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Music Festival

A treat for music lovers! Details in the post below.

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Talking Billboards

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I was driving down Cunningham Road last week and suddenly saw a large hoarding with a huge 3D model of a laptop. I hit the brakes and heard a squeal of tyres behind me. Oops ! Sorry ! Got to check this out.

I had heard on Radio Indigo about promotions for Lenovo’s new laptop and here it was : larger than life. Lenovo 3000 Y 410 – the laptop with an Audio DJ feature.

There was a staircase near the hoarding and I clambered up to discover that Radio Indigo had actually set up a live feed studio, 20 feet high – right behind the monitor of the 3D laptop. From a synergy point of view, two big names in technology and music, got together to give Bangalore a whole new dimension. An idea that pushed the magic of FM to new heights.
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Celebrating World Music Day

The Alliance Fran├žaise is celebrating World Music Day. The program is on June 26 at the Fran├žaise and one of the performers will be the French Kiss.

Apart from this trio, Raghu Dixit Project will also be performing.

AF is very near Cantonment Rly Station and you can contact them for more details.

So be there!

Amit Heri

Last night Debbie and I went to see Amit Heri at Hypnos. We’d heard him perform at Grasshopper last weekend and were impressed enough to want to hear more. He’s a Berklee College of Music trained jazz guitarist, and his set last night showed the depth and breadth of his talent.

As Hypnos is a bar/club setting the crowd was pretty high-energy, so they started with a heavily rock influenced fusion piece. It reminded me a bit of Jeff Beck’s early solo work. He moved fluidly into other genres including Spanish flamenco/gypsy vaguely reminiscent of Paco De Lucia, Brazilian, classical Spanish, traditional jazz, and blues.

He brought up guest singers for two numbers, which was very popular with the crowd. They peformed well (though I found it incogruous to hear “Ain’t no Sunshine” performed by a woman, the alternation with vocals by the drummer worked very nicely. That drummer can sing!) While the vocalists were nice the real heart of the performance was the obvious pleasure they took in peforming with each other, and the musicality of their performances. The playful collegiality combined with serious musicianship made for a lovely evening.
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Its time for a Janapada Jaatre

Janapada Jaatre happens at Lalbag on second and fourth weekend(both Saturday and Sunday) of every month, at 6pm. So the next event should be due on 27th and 28th. Be there to see some amazing display of folk arts of Karnataka.

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An image of Goravara Kunita at Janapada Jaatre last month.

Donno where to Rock on the New Year Eve?

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Here is a Consolidated list of top few, the pricing ranges from Rs999 till Rs9000 per couple!! My recommendation…RIO 07, with Samba dancers, Batuca drummers, Capoeira martial arts. DJ Spencer, DJ Chico, RJ Rohit Barker.,,,! Cool isn’t it?

Janapada Jaatre

I was thinking about going to Janapada Jaatre program for a while, and finally made it last weekend.

Last weekend was dedicated to the folk arts from the Karavali region. It started at 6pm with an episode of Narakasura vadhe enacted as Yakshagana Gombeyaata – poppet show version of Yakshagana.

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Yakshagana Gombeyaata
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Giving our young musicians a platform to perform

I went to the Sunday Jam on December 3 with a couple of friends to check out what the festival was all about. There is of course, some headbanging music. And some of the young guys growl into the mike with words that sounds something like this: ZWROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. And it pretty much goes on that way till the end of the song and you’re thinking, what was that again?! In the middle, I caught some familiar names – Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. Some of the bands even came up with some impressive original numbers.

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A performance in progress

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Deep Rapture on Dec 17

The grand daddies of Rock are visiting the Rock capital of India. Deep Purple is performing the “Rapture of the Deep” concert on Dec 17th at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore, India. The show is being managed by DNA Networks that handles most of such high profile concerts in India. {DNA site for Deep Purple concert | To book tickets online}


Roger Glover and Steve Morse jamming on stage for the “Highway Star” song @ Toronto, Canada.
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Sonu Nigam Nite

This weekend Bangalore will witness one more desi music concert “Sonu Nigam Nite”, Details are below.

Date: Dec 2 2006 6:30PM

Place: Chinnaswamy Stadium (K.S.C.A)

Tickets: Rs 1000/-, Rs. 500/-, Rs. 250

Tickets are available @ all Planet M & Reliance outlets.

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