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Muqtalif (pronounced Mukhtalif), meaning different, is formed by three very different people who have found a way to remember some musicians and songs that mustn’t gather dust on the www pages.
These are songs that are meant to celebrate the heartaches and the glorious mistakes that now can’t be unmade. Life in its entire package includes colours of gloom that are either kept inside old diaries or stacked above old furniture in the attic. It is their attempt to clean the dust off the old diary and feel the now yellowed pages and smell the air that once was new.
Ghazals as a genre has gathered over its extended journey, many different colours to play with for an artist. It holds within itself the power to be a mirror, not just for the artist rendering it but also the listeners. Muqtalif has found a way to fit the stories of today to songs of yesterday, aiming to draw some simple triangles in the current performance spaces that have far discovered Polygons and conic sections!
Aparupa Gupta is a Bangalore based singer, formally trained in Hindustani Classical. She has been actively performing Ghazals for a little over a year with as many as 25 shows as the singer of Muqtalif. Her many projects involve experimenting with genres and styles, seeking the many purposes of art in a multiplex society.
Dheeraj Banerjea is a music producer and live musician based in Bangalore. He has been a full-time musician since 2019. His genres range from Folk, Indian Semi Classical, Acapella and Alt Rock. He plays the guitar for Muqtalif, lending his expertise in Hindustani raags through his instrument.
Shreyash Vishwaroop is a tabla player and multi percussionist. He learnt the tabla under the tutelage of Pt. Kiran Deshpande of Farrukhabad gharana and Shri Jagdeep Kiran Bawra of Delhi gharana. He is also the composer of some of the original ghazals that will be performed during the show.
Risabh Kumar Chauhan was Introduced to the harmonium and the enchanting world of ghazals and semi-classical melodies from a very young age by his father. He grew up in the middle of great spiritual and cultural influences which made him embrace the genre of music associated with our classical roots and its relevance in the awakening of the human spirit. After his formal training in Indian classical vocals and having had the opportunity to accompany various renowned artists, he felt a void and embarked on a personal quest to delve deeper into a genre associated with music that resonated with inner peace and joy, making music not just a performance, but a way of life.