Esplanade Presents | Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts

Music

Agam

(India)
25 Nov 2017Sat
7.30pm
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall
Performed in Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.
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“… Agam’s musical oeuvre also included some expansive alapanas, swara-play and languidly-paced ghazals. All fitted amazingly into the East-West sonic blend.”
The Hindu

Take the sounds of Dream Theater, Rush and Iron Maiden, mix them with the musical idioms of carnatic music, and what you get is a scintillating contemporary sound that appeals to the young and old alike. That’s the music of Agam, a group of carnatic rockers part of the new generation of musicians who are reinventing the classical experience.

This November, the multiple award-winning band returns to Esplanade with their first full-length concert outside of India.

Derived from an ancient Tamil word, the name Agam means “inner self” and is the group’s creative mantra, so to speak. The Bangalore-based band describes its music as carnatic meets progressive rock, the combination of classical melodic scales and rhythm structures, and western aesthetic principles.

Formed in 2003 by a group of former schoolmates, the seven-man outfit got their break in 2007 after winning a national televised band hunt judged by Oscar-winning Indian composer, AR Rahman. Following gigs around South India, Agam went on to perform at high profile music festivals in India, which gained them popularity on a national level.

Their debut album, The Inner Self Awakens, was released in 2012 with over 4,000 copies sold, topping the independent album chart on Flipkart. Regular performers at South India’s Hard Rock Café, they have also appeared on television, most notably on MTV’s Coke Studio as a featured producer. The group also collaborates with musicians, including highly-acclaimed playback singer Shreya Ghoshal and Aruna Sairam, to name a few.

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