Bharadwaj makes his debut at musical fest

Anjali Jhangiani
Monday, 11 December 2017

Pune: The day started with much excitement. When the sun went down, the Nooran Sisters took the stage. After a musical introduction by the band members, the sisters lived up to the audience’s expectations. Their performance was a manifestation of the phrase ‘music brings people together’. The entire crowd sang the chorus of Allah Hoo along with the artistes. 

Funny man Vir Das, with his band Alien Chutney, started his stint with a mash up of old songs that got the crowd nostalgic, but his snarky lyrics got them chuckling too. 

Pune: The day started with much excitement. When the sun went down, the Nooran Sisters took the stage. After a musical introduction by the band members, the sisters lived up to the audience’s expectations. Their performance was a manifestation of the phrase ‘music brings people together’. The entire crowd sang the chorus of Allah Hoo along with the artistes. 

Funny man Vir Das, with his band Alien Chutney, started his stint with a mash up of old songs that got the crowd nostalgic, but his snarky lyrics got them chuckling too. 

Raghu Dixit played a song dedicated to women. “Women in our country have to fight battles every day, be it with their own or with society. But all they need is a pair of chappals and a road to walk on and she’ll figure out her way,” he said before performing an upbeat inspiring song titled Ek Jodi Chappal. His performance ended with a fan favourite hit. 

Homeboy Ritviz enthralled the audience. He recently rose to fame after he was declared one of the winners of Bacardi House Party Sessions and AIB released a video of his song Udd Gaye, which went viral. 

Next up was Madame Gandhi, drummer of the international band MIA, also known as the London Marathon runner who took the race without wearing a sanitary pad during her menses to spread  awareness about mensturation. 

Bollywood music composer Vishal Bharadwaj, made his debut at a music festival. While Madame Gandhi played the end of her set on one stage, audiences flocked the adjacent stage to get ready for Vishal. She ended with a song, Future and declared that “the future is female”. 

Vijay Nair told the audience that he’s been trying for three years to get Vishal Bharadwaj to perform on this stage, but he gave in only this year. He said the artiste is taking the stage after two decades. 

The show took off in a soulful note with his rendition of the classic hit Paani Paani Re. “I’m not a singer, I’m a composer. So I’ve not come to make you hear my songs, but I’m performing to make you listen to my heart. If I falter, please bear with me,” he told the audience after he missed a beat while performing. 

After a couple of songs, he called his wife, singer Rekha Bharadwaj on stage to accompany him for the rest of his set.

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