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The New Faces of Fusion: Pakshee

From Hindustani classical to Carnatic to funk, they’ve got every genre covered

Riddhi Chakraborty Apr 12, 2018

Pakshee take pride in the fact that each member has strong musical background, making for a powerful foundation for fusion. Photo: Mohit Kapil

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Pakshee is six-piece world music outfit based in New Delhi who blend jazz, pop, rock and funk with Hindustani classical to present a mature, refreshing take on fusion music.

Spanning an age range of 19-23 years, the band features Tanishque Jarial on Hindustani classical vocals, Sree Rag on Carnatic vocals, Satyam Sah on guitars, Akshat Pradhan on bass, Pranay Parti on keys and Dan Thomas on drums. Pakshee first caught our attention with the striking music video for their 2017 single “Raah Piya” which combines smooth, contemporary jazz with Carnatic and Hindustani vocals.

Pakshee take pride in the fact that each member has strong musical background, making for a powerful foundation for fusion. There’s great regional diversity within the band too; two members are from Punjab while one is from Maharashtra, another from Delhi and two have roots Kerala which lead to the band often blending Malayalam and Hindi in their lyricism. For Pakshee, the key to capture a young crowd is to give them good—and good-looking—content; with its excellent cinematography, “Raah Piya” appeals to both fusion-lovers and cinema buffs.

The band are currently working on new music which they plan on releasing later this month.

Watch Pakshee’s video for “Raah Piya” below:

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