciding to create a couple of tracks together, the duo released their eponymous debut album in 2014 and revealed their unique blend of gospel, jazz, rock and Hindustani classical which immediately created a buzz. Their 2016 followup Elements brought in bold dashes of R&B and featured both Hindi and English tracks, breaking more boundaries of genre and language to display Chari and Bose’s versatility as artists.

Trained under veteran vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Chari also displays a remarkable flair for the Western vocal styles that complement Bose’s roots in R&B and fusion, thus allowing for a vast arsenal of musical skills between them. In 2017, Chari and Bose won the Best Pop Act (Judges Choice Award) at the 2017 Radio City Freedom Awards and toured through India and Sri Lanka. The duo also debuted a collaborative track with Indian-American producer Karsh Kale along with two of their own songs [“Unkahin” and “Whisper”] at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune in 2016, in addition to opening for renowned sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

This year saw the release of their third studio album Sabar, which explores themes of grief, gratitude, inspiration and perseverance, making it their most emotional and detailed offering yet. The band are currently on a tour of the U.S.

Hear Shadow and Light’s track “Dhadkan” from their album ‘Sabar’ below:

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