“Not so Sweet” featuring AIB & The Raghu Dixit Project at Blue Frog, Mumbai

  • Date / Time: 09/26/2013 : 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Blue Frog
  • Address: The Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills compound,Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West,Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
  • Entry: Rs. 500
  • Phone: (+)91-22-61586158, (+)91-22-65251716, (+)91-22-65251718
  • Email: info@bluefrog.co.in, reservations@bluefrog.co.in

Raghu Dixit’s remarkable rise has been nothing short of spectacular. The former Bharatnatyam dancer’s rousing folk rock is not only the symbol of metropolitan India’s blossoming alternative music scene, but is also making waves internationally. His music is ethnic and rooted at the core, but at the same time, global in its outlook. Raghu’s method, like his music, is unique: ‘I didn’t have a tape recorder so I couldn’t listen to the songs but that limiting factor became my advantage – I would strum my guitar, hum and make melodies.

Then I would read the newspaper and put stories to the melody.’Raghu’s self-titled album became the biggest selling non-Bollywood record in India (2009). He has also written scores for two Kannada-language (his native tongue) movies: ‘Both were cult hits, that’s what’s made me so popular in my home state…”In international terms his arc has been nothing short of meteoric: in 2008 he was invited to the Sage Gateshead in the UK’s North East folk heartland, for a collaborative project.

The positive feedback encouraged Raghu to pursue more international dates, resulting in a slot at Groove Armada’s Hackney festival Lovebox, which in turn led to a booking at premier world music festival, Womad in 2009. Raghu’s growing profile isn’t that surprising once you’ve seen him live: he’s a powerhouse, and delivers songs in a fluid combination of English, Hindi and Kannada set to virtuoso guitars and violin, drawing on blues, rock, reggae, bhangra, Latin and Sufi.