Shri Ram College of Commerce

Fusing musical cultures with Random Collisions at Crossroads 2014

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Crossroads 2014 at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) brought together Slovenian rock/folk artist Vlado Kreslin and Hindustani classical musician Sharat Chandra Srivastava as part of Random Collisions on 7th March, day two of the fest. The duo was also accompanied by Gyan Singh, an accomplished Tabla player. Mr. Singh is also a co-member of the fusion band ‘Mrigya’ along with Sharat Chandra.

Sharat Chandra. | Image Credit: Chirag Sharma

The event began quite promptly and created a mellow atmosphere all at once. Vlado sang a mix of his own songs and those of popular rock artists, the unique mix of Slovenian folk and Indian classical music was certainly a change from the Punjabi/ Bollywood/ Pop songs one usually gets to hear during fests. The sound of a violin and tabla accompanying a guitar and mouth organ made everybody sit up and take attention.

Vlado Kreslin | Image Credit: Abhinav Arora for DU Beat

Some of the songs that were played were Kreslin’s own ‘Dizzy from the Height’, Neil Young’s ‘Down By the River’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ leading to a violin solo by Sharat Chandra. The fusion act engaged the crowd well, people could be heard humming the songs even after the event ended!

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