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Amarnath Live & DVJ Shaan at Hard Rock Cafe Andheri, Mumbai

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Amarnath, an Indian singer and live performer, along with DJ Shaan is coming to Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri for our Bollywood Night on the 20th September. Join us for the best of Bollywood music.

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Paddy & Friends, Ft. Ayushi Karnik at Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy, Gurgaon

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International Blues Day with Paddy & Friends, ft. Ayushi Karnik!

Pradyumna Singh Manot (Paddy): 

Paddy is one of India’s most talented jazzmen and the leading Latin jazz pianist in the country. He started his life in music on the piano at the age of six. Since that time he has been extensively studying Western Classical, Jazz (with Madhav Chari), Latin, Latin jazz and North Indian classical music.

He has performed in many prestigious venues and festivals across India and has been a regular artist of the Congo Square Jazz Festival for past 8 years. Abroad he has also performed in Hong Kong, Indonesia, UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Macau, Bangladesh and has performed in the World’sbiggest jazz festival, the Java Jazz Festival where he received accolades form great names of jazz including George Benson, Roy Hargrove and Joey de Franscesco.

He has performed with many jazz artists such as American jazz singer Claire MIchaud, Canadian trombonist Alistair Kay (Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, etc.), star bassist Steve Zerlin, Alex Stuart and Indian guitar legend Sumith Ramachandran, among others. Paddy is also a founder member of the Latin- jazz bands Los Amigos and Jazzeando.

Pradyumna has given many concerts with Indian musicians such as Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, Ustad Taufique Quereshi, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, among others.

Pradyumna has worked with many dancers across different dance forms. He has toured and performed with the world famous tap dancer Jason Samuel Smith and world famous kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das. He is also closely associated with Salsa company “Mambo City”.

Paddy is accompanied by –
Sanjeeta Bhattacharya ( Voice)
Kunal Netrapal ( Drums)
Sergio Dinarte ( Bass)

Ayushi Karnik
Aayushi Karnik is a 20 year old Guitarist/Singer /Songwriter from Surat, Gujarat . Initially being part of a few bands she got to explore various genres of music ranging from the Blues to Punk rock. But it was soon a realization that her passion was the Blues.

Aayushi started playing guitar at the age of 12 though gave a serious thought of working hard on the instrument when she entered high school. Being a Convent student she was encouraged to participate in School Choir and other Carol singing competitions. Her first proper band that was more of a duo was named as ‘Zephyr’ consisting of herself and Hardik Desai. The duo survived for almost a year composing a few tunes of their own.

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Mame Khan, Peepal Tree at Blue Frog, Bangalore

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Mame Khan:
Mame Khan is one of the most renowned Folk, Sufi and playback singer from the Manganiyar community in Rajasthan, west India. He sings a wide range of Folk and Sufi music from the Thar desert and is also know as a composer and arranger. His voice has graced music events around the globe. He is also known for his super hit Chaudhary from Coke Studio with Amit Trivedi and several other Bollywood songs. Mame Khan is considered as one of the pioneering musicians from his community in protecting ancient oral tradition by mixing traditional songs with a modern twist, managing the fine balance between protecting the heritage of his community and discovering new listeners with modern sounds.

Peepal Tree:
Peepal Tree is a Bangalore based band. The band comprises Sujay Harthi on vocals, Tony Das on guitars, Praveen Biligiri on bass and Willy Demoz on drums and percussions. Their music can be described as Indian melodies sitting on funk grooves with overtones of electronica, and sung in Indian languages. This combination of elements makes for a very interesting new sound.
Each musician in the band brings a wealth of experience to this new project, having been part of some of the most successful bands from India. Peepal Tree has collectively played more than 1500 concerts globally, in their other projects, and has been a part of the Hindi and Kannada movie industries.

Sujay Harthi – Vocals
Tony Das – Guitars
Praveen Biligiri – Bass
Willy Demoz – Drums

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Bombay Bassment EP Launch at High Spirits, Pune

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The first Indian Hip-Hop act to play at the legendary Glastonbury festival & our favourite Hip-Hop ensemble, the FIRE starters Bombay Bassment launch their new EP OK Dance this Friday night!

Bombay Bassment is a 4 piece eclectic band from Bombay, India formed in 2010. The lineup consists of MC/Rapper Bob, Drummer Levin, Bassist Ruell and Chandu (DJ/Samples). Their music is an upbeat blend of Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae, Funk & Drum n Bass. Each member has varied influences & backgrounds making the sound of the band very unique.

