Global music streaming platform Saavn recently announced the release of ‘Sabar’, a new album by Shadow and Light, comprising musical duo Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari.
‘Sabar’ expresses intense emotional experiences through poignant song-writing and contemporary-classical compositions, inspired by the process of creation and growth. The launch of the album, now live exclusively on Saavn, also marks the one-year anniversary for Saavn’s successful in-house original music program, Artist Originals (AO).
As one of India’s most promising fusion music collaborations, Shadow and Light draws inspiration from varied influences to create original music in Hindi, English, and Tamil. Its cinematic sounds and compositions play at the intersection of diverse genres like Hindustani classical, contemporary, jazz, pop, electronic, and soul to create entrancing, soulful, and – above all – expressive music. The album title is an adaptation of the Arabic word 'Sabr,’ which means 'patience.’ The songs are written from a wide variety of perspectives on gratitude, grief, contempt, perseverance, inspiration, and aspiration.
“This is our third studio album. We've made a personal effort to move beyond our comfort zones, and push our boundaries even further. It represents where we are now, and all the patience and effort it took for us to get here. Musically there is a strong RnB influence in all the tracks and lyrically the themes we've chosen to express are varied and unique to each composition,” said Shadow and Light. “As a music service in the digital age, Saavn is a perfect representation of innovation and growth, and we’re excited to be working with them for the release of Sabar.”
The duo’s unique brand of music has received praise from stalwarts such as Salim-Sulaiman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, A R Rahman and Amit Trivedi. One of its members, Chari, has also been trained under the renowned Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal.
Prior to the launch of ‘Sabar’ with Saavn, Shadow and Light has written and independently released two full-length albums worldwide, to critical acclaim. The duo has also performed at several reputed music festivals, including NH7 Weekender and ASEAN Festival, and has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Karsh Kale, Benny Dayal, and Warren Mendosa. Shadow and Light has opened for the likes of Anoushka Shankar and Ranjit Barot and was recently invited to perform its compositions at Serendipity Arts festival, Goa, for a set curated by Ranjit Barot. Musicians Aveleon Giles Vaz and Steve Peter are supporting Shadow and Light for its latest project, Sabar, on drums and bass respectively.
Listen to the album on Saavn: