Fateh Ali and Murad Ali
Convergence evokes the spirit of musical exploration while sitting beside a tranquil river. It is a soft tapestry blending the music of the twin brothers Fateh Ali on sitar and Murad Ali on sarangi, accompanied by Talvin Singh on tabla, Kanchman Babbar on flute, Aman Nath on guitar and Vasundhra on vocals. The brothers are of Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan of the Moradabad gharana of sarangi players.
Our picks include the opening tracks Infinity and Autumn, and Saturday Night in Delhi. Blending textures of jazz and lounge, this is a fine chillout album. The track Colour of Love is a tribute to poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau, credited with the inventions of tabla and sitar.
Be sure to check out the duo’s Web site at sarangisitar.com
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Author: Madanmohan Rao
Madanmohan Rao is an author and media consultant from Bangalore, and global correspondent for world music and jazz for World Music Central and Jazzuality. He has written over 15 books on media, management and culture, and is research director for YourStory Media. Madan was formerly World Music Editor at Rave magazine and RJ at WorldSpace, and can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao.