Orange Festival of Music and Adventure 2018 ended on a high note with a grand performance by Iron Maidens, in Dambuk. OFAM, the unique orange themed Adventure and Music festival held in Arunachal Pradesh, grew even bigger in 2018 with more than 10000+ tourists and 30000+ locals attending the festival. As compared to last year 18 bands, this year the festival was attended by 28 music bands, including international bands like Thundermother from Sweden and others.
The event was inaugurated by Honourable CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu where he mentioned that the festivals like OFAM, which he initiated during his tenure as tourism minister, aim to spur the growth in tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. He also mentioned that Tourism would be a game changer for Arunachal Pradesh and help the state to improve connectivity in the region. This would also benefit the locals economically.
The idea behind the festival as mentioned by Mr. Abu Tayeng, OFAM director, earlier is to bring in people from all over the world to explore the wild natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and experience the local way of life and culture in an untouched destination. OFAM has been growing bigger year on year and becoming a huge attraction for tourists planning to visit Arunachal Pradesh. He also hoped that the next edition will be bigger and grander than this year both in terms of visitors and participants. He also said, “We plan to take OFAM on an international stage and create a buzz on national circuit as well. The festival attracts visitors not only from India but internationally as well, which showcase its potential. We hope that upcoming editions will receive more attention and fame, thus ensuring a bigger tourists’ inflow in the region and better employment opportunities for locals.”
Apart from enthralling music by 28 bands which performed on stage, crowds also witnessed the thrilling JKtyres 4X4 Fury, enjoyed adventure sports which were organized in collaboration with NIMAS and the natural beauty of Dambuk. This year 25 Indian bands from all over the country and 3 International Bands from different parts of the globe made the crowds groove to their music. From local favourites Trance effect to Thundermother from Sweden, bands gave absorbing performances which kept the energy levels high through the evening. Rains battered the venue on occasion, but the crowds braved the weather conditions and made their presence felt. Lead vocalist of the Iron Maidens, Kirsten Rosenberg said, “I was surprised to see the enthusiasm with which the crowd turned up even after bad weather conditions. She mentioned that hers is a tribute band and was pleasantly surprised to see how many music lovers came together celebrated in this beautiful location. Iron Maidens, she said, surely look forward to visiting again.”
Festival Proceedings had begun with cultural events and the flag-off of the JKtyres 4X4 fury rally event. Local favourites the Manabhum Off-roaders Club of Arunachal won the title with a slender lead of 5 points. They hung on to the lead which they gained on the first stage. Last year’s defending champs Gerrari Off-roaders finished in a close 2nd.
The scenic lower Dibung valley was a perfect setting for adventure lovers to get their fill of adrenaline in this year’s OFAM. With mighty rivers like the Dirang and Brahmaputra flowing in close vicinity and rainforests covered east Himalayan ranges surrounding the vast orange orchards, adventure activities like zip lining, para gliding, para sailing, white water rafting, dirt cycling, speed boating and elephant rides were the popularly enjoyed activities at this festival. OFAM organisers collaborated with NIMAS, National institute for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports a MoD run institute, for arranging the activities on offer. Many adventure lovers enjoyed the para motoring which took flyers on a 20 min flight over the entire Lower Dibung valley. The landing among the orange trees excited many thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. Zip lines passed over the orange orchards which gave participants birds eye view of the trees below. Rapids of grade 1+K3 and 2+K2 on a 10 km long route kept the adrenaline pumping for the participants of white water rafting. These rapids flung many rafts across the river, but teams learnt how to manoeuvre this force of nature with sound guidance from the NIMAS instructors. Elephant rides gave a leisurely vibe when compared to other adventure activities.
With so many adventure activities, hungry crowds were treated to delicious food and fine music on the day and night stages. Food stalls by the locals served up local delicacies like orange pudding, Rice wine, variety of local beers, egg with ginger, farm fresh orange juice and all time favourite Momos to name a few. This unique one-of-a-kind orange themed festival also hosted an orange eating competition!! Stalls which showcased kiwi fruit and pineapple were also present in the OFAM.
