Bala Sai - Flute
Ragavendra - Violin
Sivaramakrishna - Sitar
Ganesh - Tabla
Ramakrishna - Mridangam, Kanjira and Ghatam
Recorded at Rain Tree Studio, Auroville
Engineered by Didier Weiss
Produced by Nadaka
In his time, Sudharshana Rao Basavaraj, a reputed flutist from Andhra
Pradesh who had a great career playing for thousands of Indian film
songs, had the wish that his children would grow up immersed in the
great classical traditions of Indian music, both North Indian (Hindustani)
and South Indian (Carnatic).
From birth, he chose their
diverse instruments and at early ages gave them their initial musical
training, later sending each of them across India to study with their
respective musical gurus. Soon, their home in Chennai became a place
where various musical disciplines (Gharanas) converged and met freely
under one roof. And their name spread wide. As youngsters the Basavaraj
brothers performed more than five thousand concerts throughout India,
and with time, each became an acclaimed individual performer.
I first met Raghavendra
(violinist) with the idea of playing a completely acoustic, Raga-based
music where classical and not-so-classical would combine harmoniously.
The outcome of our first musical exchange was instantaneously gratifying
and somewhat magical. But most surprising was that as each new rehearsal
unfolded, unexpectedly one more brother would turn up and spontaneously
join in with enthusiasm, - thus adding a new colour to our musical venture.
This is how the Basavaraj
brothers were again brought together as a group and, this joyful combination
came to be called 'Living colours'.