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Aayat presents Sufi music with verve of soft rock

The band has a unique texture,bordering between Indian classical and world fusion music.

Written by Entertainment News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 30, 2013 5:07 pm

Aayat band presents a rich blend of Indian classical and sufi with soft rock,which is a fresh take at the genre itself.

It has a unique texture,bordering between Indian classical and world fusion music.

“We are a fusion band with immense potential. We believe that sky is the limit for us,” said the band’s lead vocalist Nadeem Khan.

In one of their many performances at the SYNC lounge in Faridabad,the band memsmerised all with soulful and quality music.

The band began with Abida Parveen’s classic Chap tilak and Damadam Mastkalander,followed by Sayonee by Junoon and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Kinna Sona.

The audience cheered Aayat on as they blended sufi with soft rock with absolute perfection.

“Using the instruments of 21st century we invoke Sufi music and maintain the purity of the form,” said the band’s drummer Arnab Bhattacharya.

However it was not just the reinvention of Sufi music that enthralled the crowd but the band also showcased a Jugalbandi of tabla,drums and bass guitar like never before.

The jugabandi was the highlight of the show where Arnab (drummer),Rasheed (tabla) and Deepan (bass guitarist) showed the band’s true potential.

Other than that,the band also catered to audience their favourite tracks such as Nadaan Parinde from Rockstar,title track of Rock On among others.

The band surely has all that it takes to redefine the music in an enthralling way.

Meet the band:

Nadeem Khan (Lead vocalist): He belongs to the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana of music. He is the nephew and disciple of padma bhushan ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan,son of Ustad Aftab Ahmed Khan and younger cousin of Ustad Rashid Khan.

Rizwan (vocalist): hails from the family of musicians known as Rampur Sehaswan gharana. He is the son of Ustad Aftab Ahmed Khan and learned under his father’s able guidance.

Arnab Bhattacharya (Drummer): A Visharad in tabla,Arnab,has a unique jazz-influenced style hugely influenced by jazz gurus like Steve Gadd,Vinnie Colaiuta,Carter Beauford and others.

Rasheed (Tabla): The disciple of famous Ustad Akram Khan,Rasheed belongs to the Ajrara Gharana of music. He quite easily fuses complex Indian tabla patterns with modern western grooves.

Deepan (Bass guitarit): He brings a lot of passion and enthusiasm in the band. He is the technically proficient musician on-board and often acts as a back up vocalist with a style of his own.

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