The Indo-German Urban Mela presented a soulful musical evening to Delhiites on October 28th as sitar maestro Asad Khan and the band of Fusion Messengers performed live at the Indraprastha “Millennium” Park. It was the second night of the Indo-German Urban Mela in Delhi. The audience was enthralled by this magnificent act at the centre stage, with the illuminated Humayun’s tomb for a backdrop.
Asad Khan and the band, Fusion Messengers took on audiences with the most unusual mix, crossing classical Indian genres with jazz, flamenco, electronica and folk. The ‘Fusion Messengers’ who regularly play for A.R.Rahman during his world tours apart from many other jazz and world music festivals across the globe, gave Delhiites a perfect Sunday evening with a captivating blend of music. The crowd was left in raptures as unique renditions of the Indian and German national anthems were also performed. “Mausam and Escape” one of the themes from the original score of “Slumdog Millionaire” was another hit with the ecstatic audience.
As part of the collaborative celebration of the “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”, to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Asad Khan has performed before at the Classic Incantations tour with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg held in India and Potsdam Germany.
Commenting with delight after his performance, Asad Khan said, “I am really honoured to be a part of the Indo-German Urban Mela in Delhi and would like to thank the audience here for enjoying our performance so much.” He further added “It is a matter of extreme pleasure for us to contribute to this huge project that will further strengthen the music and cultural ties between the two nations. I have been involved with the year of Germany in India since the Classic Incantations tour and it feels great to associate with the project again for a live audience at such a spectacular venue.”
About Asad Khan
Asad Khan is a contemporary sitar maestro from Mewati Gharana. His musical skill was passed onto him by his father Ustad Siraj Khan and his great grandfather Ustad Ghulam Qadir Khan. His musical lineage enables him to take on any form of music, whether it is exploring classical raga or collaborating with composers like A.R Rahman or the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to performing solo concerts, Asad Khan has shared the stage with famous international artists, musicians, orchestras and music producers such as Herbie Hancock, India Arie, Barry Manilow, Colbie Caillat, Jamiroquai and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
As a sitar player, he thrives on challenges, loves to crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including jazz, flamenco, western classical, electronica, rock, lounge fusion, Sufi, folk, thematic music to film scores; constantly thriving to push the boundaries of what is possible with the sitar as well as his audiences expectations.From displaying the profundity of Indian raga framework, a truly remarkable style of gayakiang (a vocal-style), to working with world renowned musicians from a range of traditions, and creating innovative music that appeals to his generation as well as to his illustrious family music, Asad Khan is truly a new-age world musician.