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A New Series Brings Hindustani Classical to a Club Setting

A trio of young artists will perform every three months at Café Zoe as part of contemporary night Come Together

Rolling Stone India
Rolling Stone India Jun 05, 2018

(from left) Tabla player Ojas Adhiya, violinist Nandini Shankar and sarod player Abhishek Borkar will kick off Come Together at Cafe Zoe, Mumbai on June 10th. Photo: Courtesy of First Edition Arts

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The staid, sober and proper Hindustani classical events are about to be transplanted out of the auditorium and into the nightclub, courtesy of a new series in Mumbai that kicks off this weekend. Come Together, which takes place once every quarter at Café Zoe in Lower Parel, will pair up three classical musicians with an aim to increase interest in the genre, without taking the fusion route.

Mumbai-based performing arts company First Edition Arts have called on sarod player Abhishek Borkar, violinist Nandini Shankar and tabla player Ojas Adhiya, all young and versatile in their fields, to perform at the inaugural edition on June 10th.  Devina Dutt, director of First Edition Arts says, “We believe that gimmick-free raga music, performed in an all-new setting and free of some of the rigid protocols of the typical classical music concert, will draw listeners to the music.”

In a promo video shot at Café Zoe ahead of their show, Shankar, Borkar and Adhiya are sat discussing the idea of the concert series. Adhiya says it’ll be the first time he’s performing with a violinist and sarod player of his own age group. They discuss their performance, picking raagas such as Yaman and Bageshri for their concert. Shankar says, “We’ll be bringing our music to where they are. New music for them, new audience for us.” Borkar adds, “The point about this place is that we’re making ourselves approachable as well as the music.”

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Come Together ft Abhishek Borkar, Nandini Shankar and Ojas Adhiya takes place on June 10th, from 6:30 onwards at Café Zoe. Entry: Rs 500. Event details here.

Watch the promo video for Come Together

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