By Sunil Sharma
Chandigarh, March 17 (ANI): While most of us enjoy south Indian delicacies for their special flavour, a group of three French nationals have liked it so much that they even named their musical band ‘Masala Dosa’.
Pierre Jean Duffour, the founder of `Masala Dosa’ band, tells that it was in 2002 that he felt inspired by Indian food that is cooked with an assortment of spices. And, he decided to bring same spicy effect also in his musical compositions. Today, he mixes and uses different sounds.
The three musicians claim to have mixed notes, beats and sounds like spices into their musical band.
`Masala Dosa’ band today caters to the global appetite for good music.
“We have tried to build a sound that can bridge our cultures in France and India because we make music the same way you cook a dish. We thought ‘Masala Dosa’ would be the best way to define our music. Masala is a mix of spices, Dosa can be similar to a plate, that’s why we thought that this would be the most symbolic title,” said Pierre Jean Duffour.
The band is on Indian tour to promote their latest album `Electro World Curry’.
Before coming to Chandigarh recently, the maverick Frenchmen performed in Bangalore, New Delhi and Pushkar.
‘Masala Dosa’ has been performed in over 200 concerts across Europe in the last three years with artists of different countries.
The band has composed music for the film `Sita Sings the Blues’ by American director Nina Paley.
“Our music is a blend, is a fusion of different music coming from all around the world but basically Indian. We are very touched by the welcome in India and it’s like coming back to the roots of its music and I think it’s very interesting for people here to see the bridges we can find between our two cultures,” said Brice Duffour, Bass guitarist, `Masala Dosa’ band.
The three musicians have been working together and experimenting with music for 15 years.
But they say that their interest in Indian music sparked off after watching a performance by Pandit Ravi Shankar, the famous sitar player.
Overwhelmed by the experience, they visited Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in 1998 to learn playing sitar. Later on, they decided to set up their own musical band.
One can only say that despite Indian and French cultures being different in several ways, it is the music that can motivate souls to come closer and feel something that transcends international boundaries. (ANI)