Rs. 110 (Entry) Rs. 500 (Cover)
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The Great Indian Guitar Trip begins with one full blooded Carnatic rock gig by Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate.
- New songs from Baiju Dharmajan's upcoming album
- The Crossover long winding carnatic guitar laden songs
- A few old motherjane classics thrown in.
Entry: (Rs. 110) + Cover charge (Rs. 500)
Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: OPUS, #4, 1st Main, Chakravarthy Layout, Palace Cross Road, Bangalore
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/480433708716335/
About Baiju Dharmajan
Born in Vypin Islands (near Cochin, India) to Thankamani and Dharmajan, Baiju Dharmajan started his musical career in 1980 at an early age of 14. He began with the carnatic violin but then slowly shifted to the guitar. His father used to play the Hawaiian guitar and his grandfather was a Carnatic musician. He used to play the guitar in a travelling troop of musicians from an early age and has had the honour of playing with the legendary Malayalam singer Yesudas. Baiju is also a big fan of Illayaraja and loves the compositions of other Indian composers like Raveendran, Devarajan, Noushad and R.D. Burman. His father had a vast collection of Ghazals by Mehdi Hassan, Anup Jalota, and Pankaj Udhas. He grew up listening to Malayalam,Tamil and Hindi film music.
After having played for relatively lesser known bands earlier in his career, Baiju joined the now iconic Indian rock band Motherjane in the year 2001. It was during his decade long stint with Motherjane that Baiju gained recognition as one of the best guitarists in India. Baiju helped Motherjane create some of the definitive Indian rock songs like Mindstreet, Chasing the Sun, Maktub, Fields of Sound and Broken
Motherjane for their award winning debut album Insane Biography. With Maktub – the band’s second album, the influences of Carnatic music were prominently seen on the guitar, vocals and percussions. Strong Carnatic guitar leads by Baiju were instrumental in growing Motherjane’s fan base and provided a new musical direction to the band. In 2009, Rolling Stone India named Maktub as the album of the year and Baiju Dharmajan was chosen as the Best Indian Guitarist at the Jack Daniels Rock Awards two years in a row in 2008 and 2009. Baiju parted ways with Motherjane in 2010 and soon thereafter in 2011, the band’s vocalist Suraj too left the band.
Baiju Dharmajan has created popular Indian rock versions of the national anthem Jana Gana Mana and Vande Mataram, a popular hymn to the motherland written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1882.
In 2013, Baiju released a rendition of the song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, (video below) which was popularized on national television in the 1980s by the Indian government to promote unity and harmony in the country. Soon thereafter, Baiju embarked on a 4 city tour titled “The Mile Sur Mera Tumhara Tour” in support of his video release. Baiju Dharmajan was signed by the UK based record label Cochym and released his debut solo album The Crossover (download from here), an instrumental album laden with Carnatic guitar leads, in the year 2012. To promote the album’s release Baiju performed Live across the country with his band Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate on a tour popularized as The Crossover Tour and also released a video for the songPhilia.
Baiju’s versatility on the guitar has seen him being invited to collaborate on multiple projects across musical genres. He’s co-founded ‘Kashmir’ with Sanjeev Thomas, is involved with John Antony of the jazz fusion experimental band ‘Karnatrix’, with Harikumar Sivan for the project ‘Bluefire’, created “Sacred Science” for the popular TV Series The Dewarists with percussionist cum composer Karsh Kale and ekkada drum teacher Harigovindan, joined Sanjay Maroo, Naresh Iyer, Keith Peters, Ustad Asad Khan, Uday Jose and David Joseph on various projects and perfomed Live with pioneering electronica act from Delhi Midival Punditz and Susmit Sen of Indian Ocean.
Music production: Baiju was actively involved in the production of the two Motherjane albums, and has self produced his debut solo album. He’s also been a mentor to young Indian bands, helping them produce music records. He commenced work in the Malayalam movie industry in the year 2012, and has composed the background score for the movie Davom Panthradum.