Bob is a veteran MC and DJ originally from Kenya, his destiny led him onto the Mumbai scene over 12 years ago. Formulating his lyrics and sound around the rhythms of his life, Bob brings a distinctive flavor to the dance-floor. Levin & Ruell are the original founders of Bombay Bassment and have been active on the Indie scene for the past 8 years! With 15 years of experience, Chandu started off as a resident DJ at landmark clubs in Mumbai and is currently the co-producer of Bombay Bassment along with Deep, founder of Indiaudio (an Independent music label).

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Ikarushka & Ancient Science at BFlat, Bangalore

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Ikarushka & Ancient Science – an evening of World music that spans traditional folk music across continenents. Come and hear a collaborative effort spanning musicians from Russia, Iran, Persia and India who’ve come together to create a sound – the likes of which you haven’t heard before. The charming sounds of live ethnic instruments layered with deep bass vibrations are pierced by traditional Russian singing, accompanied by live drums and eclectic, advanced electronic beats – The hypnotic and euphoric sound of the Moorchunga complemented by ancient, indigenous instruments like the Sullur of the Gond Tribe, Singing Frogs of the Akha Tribe, Kalimbas originally from Africa and other nearly extinct instruments of tribal magic being played Live and Western contemporary instruments like the guitar and drums. All these sounds are played live, along with electronic samples and sounds. The band members play the following instruments:
Petr Nesterov a.k.a. Ikarushka: Goosli, Topshur, Ocarina, Flutes (Jaleyka, Svirel, Kaluka) and analog synthesisers.

Varun Lulla: Moorchunga, Sullur, Kalimba, Koyal Shiti
Mehdi Dehbandi: Flamenco Guitar, Didgeridoo, Electronics
Yashar Bagheri: Kamanche
Shreyas Selvaraju: Drums, Djembe, Conga, Hand Pan

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Winston Balman at The Beer Cafe, Gurgaon

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Winston Balman the “artist” came into being way back in 2003, while in school in Dehradun. It was then that he found his calling and realized he wanted to devote his life to music and other performing arts. You can often hear him say this with a smile, “If I wasn’t doing this I would have been doing nothing.” There is intensity about his music that makes you want to go “once more”. We don’t hear a lot of people say this today but being an old schooler himself, this is what he has to say about music – “I feel it is not the complexity of the music that is involved but the person or story behind it that make even the simplest of music sound beautiful. I believe that music should be able to sow seeds of peace. Most of my songs are very country and I like to keep them that way”.

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Hiten Panwar at Hybrid, Delhi

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Percussionist Hiten Panwar live at Hybrid!

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Fete de la Musique ft. Antoine and Ditty at The Hungry Monkey, Delhi

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Antoine Redon
Living in India since 10 years, Antoine is a French singer who started learning the violin at the age of 6 and soon took the guitar to accompany his voice, also taking on Reggae music as a bit of an obsession. He sang the main roles in the musicals ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Paris (2004) and ‘Hair’ in Paris (2002) and in Delhi (2008 & 2010).

He gathered musical influences from the African tradition, Reggae, Rock Opera, Spanish gypsy and French songs and his own compositions. You can see him appearing in “Delhi Roots”, “Serge Gainsbourg night”, “A Capella”, “The French troubadours – Antoine and Romain” “The Shouts – Antoine & Aditi” and more recently in “Vocal Rasta,” an A Capella ensemble produced by Teamwork Arts for Freedom of Expression that he conducts in various concerts and festivals.

Ditty
Ditty is the moonlighting artistic alter ego of architect Aditi Veena. Her performances combine music with experimental spatial experiences and have ranged from performing in small tight basements with visual projections to spatial experiences to a walking garden concert through the beautiful Village of Zorba the Buddha where the audience moved through the gardens with the artists to listen to music in various different spaces.

Her first EP is called Mumblings (on the impressioned interactions with four charming monsieurs in the life of Ditty). It is a concept EP linking four stories about four special men in Ditty’s life. And since Ditty wanted it to be more than just music, She ended up doing a small storybook which unfolded and illustrated all four stories.

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Tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Dhruv Sangari & Rooh at Blue Frog, Pune

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Dhruv Sangari is a renowned music performer in India, trained and also given guidance by the legendary maestro late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khansaheb. He is part of the “Rooh” ensemble based in New Delhi, India. The troupe shall be paying tribute to the late maestro by performing the timeless poetic works of the great master, embodying the mystic message of peace, love and joy.

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