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Spontaneous expression is the life force of jazz and Indian Classical Music. This is what brings the sitar and guitar into conversation, giving TWISHA a unique sound.
Iti speaks a Dhrupad inspired raga parlance, while Shanks colours their sonic space with the language of jazz. A collaboration sparked in Auroville in 2022, TWISHA seeks to extemporise the union of raga and jazz.
Sankarshan (Shanks) Kini is a music producer, singer and multi instrumentalist from Bangalore. Born in 1978, he was trained in tabla and Carnatic violin in his formative years and plays guitar, harmonica, trumpet and mandolin. He accompanied his mother, a Hindustani classical singer, on the tabla as a boy.
Sankarshan has composed music for theatre group Artistes’ Repertory Theatre and worked with music magazine RAVE for 3 years. In 2007 he was picked up by contemporary Indian pop band Kailasa and moved to Mumbai. He toured with the band for five years and spent an additional three years in Bombay freelancing as a producer and session artist.
He has done live session work for the music industry, scored for cinema, produced music for independent singers and played with independent bands and artists like Whirling Kalapas, Vasuda Sharma and Passenger Revelator. In 2013-14, he traveled to Arunachal Pradesh in North East India, sampled tribal singers, collaborated with Mumbai music producer Donn Bhatt and worked with session artists to release an experimental album called ‘Enchantation’. He presently resides in Auroville, performs as a tenor with the Auroville Choir, studies western classical viola and performs jazz.
Photo Courtesy: Edoardo Grassi
Iti started her sitar training at an early age of eleven when she was introduced to the Khayal style of Indian Music. At 19 she moved to Mumbai to learn the ancient form of Indian Classical Music – Drupad, under the tutelage of renowned maestros of the Dagar gharana. After 13 years of training in this art form, Iti is a performing artist and a teacher while she continues to learn. She is also a travelling musician who has collaborated with others to create different genres of music.