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There’s a distinctly Indian flavour to Tony Hillier’s World of Music this week. In the early 1960s, the music of the sub-continent was one of the first musical forms from outside the English-speaking nations to gain international popularity, and it sits right at the heart of the story of the world music boom of the 1980s.

Just as musicians and music lovers in the West drew on other styles, the musicians of India have been actively embracing music from all over the world, creating a truly fascinating fusion. Two great examples feature this week.

Debashish Bhattacharya First, we sample Debashish Bhattacharya, a man of prodigious talents, descended from a long line of musicians. He’s a gifted slide guitarist, musician & composer who does not acknowledge notions of Eastern or Western music, preferring the notion of a universal music.

And we hear Rasa Duende, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians Bobby Singh (Tabla), Adrian McNeil (Sarod) and Damian Wright (Flamenco Guitar). This is a lively meeting of Hindustani and flamenco styles, exploring the meeting points of rhythm and melody that is so strong an ingredient in both cultures. rasa-duende3

Rasa Duende play at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns tonight.

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Rasam Samba from Debashish Bhattacharya’s new album Beyond The Ragasphere

Ektaal Por Bulerias from Rasa Duende’s debut album Improvisations

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine

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