As the name itself suggests, this fusion band is focused around the magnificent instrument called the ‘bansuri’ or the bamboo flute. It is a beautiful amalgamation of various genres of music that are prevalent in the country and hence the name. It has variety ranging from the classical ragas to rock, from the folklore to jazz, from carnatic to bollywood etc which makes it unique and probably the only band which can cater to a wide range of music lovers. What is most attractive is the fact that Pravin Godkhindi, the founder and the lead bansuri artiste of the band never compromises with the aesthetic appeal of the basic Indian ragas around which all the build-up of the concert happens. All the aspects of classical Hindustani style of renditions are kept intact while mixing different elements during the presentation of different numbers.
Pravin picks up a raga and unfolds the beauty of the raga in the traditional aalaap with the wonderful ambient backing of the keyboards and the guitars. Gradually he moves onto a rhythmic aalaap called JOD wherein the strumming of the rhythm guitar, the bass guitar and the subtle accompaniment of the western drums, adds colour to the rhythmic expressions of Pravin’s flute. And when they conclude the improvisations in a crescendo through the JHALA, the audience is spellbound and ecstatic. After this when Pravin begins with a traditional classical composition with the tabla as the main accompaniment, everyone is reminded of the rich tradition of our classical music. Gradually the rhythmic TAANS lead to a jazz beat on the drums and the western environment is captured with some brisk improvisations in the typical jazz style, quite unheard in the usual bansuri concerts. At this juncture the band takes turns in solos and after each solo pravin picks up different melodious Hindi film songs based on the same raga adding to the delight of the listeners. For the general music lover some unknown facts hitherto come to light when Pravin picks up popular film songs, from the 60’s till date, as a medley. The vast similarity in the usage of the same musical notes by different composers during different ages would definitely catch the audience by surprise and the way they are interspersed in the entire composition makes it quite unbelievable. A memorable rendition of one single raga!