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BEATS OF PASSION: Shivamani performing at the inauguration of Unwind Center in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
BANGALORE: Sivamani, well-known percussionist, inaugurated a new music forum in the city today (Friday), Unwind Center, with a very tight and compact presentation.
Music buffs here clearly took to his style and cheered him on as he performed without a breather.
As it has always been, the young crowd sought more of his music even after he completed two rounds.
Sivamani obliged and some from the crowd even got to jam with him.
In all, it was a swell beginning for Unwind Center.
Unwind Center was first set up in Chennai in 1998 and has over the last seven years there been encouraging rock, pop, jazz and percussion.
The Center there is open every Friday to a jamming session, and having done exceedingly well, volunteers managing the Center decided to open one in Bangalore.
John Christian, one of the co-ordinators of the music forum says the forum will invite music bands in the city to present concerts, encourage musicians from different genres, organise concerts on a wide scale and train people interested in learning music.
"The idea is to build a strong culture of credible and quality music here. We have been doing this in Chennai too."
An interesting aspect to the music forum is that a significant portion of funds it raises from concerts will be forwarded to community-based projects taken up by its sister organisation, Acts of Mercy.
"In Chennai we have done work relating to Tsunami, Marina beach cleaning, cancer, alcoholism, and other community work. Here too we will focus on students from weaker sections and try and help them secure opportunities. Whatever funds we generate, we will pump it back into the community," says John.
Sivamani is more than happy to associate himself with Unwind Center.
He believes there is "nothing more healing" than music, which "touches people across communities".
Sivamani is at present on a world tour with A.R. Rahman and will be visiting Bangalore in October as part of the tour. He is slated to release his latest album, Siva's Vision in January 2006.
Unwind is already out with its announcement on the concert after Sivamani. The Chennai band Ner Verek and the Bangalore bands Synapse and Tangerine will perform at the Center on September 10.
The Center is located at 280, 10th Cross, Wilson Garden.
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