Kottayam: The sleepy town of Kottyam will witness a rare musical night on Saturday when noted playback and ghazal singer Hariharan performs at a concert titled 'Sympathy of Empathy' at the Baselious College ground here.
The singer will be accompanied by Grammy award winner Manoj George, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Chari, and many other internationally acclaimed artists.
The musical evening, organized by the Arts Foundation Kottayam (AFK), is Hariharan's first public show in Kottayam. His troupe will be experimenting a new concept for music lovers in Kottayam where songs are woven into a symphonic kind of orchestration.
“My band will feature a chamber orchestra, where maestro Ravi Chari will be on sitar. We will start with Mozart's symphony and go to folk songs and other styles. There's a romance piece in Mozart and then, we will play different styles of music, including some movie theme combinations featuring Hariji's magical voice,” said violinist Manoj George.
When asked about the new trends in cinema music and the success of songs like ‘Jimmiki Kammal,’ Hariharan said, "Music evolves according to the generation. All trends are part of an experiment. Trends come and go. What matters is how good the trend is. If a trend catches up, it’s because it has the power,” he said.
Hariharan said because of video-sharing websites like YouTube, the world has shrunk. “We didn't know any trends back then as we were not exposed to different styles of music like today's generation. Now, you can listen to any style of music sitting in any part of the word and get inspired," he added.
Singing a few lines from his famous album Colonial Cousins, he said, “That too was an experiment, considering in mind that people always needed change.”
Talking about the youngsters who venture into the music scene, he said,"Today's youngsters are more tensed and therefore they try high-pitched songs, which even includes shouting. I think it has become more competitive for them.”
When asked whether Hariharan has any new project in Kerala, he laughed and said that nobody was approaching him. But he feels that Keralites have an innate love for melodies when compared to others in the country.
AFK has been hosting musical nights for melomaniacs in Kottayam for the past three years and this event is supposed to be one of the biggest show in the city. The idea to launch such an event was to raise money to help the elderly artists in the music industry and felicitate them during the event. AFK will also honor Gokulam Gopalan, chairman of Sree Gokulam Group of Companies with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to social, art and culture, and business.
The musical evening will begin at 6 pm and promises to entertain the audience with a variety of music.