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Fusion fissures



Striking a new tune... Talat Aziz in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium.

NOBODY HAS ever doubted the dynamism of Talat Aziz, whether his vocal chords are in ghazal mode or dialogue mode but now the man is going public with Dynamic Fusion crystallising the best from the music world. Is ghazal also making a departure from the purity?

Talat takes umbrage: "Fusion doesn't mean diffusing. Those who think that we are creating a musical hybrid are mistaken. We are just blending different genres without compromising on the purity of any particular genre."

How he is going about it?

"I am working on this concept for the last one-and-a half years. First Ustad Rashid Khan and I tried to fuse ghazal with a classical bandish and it worked out well. Then, we included jazz with Louis Banks accepting my offer and when everything fell in place, we decided to have a show," says Talat, adding that now Shaan has also joined the group. "People are not realising what we have done but once the show will be on the air, they will love it." One agrees that the proof of pudding is in eating but the ghazal singer has crossed over to the commercial pastures as well after joining Cinevistas as a director. "We are holding concerts across 12 cities and then, we will show the recordings on Sony channel," he informs.

Talat is not game for starting a new trend. "See, nobody initiates a trend. It is just an experiment. If public accepts it then others will follow and it becomes a trend. Otherwise, the person goes into oblivion," he says. What about the trend of music videos of ghazals that Talat initiated? "Don't talk about that. Waqt badal gaya hai."

And cricket, his other passion?

"Woh bhi. There is no fun left in the game. There is so much politics. Anybody can make out that even those who are playing are not enjoying it. The pressure is obvious."For the moment though, the pressure of making Dynamic Fusion is far too apparent on Talat's face.

ANUJ KUMAR

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