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Indo-jazz fusion concert ‘Sangam’ on January 23

Jazz legend Louis Banks and sitar supremo Purbayan Chatterjee among others to perform in Dubai on Jan 23

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat
18 Jan 2016 | 03:21 pm
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Sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee and jazz legend Louis Banks set to dazzle Dubai with Indo-jazz fusion at second-edition of ‘Sangam’

Sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee and Indian jazz legend Louis Banks will play off with four other gifted musicians at the second edition of ‘Sangam’ (confluence), a jazz fusion concert series, at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah on January 23.

Popularly known as the Godfather of Jazz in India, Louis Banks has played with the likes of the legendary American jazz trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie and celebrated Indian film music composer RD Burman in a career spanning over four decades. Ace sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee is well known for his many musical experiments that fuse traditional Indian classical music and contemporary world music genres.

Louis Banks and Purbayan have collaborated in the past to create fusion music, and Sangam will be a homecoming of sorts for the two artistes.

The other stars in the ensemble include Louis Banks’ son and one of India’s most sought after percussionist, Gino Banks. Gino started touring with his father’s band when he was nine years old and is said to be his father’s ‘best jamming partner’. Complementing Also part of the ensemble is south Indian percussionist Giridhar Udupa, known as Ghatam Udupa; bass guitarist Sheldon D’Silva, who has been part of some of India’s best known music bands and played with international legends like George Duke, Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh, Mike Stern and Trilok Gurtu; and Dubai-based Cuban saxophonist Joaquin Sosa, who was part of the first edition of Sangam in 2015 where he accompanied Grammy awardee Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.


Venue: Madinat Theatre – Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Date: Saturday, 23 January

Time: 7.00 pm onwards

Tickets available at Madinat Theatre Box Office – 04 366 6546 and online at

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat

Features Writer