A charity show for crematoriums might sound unusual, but it is, for sure, a thoughtful
act. Electric crematoriums provide clean and conducive cremation facilities. However,
the cost of constructions and maintenance have driven some crematoriums to closure
while some lie unused since their inception. The Rotary Club Of Hyderabad - North
has taken a step forward in this regard and come up with a music concert featuring
the famous musicians/singers Sivamani, Hariharan and Mahalakshmi Iyer.
Percussionist Sivamani, who has been playing since age 7, got filled with an awe for Noel Grant that was beyond measure, forcing him to try out Noel's beats at home. Also inspired by Billy Cobham, this present day Percussion-Prince came slow up the flight of the percussion stairs to be where he is now - the top. Invited by India's rhythm ambassador Zakir Hussain to share the stage with him and Trilok Gurtu, this performer needs no greater introduction. He is the guy who renders each recording of A R Rehman and the concerts of the uncrowned King of Indian Jazz, Louis Banks, complete.
A collaborative effort with Leslie Lewis gave Hariharan phenomenal success in the Indian musical scene in 1996. Colonial Cousins became the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged, bringing this humble singer all the international fame he deserved. With almost a 15-year-span career in music behind him, Hariharan was popular just amongst a small coterie of ghazal fans. His versatility was first appreciated in 1993 when he started singing for films. However, it was the Hinglish album that shot him to fame in 1996 and led to the rediscovery of a voice that later received the prestigious Indian National Film Award for the category of the "Best Male Singer".
Mahalakshmi Iyer is the unseen voice behind a lot of non-film tracks like 'Baahon Mein Chale Aao' and 'Aaja Piya' from the Dance Masti series. She has sung for A R Rahman in Dil Se, worked with Talvin Singh and done many songs in Tamil. Her music profile includes songs sung in over 11 Indian languages including all the South Indian languages. Her half-Tamilian and half-Maharashtrian gave her the best of both Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music. Her inspirations and influences include Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
All the proceeds of the show will go towards the upgradation and maintenance of the Bansilalpet Electric Crematorium. Please contact the Confluence Consulting Group at 2373-2997, 2373-4117, 98484-44815 or 98491-65332 for more details.