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Feb 04, 2006 at 06:29pm IST

Jethro Tull performs at IIM-B's fest

New Delhi: Ian Anderson, lead vocalist and flautist of Jethro Tull, performed at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore's (IIM-B) cultural fest Unmaad on Friday.

At the IIM Bangalore grounds Anderson was an eager performer.

Jethro Tull is a progressive rock band and was formed in Blackpool, England in the 1960s.

The group's music cannot easily be sorted into a defined genre as their numbers have been influenced by blues, folk rock and jazz.

"In the last 10 years we have seen India blossom in the eyes of the West. We eagerly wait to see the latest offing from Bollywood or the Indian rock bands," Anderson said.

Two years ago the band matched tunes with flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and this time in Mumbai they jammed along with Indian band Alms for Shanti on January 31.

Alms For Shanti's band members Uday Benegal and Jayesh Gandhi have been part of India's eminent rock band Indus Creed.

"The big musician is one who can maintain the same level with any other musician. And that is what music is all about," Benegal said.

The bands were brought together by Tower of Power, an event management company, which has organised two Jethro Tull concerts in Dubai, the last one being in 2005 with singer Remo Fernandes.