Sikkil Gurucharan (Voice); Anil Srinivasan (Piano); Murad Ali (Sarangi); B.S. Purushotham (Khanjira).
"Krishna" comes from the Sanskrit "karshanam" which literally means "to draw in". Using this theme as a metaphor, we have chosen six pieces that celebrate Krishna as a child (in the lullaby format), a lover (from the Jayadeva Ashtapadhi), as a saviour (from Meera's hymns).
The result is the divine blue, a colour so absorbent that it literally "draws in" the voice, piano, sarangi and traditional percussion, and borrows from folktales and myths of the effervescent Krishna from all over the Indian subcontinent.
We have come a long way since our maiden effort, Madhirakshi, which was released in 2006. We have traveled with our music, using the classical piano to frame the Carnatic voice in order to give a distinctive feel and appeal to traditional South Indian classical music.
The Blue Divine is our fourth collaborative project. With this venture, we have come to define our genre as "the contemporary classical", a new sound within existing classical music.
"I feel blessed to be listening to the music... what an incredible sound..." -John McLaughlin
"Anil and Gurucharan are the new music, the new sound...they represent what we truly are.." - Vyjayanthimala Bali
"This is a maturing of sound. This is life as it should be played. This is music as it should be heard.." - Gowri Ramnarayan, The Hindu, Chennai