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New Delhi, Sep 3: Back in 2007, when musicians Rajesh Prasanna and Ritesh Prasanna went to listen to the band ‘Mrigya’ at Delhi International Art Festival, everything changed for them. It was after the performance that they concreted their plans to form a classical fusion band called ‘Shwaas’.

And they have come a long way since then — the band has performed not just across the country but also in the US, several African nations, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

The music they play is a blend of the styles, moods, and textures taken from different cultures and various music systems from the world even as the main style of their presentation is the dual of flute. One witnesses the the use of wind instruments fused with different electronic and western means, with the fusion of classical, blues & jazz lends their music a unique texture bordering between Indian classical and world fusion music.

Stressing that the Benaras gharana has always supported music and musicians of all genres all over the world, Rajesh (Flute and other woodwinds) feels that exposure to different genres of music always gives musicians multiple dimensions. “Fusion is not just about mixing two different genres together. One has to understand the intricacies of both and do justice while uniting them so that none loses its fragrance in the process.”

Talk to them about the sustainability of surviving as an independent band in India, the group members feel that in a country where only Bollywood rules, independent musicians mostly get a raw deal with very few sponsorships and platforms.

The eight-member group, which besides the Prasanna brothers comprises Parvez Hussain (tabla), Ahsaan Ali (sarangi and vocals), Saurabh Suman (bass guitar), Mohit (drums), Anil Chawla (keyboard), Jagriti Luthra (vocals) and Manish (sound engineer) feels that a major reason that they have survived is their commitment towards promoting authentic and soulful classical music. “In fact, all the members of the ‘Shwaas’ family belong to different gharanas of Indian classical music,” adds Rajesh.

The band which was recently part of HCL Concerts’ ‘Soundscapes’ feels that more companies need to come forward to promote art and culture. “Other corporate houses need to look beyond Bollywood and do their bit for Indian classical arts,” asserts Rajesh.

Talk to them about the effect of the pandemic on independent musicians and the members say that the cancellation of live performances has been a major setback to the artist community. “Virtual performances are entertaining but they cannot earn you a livelihood. However, we never stopped our riyaz. Music always creates hope for a better tomorrow.”

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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