Ravi Shankar, Rahman amazing musicians: Austrian composer

Prime News, National (New Delhi), January 29:- The talent of Indian music legends like sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and composer A.R. Rahman must be known the world over, says Austrian musician, composer, producer and DJ Parov Stelar, who is set to perform in India for the first time next month.

Known as one of the pioneers of electro swing, Stelar has worked with international artistes like Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry and Lady Gaga for different projects. And he finds Rahman and the late Ravi Shankar’s works “amazing”.
Looking forward to his gig at the SulaFest in Nashik, Maharashtra, Stelar — whose real name is Marcus Fureder — admits he doesn’t know much about Indian music but knows about Rahman and Shankar.

“They are just so big that everybody knows them or at least should know them. Amazing musicians,” Stelar said in an interview.

Asked if he would like to collaborate with any Indian musicians, Stelar expressed interest in roping in vocalists.

“I always love to collaborate with new artistes, especially with vocalists who have something special that I feel for new songs. It doesn’t matter where they come from or how old they are, it just matters that I feel that they work for a certain track,” said Stelar, who knows a bit about India through his family members who are fans of yoga.

“There are so many positive effects of Indian meditation practices. What also comes to mind is Hinduism, a fascinating religion. We cannot wait to enjoy some of your specialties. India is such a big country with so many different landscapes and styles, it is hard to imagine. Austria, where we are from, has 5 million people,” the 43-year-old artiste said.

At most music fests in India, international artistes try to add Indian elements to their performances — like DJ Dyro from the Netherlands played the track “Kundi mat khadkao raja” in his last set in 2016. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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