@Orange Festival of Music and Adventure 2018 @CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu @Iron Maidens @Kirsten Rosenberg Iron Maidens @NIMAS @Abu Tayeng, OFAM director @H2O Communication @Varsha Purohit @Divya Bhatia
Universal Music India and Allied Blenders and Distillers announced today its collaboration for the Sterling Reserve Music Project. This unique programme is to incubate, encourage and promote aspiring singer songwriters to showcase their talent and release their music globally via Universal Music.
The Sterling Reserve Music Project is an enabler platform which is language and genre agnostic, and aims to provide a home to diverse artists from all over the country whose talent and music need the right opportunity to reach wide audiences. The youth of India have an opinion, that needs strong expression and be a voice of the sub culture. For the first time ever, they will have an opportunity to collaborate with some of the finest writers, composers and producers to help bring their vision to song and the ability to use the massive network of Universal Music & its partners to find & own their niche in an otherwise cluttered landscape.
Talking about the platform, Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said “I have always wanted to create & develop a genuine platform that enables real artists, irrespective for who they are, what they sing & where they come from to be able to share their gift with the world. I’m thrilled to have found a partner in Sterling Reserve who shares my exact vision and have come on board for the long term to co-own India’s first artist enabler platform”.
Sharing his vision, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said “We hope to start an incredible journey to encourage and present talent to wide audiences with The Sterling Reserve Music Project. Universal Music brings the label, understanding, and very importantly, the passion to build this expression beautifully. Working with emerging talent resonates with the Sterling Reserve brand ideology of Chase the Next”.
Talking about her track Anushqa shared “I am really thrilled that my song will kick-start this platform. There is immense talent tucked away in the country and opportunities like this will help us unlock opportunities for all of them. I hope the Sterling Reserve Music Project marks a turning point for our industry.”
@Universal Music India @Allied Blenders and Distillers @Sterling Reserve Music Project @Devraj Sanyal @ Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers @“Hear Me” @Anushqa
The Mallroad Project, a Delhi-based indie rock band, the music they create talk about the feelings, challenges, fears, dreams and hopes of a new-age Indian. Many of the songs have socio-political tones as they aim to address the real-life issues around us. The sound of the band ranges from groovy blues to intense hard rock. They have already released two EPs: Naazni and Behti Hawa. The links to some of their songs will give you an understanding of their music:
“TU KAHAN” is about the purest emotion of missing someone and appreciating their space in our lives
“PARESHAAN” is a song about how we forget to appreciate our lives and get stuck on the darker side of everyday lives
“SAANSEIN” their new single talks about an experience when someone takes your breath away
The Mallroad Project YouTube Channel
Being extremely passionate about music, they are corporate professionals by day, and musicians by night and the weekends. The band comprises of Akhil Thakur (drums /percussion/vox), Mahavir Rawat (guitars/vox), Praveer Singh (bass/vox), Shankar Sharma (vox /guitars).
The band has been playing live in the Delhi circuits at venues such as TCs, Depot 48, SnS etc. and growing consistently.
The Indian Music Experience (IME), India’s first interactive music museum, is a vibrant music hub, providing visitors a unique experience of India’s rich cultural heritage. The aim of this centre is to increase the understanding and appreciation about the diversity of Indian music, from the traditional to the contemporary. The IME is an initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, a non-profit public charitable Trust, supported by the Brigade Group. The Founder of IME is MR Jaishankar, Chairman and Managing Director of the Brigade Group.
