The Masters Of Rock And Roll

The Masters Of Rock And Roll

One of the most recognizable rock bands out there is Queen. When it comes to early rock music, you can’t have much of a conversation without thinking about the Beatles. The Beatles were the first band to do what could be called pure rock, and the crowd response to it was exceptional. Many Beatles songs are instantly recognizable, and on top of that, they created such iconic imagery that a Beatles haircut and an Abbey Road record cover is instantly recognizable. When you are looking for an American band that has taken nearly every music award and broken almost every record, you need to take a look at Aerosmith. Aerosmith is a band that has been around since the early seventies. They have a harder edge to their sound than other bands that came before, and their iconic song, “Walk This Way,” has been covered by countless groups. This group continues to tour to this day. The Stones have been around since the sixties, and as they are still touring, that means that they are one of the great rock bands that has some serious staying power. Some of the albums that the band has released are rock legends, including Sticky Fingers and Their Satanic Majesties Request. One of their iconic songs, “Sympathy for the Devil,” takes pride of place as one of the most classic songs in the rock genre. When you are thinking about enduring popular music, you cannot go too far without running int U2. With their eighties hit, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” they took their place as one of the more politically aware and politically responsive music acts in the world. This band continues to tour and their concerts are still an impressive display of rock artistry.

The Masters Of Rock And Roll

Great Rock Singer And Bands

He says some people are “blessed” and so they understand even the subtle nuances and intricacies in the music but there are also listeners who simply enjoy the music or the ambience created by Agam. “Many people seem to like the democraticisation we are doing. That is what led us to do it. For Agam, it was all about finding a new format and we are doing that with some degree of success,” he feels. And what has been the response from the world of Carnatic music? “All sorts of responses have come from traditional practitioners of Carnatic music, ranging from very welcoming to very critical. A lot are in the middle. But the belief is that a majority of the practitioners have been positive or neutral to our music. They feel that this is a different way of practising Carnatic music. Harish explains that there are also musicians who feel that the existing format is fine and should not be tampered with. Given the fact that Agam has chosen popular kritis of Tyagaraja, Dikshitar and Swathi Thirunal to present those in their own style, how do they choose a composition to sing?

Harish says the thumb rule is to go for compositions that have not been usually chosen by other musicians to experiment with. “Some have been picked up for different formats and those have been done well. Our frame of reference are those untried ones. For instance, Tyagaraja’s ‘Manavyalakinchara’ in Nalinakanthi has been largely untapped. Similarly, Swathi’s ‘Panimathi mukhi’, Dikshitar’s ‘Rangupura Vihara’ etc. are not all that heard amongst music bands. Obviously, when we do such numbers, we are protected from being compared to,” he explains. He continues that there are other numbers that we feel might not lent themselves to a new format. “Then there is the challenge of making it work, of pushing the envelope. That is a pretty satisfying exercise,” he avers, the excitement and joy evident in his voice. Hailing from Shoranur in Palakkad, Harish was initiated into Carnatic music at the age of four. However, like most children, he was indifferent to the music and learnt it only at his family’s insistence.

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