Tabla Fusion Director
Fire on Ice
Hasan Ameen Salahuddin.
Milan Bhattacharjee's composition had truly kept me on the edge of my seat during the whole performance. It had made me feel as if the layout of the theme was to keep a certain serenity and peace of mind while making your blood boil over in anticipation of what is going to happen next, and whether I should just jump right ahead into the madness of a revolution that the tablas, dhak, khol, and pagwas were calling out with.
Milan complained that he was not given enough time, or else the piece would have been even better. I, for one, could not even imagine what he was talking about. But then he explained how he would have omitted the digital drum pads used as percussion in the piece and how the kolshi, chang, and kori could have been incorporated. But he was proud to be the first ever in Bangladesh to have performed such a piece live in front of an audience. Nobody had ever used so many instruments of the same sort at the same time on a stage in a live performance ever before in the country!
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