Located in JP Nagar 7th Phase, within the Brigade Millennium Enclave, the Indian Music Experience houses three main sections — a state-of-the-art interactive Exhibit Area, a Sound Garden and a Learning Centre. The Exhibit Area consists of 8 thematic galleries showcasing various facets of Indian music, an instruments gallery with over 100 musical instruments, three mini theatres, and several computerbased interactive installations that allow the visitor to experience the process of music-making. The exhibits feature rare and precious memorabilia belonging to the Bharat Ratna musicians of the country— Bismillah Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and MS Subbulakshmi, while the artefacts of Lata Mangeshkar and Ravi Shankar are expected soon. In addition, a performance costume worn by Daler Mehndi, a rare phonograph and gramophone, a selection of microphones, gramophone records and other artefacts form part of the collection. The Sound Garden features musical sculptures that introduce visitors to the principles of sound. The Learning Centre is at the forefront of delivering high quality music education at the IME and at schools through its outreach program. In addition, the IME houses various spaces such as a rooftop amphitheatre, a multipurpose mini auditorium and a seminar hall. The centre also features a Café and a Gift Store with specially designed products by the well-known product design house— Foley Designs
HISTORY AND MILESTONES
The IME is located in JP Nagar, South Bangalore, within Brigade Millennium (completed in the year 2000), which is Bangalore’s first integrated enclave comprising apartment blocks, a school, a stateof-the-art convention centre and a clubhouse. In large developments such as this, a portion of the development is demarcated as a Civic Amenities site which is allotted by the Bangalore Development Authority [BDA] for a broad range of community development activities. In the year 2008, a group of residents of Brigade Millennium headed by Mr. P. V. Maiya came together to form the Brigade Millennium Welfare Trust (later renamed as the Indian Music Experience Trust) with the support of the Brigade Group, and the two acre CA site was allotted by the BDA to the Trust for the purpose of promoting social and cultural activities. The Trust conducted surveys in the neighborhood and had consultations with several opinion leaders, artists and cultural leaders in India, and a large majority indicated a need for and an interest in music-related activities. In parallel, Mr. M. R. Jaishankar visited the Experience Music Project in Seattle, USA, which is one of the foremost interactive music museums of the world. Thus, the idea of setting up a similar worldclass interactive museum dedicated to Indian music was born. In the year 2010, an architecture design competition was conducted for the design of the museum building, where eight young and talented architecture practices of Bangalore were invited to submit design proposals. A jury comprising eminent personalities of Bangalore chose the proposal submitted by Architecture Paradigm as the winning design, and the team was then sent to study the finer points of museum design by visiting some of the best museums across the world. As a result of the study tour, The world–renowned exhibition design firm, Gallagher and Associates, were chosen to create the exhibits inside the museum. Gallagher and Associates are one of the foremost museum designers in the world, having worked on projects such as the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the Woodstock Museum in New York. The 50,000 sft IME building was completed in 2013 and inaugurated by the then Hon. CM of Karnataka, Sri Siddaramaiah. The Learning Centre was completed in 2015 and imparts high quality music education to over 100 students in various disciplines. The Sound Garden, featuring 10 unique musical sculptures was inaugurated in 2017 and attracts several hundred visitors a month, as well as school groups. The multimedia exhibits and interactives were completed in May of 2018 when a soft launch was held. The museum will be fully inaugurated and open to the public by Sep-Oct 2018.
KEY TEAM MEMBERS AND CONSULTANTS
The Indian Music Experience Trust comprises accomplished personalities of Bangalore such as the Chairman PV Maiya (ex-MD ICICI Bank), Nirupama Rao (former Indian Ambassador to US, China and Sri Lanka), Irfan Razack (MD, Prestige Constructions), Balakrishna Hegde (MD, Chartered Housing), P Pradeep Kumar (ex MD, State Bank of India), Kusuma Muniraju (noted advocate) and others. Manasi Prasad, Carnatic musician and IIM Bangalore alumna is the Project Director and Dr. Suma Sudhindra, veena exponent and founder of the Bangalore International Arts Festival is the Director – Outreach. The museum’s advisory board is headed by SM Krishna (former External Affairs Minister) and has Dr. L Subramaniam (violinist), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (MD, Biocon), N Murali (President, Madras Music Academy) and others. The curation of the museum content was guided by a committee of subject matter experts, headed by noted musicologist Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao, and also included Jayant Kastuar (Kathak exponent and former secretary of Sangeet Natak Akademi), Rajiv Vijayakar (Hindi film journalist) , Deepak Raja (musicologist), Vikram Sampath (author and historian) and others.
