The New Faces of Fusion: Shadow and Light
An act that isn’t afraid take on the unconventional
Comprising vocalistÂ Pavithra Chari (23) andÂ producer Anindo Bose (35)Â New Delhi duo ShadowÂ and Light blendÂ Hindustani classical withÂ electronica, jazz and bluesÂ in their compositions.
After meeting in 2012 andÂ deciding to create aÂ couple of tracks together,Â the duo released theirÂ eponymous debut albumÂ in 2014 and revealed theirÂ unique blend of gospel,Â jazz, rock and HindustaniÂ classical whichÂ immediately created aÂ buzz. Their 2016 followupÂ Elements brought inÂ bold dashes of R&B andÂ featured both Hindi andÂ English tracks, breakingÂ more boundaries of genreÂ and language to displayÂ Chari and Bose’sÂ versatility as artists.
Trained under veteranÂ vocalist Shubha Mudgal,Â Chari also displays aÂ remarkable flair for theÂ Western vocal styles thatÂ complement Bose’s rootsÂ in R&B and fusion, thusÂ allowing for a vast arsenalÂ of musical skillsÂ between them.Â In 2017, Chari and BoseÂ won the Best Pop ActÂ (Judges Choice Award) atÂ the 2017 RadioÂ City Freedom Awards andÂ toured through India andÂ Sri Lanka. The duo alsoÂ debuted a collaborativeÂ track with Indian-American producer KarshÂ Kale along with two ofÂ their own songsÂ [“Unkahin” and “Whisper”]Â at Bacardi NH7Â Weekender in Pune inÂ 2016, in addition toÂ opening for renownedÂ sitarist Anoushka Shankar.
This year saw the releaseÂ of their third studio albumÂ Sabar, which exploresÂ themes of grief, gratitude,Â inspiration andÂ perseverance, making itÂ their most emotional andÂ detailed offering yet. TheÂ band are currently on aÂ tour of the U.S.
Hear Shadow and Light’s track “Dhadkan” from their album ‘Sabar’ below: