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Bengaluru Drum Fest to Showcase Fusion of Folk and Western Rhythms on February 9

by Madonna

The Bengaluru Drum Fest, a celebration of drumming curated by the esteemed Arun Kumar from Bengaluru, is set to captivate audiences with its unique blend of folk and western rhythms at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on February 9.

Titled “Folk Mahal,” this year’s event builds upon the success of previous festivals held in 2019, 2020, and 2023. Arun Kumar, a well-known drummer, aims to create a groundbreaking experience by seamlessly intertwining the rich essence of Karnataka folk music with the vibrant beats of western drums. This fusion promises to showcase a harmonious blend of traditions and innovations, taking the audience on a rhythmic journey like never before.

In an interview with The Hindu, Arun Kumar shared that this year’s festival is dedicated to the late Sukumar Babu, a pioneer in the drumming community in Karnataka and the founder of the Babu School of Rhythms in Bengaluru South. Sukumar’s contribution to the local drumming scene is commemorated in this year’s event, highlighting his role as a trailblazer.

A special feature of the festival is the participation of Arun Kumar’s Guru, the exceptional drummer Ranjit Barot. Kumar expressed anticipation for a full house at the event, emphasizing the exceptional musical experience Barot is set to deliver.

The lineup for this year’s Bengaluru Drum Fest includes performances by Arun Kumar, Ranjit Barot, Sambit Chatterjee, Lydian, and Shravan Samsi. Audiences can expect a mesmerizing journey through drum solos by these maestros, culminating in an exhilarating drum face-off sponsored by Jain University and Livetree Entertainment, powered by Babu School of Rhythms. The festival not only pays homage to drumming legends but also promises an unforgettable fusion of diverse musical traditions.

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