Artist Aloud released a new single called ‘Jaag’ by award-winning British Indian singer/ songwriter, ShahinBadar. Available across the Hungama network starting today, Jaag is a song about women empowerment and encompasses empowering themes of womanhood and liberation, and acceptance of beauty and self-love. Jaag’s video astutely examines the power of survival and admonishment of gender and lovers.
The latest single by Shahin is an edgy and hypnotic song that revolves around awakening one’s resolve for independence and breaking the shackles of misogyny and depravation. In a deft fashion, it appeals to the listeners to move forward without being tied down by age-old customs and norms.
Talking about the song, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice-President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are excited to release Shahin’s latest single on Artist Aloud. Jaag brings to fore a topical issue and it is important that the audience is able to absorb and imbibe the meaning behind the video. We are certain that Shahin’s brilliant vocals combined with Artist Aloud’s strong reach will help us deliver the intended message in the most effective manner.”
Speaking about her new single, ShahinBadar said, “She is beautiful because she is intelligent and she cares not because of what she wears or the wealth she carries! A good man/brother who respects her inner beauty, acknowledges her strength and vision, becomes her guide and protector, rather than one who watches her to undermine her strength. With verbal abuse, drugs intake, insults, disrespect on the rise, every woman needs a brother who values her integrity and respects her. ‘Jaag’(Rise) highlights a struggling woman’s fight for liberation and has zero tolerance to manipulation. Equally for a woman and a man the transition of stages from darkness to light requires spirituality, which is not easily perceived without explanation, nor readily understood by our society.”
Shahin, a versatile Award Winning singer/ songwriter, has collaborated with various world-renowned producers across the world covering music genres like EDM, Trance, House, Trip Hop, Pop, Sufi over which she implemented her production ideas. She has been able to etch her name and prominence across continents with her unique voice style and music. Credited with successful albums like Laila and Destiny, she has teamed up with mainstream and Indian music producers such as A.R. Rahman and electronic big beat giants, The Prodigy on 3 U.K. No. 1 albums. Her legendary Alaap chants on the international hit Smack My Bitch Up and the Prodigy track, Get Up, Get Off, further added to her popularity. As a multimillion-selling album, Fat of The Land made Shahin a recipient of a quadruple Platinum award and got her an entry into the Guinness book of records in 1999 for the fastest selling UK album.
Her collaborations also include the likes of A.R. Rahman, Indian Ropeman, Bobina, Gemini Brothers, Noise Control, Doug Laurent, Kaya Project, GioMakyo, Jah Wobble, FX, Fraser T Smith, Twista and Juliet Lewis and many more. Her vocals have already featured in more than 30 Hollywood and Indian films including Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-nominated ‘Closer’ and Academy Award-nominated ‘Charlie’s Angels’, as well as Shyam Bengal’s ‘Zubeidaa”.
To watch the music video, visit:
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To celebrate the Berlgian King's Day in Mumba recently, DC Salas, a Belgian DJ and producer hailing from Brussels with Peruvian origins was tne man behind the Music console for the after party. As a DJ, DC Salas loves to mix it up. He plays everything from house and new beat to disco and percussive beats.As a producer he’s released EPs and remixes on prestigious labels such as Relish, Toys For Boys, petFood, Kill The DJ, B-Pitch Control, Correspondant and of course Biologic Records, the label he co-runs since 2012. It’s there that he has released his first album “The Unspoken LP” in 2017.
