A treat for music lovers, Nesco is bringing to Mumbai the first ever folk and fusion music festival- Paddy Fields. Come 15th and 16th October and the Bombay Exhibition Centre at Goregaon, Mumbai will witness some fine performances by the best folk artists of the country.
Here are eight artists to watch out for at Paddy Fields Music Festival:
An immensely talented folk and Sufi singer- Mame Khan belongs to the traditional Manganiyar family of Rajasthan. Roysten Abel’s famous live album ‘Manganiyar Seduction’ featured Mame Khan as the lead vocalist. His strong, earthy voice has found a way into Bollywood as well. But our all time favorite has to be Chaudhary, his collaboration with Amit Trivedi.
Chaar Yaar was formed when four musicians from different backgrounds joined hands to revive folk music in 2004. Madan Gopal Singh-lead vocalist, composer and a poet came together with Deepak Castelino, guitarist and Banjo Player, sarod player Pritam Ghosal and multiple percussionist Amjad Khan to form the music group. They created musical bridges between Rumi, John Lennon, Kabir and Bulle Shah in the same song. They have shared the international stage with Jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann and David Hykes’ Harmonic Choir among many others.
Gangadhar and Tulika
The husband-wife duo from Bengal are passionate folk musicians and are all set to perform at the Paddy Fields Music Festival. Their love for folk music got them together and they embarked on a journey to spread folk types from Bengal like Baul, Kirtan, Rabindrasangeet and Shyamasangeet. Their appearance on the Bengali version of the famous reality TV show ‘SaReGaMaPa’ brought them immense admiration and recognition.
Following the Sham Chaurasi Gharana and Mirasi traditions of music, Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran are sisters hailing from Jalandhar, Punjab. They have been trained in traditional Sufi Music for over 10 years by their father Ustad Gulshan Mir. He usually accompanies them on the harmonium and also writes and composes their performances at concerts. Their strongly rooted Sufi renditions, husky vocals and of course Patakha Guddi have given them a huge fan following.
Colonial Cousins need no introduction. If you grew up in the 90s you have definitely enjoyed some fine music by singer-composer Leslie Lewis and singer Hariharan. Their first album ‘Colonial Cousins’ recorded massive sales in India and rest as they say is history. They have released four albums until now, the last one in 2012. As they get on stage for Paddy Fields it sure is going to be a trip down memory lane.
Papon (Angaraag Mahanta) is one of the most versatile music artistes in the country today. He dabbles with traditional, folk sounds as well as popular music with equal ease and conviction. No surprise that his Bollywood songs (Moh Moh Ke Dhaage) are as popular as his live shows. We are definitely not missing his performance at Paddy Fields and we suggest you don’t either.
Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant are a household name today. Having composed music for some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters, this duo has given us several memorable songs such as Ali Maula and O Re Piya. Besides they have been the first Indians to perform a fusion music act at World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival (WOMAD) in London in 2014. They also performed for the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2010.
Dhruv Ghanekar had a slow start with his first album- ‘Distance’ released in 2008 but his second album ‘Voyage’ released in 2015 was an instant success! A unique amalgamation of sounds from Africa and India the album won him the GIMA for Best Fusion Album in 2016. He has toured with many reputed artistes including Vieux Farka Toure, Richard Bona, Trilok Gurtu, A. R. Rahman, Bernard Purdee, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Raul Midon. And now he is all set to perform at Paddy Fields, 2016.
You sure don’t want to miss a line up like this, so don’t waste time and click here to book your tickets.