In addition to music, composer Shantanu Moitra has a ardour for travelling and science. In 2016, he conceptualised and curated the live performance, Tune Of The Himalayas, based mostly on his adventures within the mountainous area. Now, he’s gone even larger, actually, to provide a present impressed by India’s moon mission.
Chandrayaan: Celebrating India’s Journey To The Moon will mix science and music, in a present introduced by the NCPA and the Sahachari Basis. Utilizing people and semi-classical compositions with acceptable visuals, Moitra plans to offer the viewers a novel expertise. Finest identified for composing music in Hindi movies Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai, three Idiots and Pink, Moitra says that India is a rustic which loves journey. “Even when we didn’t make it at the final stage, nobody complained. Instead, everybody was praising the efforts made in trying to achieve our goal,” he provides.
Discovering the rhythm
The concept germinated over a dialog with filmmaker-lyricist Gulzar. Moitra recollects, “Gulzarsaab is very passionate about astronomy. We began discussing Chandrayaan, and that’s when I first thought of this concept.” The primary process, after all, was to get the scientific components precisely throughout the musical house. For this, Moitra consulted scientist Prof. Tarun Ghosh, who as soon as occurred to be his classmate. The composer needed to perceive the varied phases that made up the moon journey, and give you the suitable melodies, rhythms and visuals to go together with them. Moitra says that because the undertaking concerned science, many individuals would anticipate electronica sounds and synthesisers to dominate. “I wanted to make it sound as Indian as possible, and our music has a wealth of traditional compositions and chants that are perfect for such a show, and remind us of our roots,” he says.
The subsequent step was to decide on musicians. Says Moitra, “I had a clear idea of what instruments I would use, and how the vocal parts would be presented. To enhance the ambience, I will use certain effects to produce sounds that would be heard during the course of the journey,” says the composer.
Melange of mediums
The live performance will function vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, veena participant Jayanti Kumaresh, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and violinist Ambi Subramaniam. Tabla participant Ojas Adhiya and mridangam exponent Sridhar Parthasarathy will deal with the rhythm part. “One tends to believe science and arts are two different things. Through this concert, I want to show that is not the case,” emphasises Moitra.
Chandrayaan: Celebrating India’s Journey To The Moon can be carried out on January 18 at 6.30 p.m. on the Tata Theatre, NCPA; extra particulars at bookmyshow.com