India has been rocked with controversies like the Dadri lynching, rape assaults and attack on freedom of speech. But with the power of music, pianist Anil Srinivasan hopes to contribute positively and creatively to a world where grudges and blame-games are the order of the day. The musician hopes to pioneer a piano tradition in India with his new album 'Touch'.
Srinivasan said, "Unfortunately, the country is in very a weird situation. We are very polarised. There is leftist liberalism and there is the right wing. Anything that is music, something happening to a person getting lynched for beef, everything is getting political, everything is becoming humongous. We are losing the proportion of our country itself. We are committing a lot of violence, not just against human bodies but against the spirit of what this country should represent."
Srinivasan's album is set to release this week. He said, "My focus is on creating a piano tradition, thereby playing a part in taking the attention away from negativity and doing something creative. Rather than creating grudges and playing the blame game, it is so much better and important that we contribute creatively. So, we haven't had a piano tradition, let's create one. Let's look at contributing positively."
Elaborating about this new album 'Touch', Srinivasan said, "I have explored how the piano can have different sounds within the Indian context. We have had a keyboard tradition, but no piano tradition. Even though the piano was even a part of old Bollywood, we don't really associate it as a solo instrument. It is under-represented. It is time that we started having a collection of CDs, a body of work which would represent the Indian piano tradition."
The musician also stressed on the importance of writing original music. He said, "We are in need of a lot of originality. Doing a cover version is very easy, but the point is that we are a country which has always contributed original ideas in all spheres. Even if I can play a small role in the construction of a tradition, then maybe other musicians will take it to the next step."
'Touch', which will be released on November 1, 2015, and will be available on iTunes. The album will also feature three music videos, which will be unveiled throughout next month.