Over 300 students from different schools in Mumbai learnt the roots of Indian classical music and its fusion with western music through a workshop on the occasion of World Music Day on Wednesday.
The workshop, Raagatronic, was headed by Tabla player Swarupa Ananth, disciple of Ustad Allarakha sahib and Ustad Zakir Hussain and flautist Sriram Sampath, a disciple of eminent flute maestro Pandit Ronu Majumdar.
Bringing together the best of Indian classical and fusion music, the workshop showed students the blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.
"Through our workshop we aim to share our experiences with the students, demonstrating how we use the best of both worlds; ethnic and contemporary culture to create our own brand of music, 'Ethnotronic'," Shriram and Swarupa of Filter Coffee, an Ethnotronic band, said.
The workshop exposed the children to the basics of Indian music and also introduced them to music production through technology.
"Being Indian classical musicians, we exposed the children to the basics of the raaga and taala systems and encouraged them to appreciate the roots of Indian music. We also gave the students a basic introduction to music production and use of technology; how both can be combined to create a unique live performance," the artists said.
Organised by Filter Coffee, in collaboration with Delhi-based NGO Routes2Roots, the workshop saw students from Anuyog Vidyalaya, Amulakh School, Pragnya Bodhini High School and Shishuvan School students among others.