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Novel idea Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal are curators of Baaja Gaaja

Novel idea Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal are curators of Baaja Gaaja  



A new platform for independent musicians



It is designed somewhat like a trade fair but its business will be strictly music. Named Baajaa Gaajaa, the fair, to be held in Pune between February 6 and 8, is planned to be an interactive space for musicians, musicologists, instrument makers and publishers. Underscore Records is behind the initiative. Well known singer Shubha Mudgal her husband, tabla exponent Aneesh Pradhan, are the event curators. With our mainstream music industry tilted more towards film music, Baaja Gaaja is aimed at giving independent musicians and their labels a deserving platform — much like Underscore itself. The three-day event will have exhibitions, tradeshows, performances, seminars, workshops and film screenings at various venues across Pune. Says Mudgal, “Music reflects our diversity and we should respect it. Baajaa Gaajaa is an initiative to showcase independent record labels that are committed to creativity, originality and diversity.” She says the event will also feature renowned musicians like M. Balamurlikrishna, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rakesh Chaurasia among others.

Artistes’ support

At a press meet held in New Delhi this past week to announce the initiative, various artistes including Rahul Ram (of Indian Ocean), Karsh Kale, members of Midival Punditz, Parikrama and East India Company expressed their support for the event. Each gave their reasons as to why such events are important. According to Midival Punditz, they got noticed in the Indian mainstream music labels when they became famous abroad. “This clearly means that music companies here do not give much value to original independent labels,” said a member. Rahul Ram added, “We need such platforms because nothing is ours when we sign the album contracts. We are fed up of the mainstream companies.”

The press meet also featured performances by two upcoming rock bands — Indigo Children and The Black Lips. Their power packed performance was an instance of the rising potential of independent labels in India.

TAMANNA SHARMA

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