I agree with Nayan Ghosh in that fusion music is un-necessary just like eating Biriyani with Pizzas does not go. I attended a concert where Zakir Hussein's brother played or tried to play fusion music which to me was a complete disaster and that I would never pay to watch him perform like that again. No offence but that is my personal choice.
I agree with with you. I also went to a concert were Zakir Hussein and his brother played or tried to play fusion and to me, as you say, it was a complete disaster. Guys, call me old conservative if you wish but as they say,
I wouldn't completely discredit fusion. Some fusion can be extremely enjoyful and on rare occasions can even be revolutionary. We must encourage experimentation like this. Afterall, it was experimentation that led to the Pakawaj to be cut in two and become what is known as tabla today. On the other hand, some fusion is pure crap (no other way to put it). But even so, with the good comes the bad.
I agree that some fusion can be extremely enjoyful and on rare occasions can even be revolutionary. One example is Tabla Beat Science. How ever, we have to keep extremely clear and preservate all old cultures over the world. Best regards, Ulises Farias P.D: I'm from Venezuela and have just one month learning Tabla.
Although I have heard a lot of fusion I haven't liked, I have also heard great stuff. Tabla Beat Science, for example, and sounds of the Asian Underground.
If one looks at the progression of ANY art, there must be those who are willing to experiment and think outside the box. Some succeed, and some fail. The ones who succeed change the face of that art even amidst criticism. That's how art progresses.
Many established artists were once controversial and all classical artists were once modern (i.e. Mozart, etc.).
While we must never forget where we come from, and always respect and honor the cornerstones of our chosen art, we must also allow room for musicians to innovate...that's why it's called 'playing' music!