There can be only so many variations in the basic notes of music.
In a nutshell, it is like making steel from gold as great musicians of the past have done,
or making tin from copper as so-called musicians of today are doing."
Besides striking the right chords and transcending barriers what are they doing
individually? The more outspoken of the two, Milind sings us a whole new song as he
announces with grandiose, "An album of mine with a Dutch artist released two months
ago in Holland which has been doing pretty well. Five more albums are in the works in few
months with Puneites. A company in Europe has offered to publish my work and some offers
have come up from other places. Watch out, I am getting there."
Uday the more reticent of the duo, flashes us one of his rare grins and tell us,
" I have an album that released in New Zealand a few months ago called `Nectar of
Wisdom'. Composing is what I do best and it is what I intend to keep doing." The
first experience that comes to mind thinking of this musically inclined partnership
performing is at the Splendor Country Club poolside where they not only mesmerised the
audience with their music, but also with their sense of camaraderie. It felt as if they
were not just generating a symphony of sounds from their instruments, but that they were
in total synch with each other as they expressed the sounds of music with absolute ease.
They ribbed each other through their music and cajoled one another to different pitches
and paces. On the lighter side, it's remarkable to see the way these two resemble their
instruments. On this ability of blending with such ease, "Chemistry comes from
working together," asserts the reed magician, "and we have been together long
enough to know each other's moods and needs when playing. And it's a completely different
thing onstage with the audience demanding a certain kind of mood and flow. Impromptu
performances are nothing new to us." Uday believes the magic to their rhythm "is
almost as if we were practicing composing together on the spot and as we go along the flow
we know we are with each other. It has worked so far and should only get better. ."
What does the next millennium hold for these two rising stars? "I am a composer and
would like to remain that way," chimes Milind. "There are several pieces I plan
to work on in the near future. The most interesting one is a sonatas written for the flute
and piano or guitar. Except fusion i am also into learning all i can about western music
and master as much of it." Uday too has composing as his focal point, "As a
tabla player, I do not have a parallel instrument used in the classic Western music. There
was percussion, but it can't be adapted to the sound or style of the tabla. I would
principally be with the Indian music field and with fusion." Both Milind and Uday are
passionately involved with their work on stage and almost simultaneously agree that stage
is the only true art form that exists. Uday confirms, "There is no way that
technology can ever achieve the blend of what makes a stage performance. The fact that
stage has the certain primitiveness, elevates it to a pure art form. Sound effects can
change any imperfection, but what you are on stage is what you are. Period. There are no
compromises or changes that you can make. What you see or in this case, hear, is what you
get." On that note, we leave them to make music with the birds and the bees at the