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In a musical journey of almost 37 years no moment he says is more peachy than his entry into the group Remember Shakti that began with the guitar player John McLaughlin,violin player L. Shankar,Ustad Zakir Hussain and T H Vinayakram in the seventies.

Written by Tanvi Salkar |
December 3, 2009 3:59:52 am

Set to beguile audiences with a unique assimilation of compositions,V Selvaganesh will perform along with four other musicians in the city

In a musical journey of almost 37 years no moment he says is more peachy than his entry into the group Remember Shakti that began with the guitar player John McLaughlin,violin player L. Shankar,Ustad Zakir Hussain and T H Vinayakram in the seventies. “It was not even in my dreams to be with them. I saw them as a kid and then myself with them. Zakir Hussain invited me to join and this has been one of my cherished times,” says V Selvaganesh who subsequently continued with more musicians for Shakti and describes the journey as a trail towards improvisation.

The renowned kanjira player will revive the bliss in the city as he performs once again with Ustad Zakir Hussein,Shankar Mahadevan,Sivamani and U Srinivas “ We have together composed four pieces which were first performed last year as a part of the programme,Heartbeats that is in its second year. Although the compositions are same we perk up each time during the performance and share a common vibe that helps bring the best on stage. It will also be happening in other cities including Mumbai,Kolkata and Bangalore,” he adds.

With solo albums along with international musicians,V Selvaganesh first composed for Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu,a Tamil film last year. Talking about his recent projects he says,“I am currently working on another Tamil film Kola Kolaya Mundhirika that has Shankar Mahadevan singing a Punjabi bhangra number. He is infact my favourite singer and has sung in my every film. My journey has been from Carnatic to fusion,composing and then films . Although I have to limit classical music in the mainstraem it definitly gives me scope to compose for the albums as well as films.The process of learning music has introduced me to renowned musicians across the world and also wonder over the similarities that exist. For instance a music that I once heard in Africa was very similar to mine. It’s an enthralling process,”

V Selvaganesh is also assisting his father and Grammy-winner T H Vinayakram,to run the Sri JGTV school that trains children in music. “We teach music for underprivileged children to train them to become percussionists and musicians. It is more like spreading music to take it to the next level considering that kids these days are very keen to learn and there is so much of accessibility snd exposure through television and shows,although we teach classical music,the base for everything,” he adds.

(Selvaganesh will be performing in the city at a musical concert – Heartbeats,on December 4,at Aabasaheb Garware College grounds 7.30 pm onwards)

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