Aikya is an exciting new artistic collaboration between Carnatic musician TM Krishna and two eminent Nadaswara artists Sheik Mahaboob, Smt Kaleeshabi Mahaboob who are based in Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. This fascinating collaboration will also feature Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin), Praveen Sparsh (mridangam) and BS Purushotham (kanjira).
The nadaswaram is a double reed wind instrument similar to the North Indian shehnai but much longer with a hardwood body and a large flaring bell made of wood or metal. It is considered a traditional and auspicious instrument. Known for its cultural associations with temples and rituals in South India, the nadaswaram also has an established history as a classical music instrument with generations of outstanding musicians; however, it has suffered a loss of patronage and recognition in the last century. Aikya is envisaged as an unscripted new artistic collaboration between a contemporary singer and two Nadaswaram artistes who are carrying forward an age old lineage in which the past and the present intersect to create a unique musical experience.