After being a fixture in concerts of some of Indias legendary Indian classical musicians for almost two decades and experimenting with a host of bands and musicians,multi-percussionist Bickram Ghosh has decided to dabble with sufi poetry and tunes. I had been toying with the idea for very long. The idea was to take on a journey where different sufi styles could merge with a rhythm-heavy sound, says Ghosh,who has also included a dholak in the set up as the instrument delivers the trademark sufi rhythm. The project came into existence last year when Ghosh roped in singer Parvati Kumari and Hindustani classical vocalist Ambarish Das and had a concert called Sufusion in Kolkata followed by concerts in Jaipur and Delhi earlier this year. We tried to create something organic and the response was phenomenal, says Ghosh,who is now turning Sufusions music into an album that will release by the end of this year. While Das has extensively performed with Ghosh in the past,Kumari has learnt under the tutelage of sufi faqirs. Sufuison will also do an India tour soon.
But since Ghoshs music is so embedded in Indian classical forms,he is also introducing khayal ang and thumri ang in Sufusions music. I am trying to retain the basics of Hindustani classical music and blending it with the soulfulness of the Sufi poetry and raga composed for the same, says Ghosh,who is also working on two film projects that include Girish Maliks Jal and Shekhar Ghoshs Super Se Upar.