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South Asian bands set to rock New Delhi

Zebunissa Bangash from Pakistan, Chirkutt from Bangladesh and Mrigya from India during the preview show at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. File photo

Zebunissa Bangash from Pakistan, Chirkutt from Bangladesh and Mrigya from India during the preview show at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. File photo

The twang of guitars, the deep vibrating throb of various drums along with a medley of umpteen musical instruments will pulsate through the walls of the Purana Quila this weekend as 14 rock bands from across the Subcontinent will play at the 8th edition of the South Asian Bands Festival that begins on Friday. Bands from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India (SAARC) and observer country, France, will be playing music from across various genres.

The idea behind the festival is that music has no boundaries and over the years the event has managed to bring music from various countries to the audience in Delhi to improve regional cooperation. “We can’t replicate talks that are conducted at the diplomatic level between countries, but what we can attempt to do is supplement the work done by the corridors of power by getting the public to have a better understanding of the region,” says festival director Sanjeev Bhargava.

The line up includes Kabul & Rock Veda, Mrigya, The Ska Vengers, Indus Creed, Alobo Naga and the Band, Donn Bhat+ Passenger Revelator from India.

Chirkutt (Bangladesh), Zebunissa Bangash (Pakistan), The Forsaken (Bhutan), The Herb & The Remedy (Sri Lanka), The Kinetic Operations (Maldives), Mukti and Rivival (Nepal) Morcha (Afghanistan) and electro-rock band Success from France.

Sanjeev says the bands have been chosen after much deliberation and after going though multiple entries that were received. “The line up includes bands that we don’t get to hear every day in Delhi. There are some rare bands that have interesting music to offer. While curating the festival we have to keep in mind that it is not just the 17-35 age group that we are catering to. Last year there were people wheeling in their grandparents on wheelchairs to enjoy the music and the venue.”

On being asked why the festival has not travelled to other SAARC countries, Sanjeev says that it is a logistic challenge unless the request comes from a particular country that wants to host it.

Three bands from the line-up - Zebunissa Bangash, Chirkutt and Mrigya - performed at a preview show at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday for the President and a host of other dignitaries.

The festival is presented by Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Seher. It will take place between November 7 and 9. The show will begin at 6 p.m. on all days. Entry is free.


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