Carnatic Connection – Bollywood Brass Band featuring Jyotsna Srikanth

Jyotsna Srikanth



Bollywood Brass Band




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The new album and tour by Jyotsna Srikanth and Bollywood Brass Band

Strings meet brass in this new collaboration, bringing together virtuosic violin playing and funky brass and drums.

Pre-order copies of the CD here, and find below links to buy tickets for the tour dates.

CD release date is 20 Sept 2016: to pre-order, email bollywood@bollywoodbrassband.co.uk


Carnatic Connection

Accompany us on our journey to new territory in South India, where brass meet strings and we encounter the sonic wonders of violin gamakhas (decorations), mridangam (double-headed hand drum) and morsing (jaws harp).

We present a fusion of Bollywood and Carnatic filmi sounds; from the legendary composer Illayaraja to the ubiquitous AR Rahman, whose classics Jiya Jale, Kehta Hai Mehra Dil and Kehna Hi Kya feature Jyotsna Srikanth’s mellifluous violin playing, while the Oscar-winning Jai Ho is given the dance-floor treatment.

Deva Deva Kalayami grounds us squarely in the Carnatic tradition with a classical melody in raga mayamalava gowlai, where Jyotsna leads BBB on a virtuosic, improvisatory journey incorporating the interplay of jugalbandi (duets).

‘Chandralekha’ (1948), the ground-breaking, black-and-white Tamil movie, has inspired the Bollywood Brass Band’s Sarah Moore and Kay Charlton to compose a new soundtrack for the finale of the film. Drum Dance accompanies the epic scene where 400 dancing girls perform on top of enormous drums; suddenly the drums open up to reveal armies of soldiers who attack the stronghold (think Trojan Horse). Once inside the castle, the two leading men undertake an heroic sword fight, including, of course, a grand staircase and a chandelier, as they fight over the leading lady. Sword Fight showcases Jyotsna’s improvisatory flair with gamakhas and tihais galore, underpinning the action on screen.

We hope you enjoy the journey south.

Tour dates

Go to our gigs page to book tickets for these perfomances

Friday 9 Dec – Spitalfields Festival

Saturday 21 Jan – MAC Birmingham

And previously performed at Ipswich Global Rhythm; Stables, Milton Keynes; Haymarket, Basingstoke; Phoenix, Exeter; St Georges, Bristol.