bFLAT presents a unique concert evening with The Threshold - a collaboration between singer, composer Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy (trained both in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music), who finds her resonance in the wisdom of the mystic poets - and MD Pallavi, who is trained in Hindustani classical. She sings Kannada poetry, acts in the theatre and makes films. These 2 amazing women try to understand gender as they make a journey from birth to liberation, from form to the formless with their words and music, through the eyes of women across the world, across continents and generations. MD Pallavi and Bindhumalini, in their musical conversation, support and compliment each other not only with their voices but also a bed of sound through the use of multiple instruments -Through the stories of Hypatia, Agnodice, Kharbaoucha, Fanny Mendelson and the songs of Lalla, Lingamma, Neelamma, Goggavva, Sule Sunkkavva, Nina Simon and Meera, Pallavi and Bindhu weave a journey of the woman accentuating their voices with the sounds of the harmonium, melodic flute, kazoo, swarmandal, udukkai, bells, ghungroos, shakers, Kartal, thunder maker, rainmaker and the Banjo.
The Early Set - Mantalai: Mantalai is a truly original indie duo because it's inspirations are from the diaspora of Indian folk traditions but the musicians themselves are young, urban, contemporary. Their influences include Indian folk theatre, folklore and folk music as well as contemporary modern, western music influences. Guitarist Arjun Chandran and singer-actor Siddhanth Sunder (who is a very talented storyteller) play assorted instruments to create some interesting and compelling music.
Here is a trailer of the show