Cala Falco (Feat. Joy Wellboy) – official video on YouTube
The Unspoken LP – Biologic Records 2017 – on SoundCloud
Live Premiere @ Beursschouwbug – After Movie – Facebook video
Not content with having a summer smash hit with the glorious ‘Rise’ Ft Jack & Jack, unstoppable hit-maker Jonas Blue returns with an even bigger single, ‘Polaroid’, featuring Liam Payne and Nashville star Lennon Stella out now on Positiva via Virgin EMI. It is taken from his debut album which will be released in November.Listen to ‘Polaroid (feat. Liam Payne and Lennon Stella) https://UMGI.lnk.to/Polaroid It’s been quite a summer for Jonas Blue, who enjoyed a hugely successful Ibiza residency at Hi that ended recently. Produced by Jonas Blue and written by Jonas, JP Cooper, Sam Romans and Ed Drewett, ‘Polaroid’ is a heaven sent slice of R&B pop replete with a truly anthemic chorus and an irresistible groove. The video featuring Jonas, Liam and Lennon, was shot in Manhattan.
With ‘Rise’ fast becoming one of the biggest hits of the year (with over 500 million global streams already), ‘Polaroid’ looks set to continue Jonas’ hot streak that has seen him accrue over 5 billion streams worldwide and 30 million single sales globally. Jonas also has 4 BRIT award nominations and across his past singles (Fast Car, Perfect Strangers, Mama) has been certified platinum over 85 times around the world, with Rise looking set to hit platinum imminently. Former One Direction alum Liam Payne needs no introduction while rising pop star and actress Lennon Stella is best known for her breakout role in the popular TV show Nashville.
In addition to his Ibiza residency, Jonas Blue has recently launched a record label Blue Future, as well as spending the summer playing festivals around the world. Having worked on remixes and collaborations for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill, MK, James Bay and Sabrina Carpenter, he is quickly establishing himself as a producer, writer, DJ and fast becoming the UK’s biggest breakout star this year.
Hyderabad witnessed a music phenomenon at Budweiser Experiences Sensation Rise 2018, the world’s leading dance event, hosted at Gachibowli Stadium. The festival was a supreme saga of euphoric performances, unbelievable energy, edgy visuals and epic beats; marking Budweiser’s consistent efforts to elevate the music experience for enthusiasts. Guests clad in all-white, symbolizing liberation and harmony, the very foundation of the festival, gathered enthusiastically to revel in the ultimate celebration of music culture.
The festival was host to some of the most talented and captivating DJs, such as Robin Schulz, Sander Van Doorn, Nicky Romero, Sam Feldt, Nucleya, WhoIsJody and Mr White, who is Budweiser Sensation Rise’s resident DJ, playing at the iconic Sensation stage. The stadium was thumping with energy and excitement, as the DJs performed some of their most loved tracks and mixes. Adding to the overall experience, the larger-than-life ‘Budweiser Maze’ had fans capturing their best moments from the festival and getting their customized festival merchandise. Select music lovers also got a taste of Budweiser’s world class hospitality at The Bud Hotel, which was lit up in Budweiser’s signature red colour, offering ultimate experiences and exultant vibes. At the venue, select guests got exclusive access to the Budweiser viewing stage that provided an unparalleled view of the white sea of fans and the stage. The night culminated in an exclusive after party with surprise performances by Sander Van Doorn and WhoIsJody, rendering Budweiser Experiences x Sensation Rise one of the finest and all-encompassing music experiences of the year.
Commenting on the association with Sensation, Kartikeya Sharma, VP Marketing– India, AB InBev said, “It was a surreal feeling watching thousands of fans unite at one place, one time, to revel in the euphoric energy of music. At Budweiser, our association with Sensation for its second edition in India only reaffirms our intent of going above and beyond to nurture music culture in India. We are excited to carry on this thrilling journey, as we continue to introduce India to world-class music experiences.” The white fiesta was home to over 18,000 young enthusiasts, united by their love for music.
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The party has arrived. Introducing the latest musical companions from JBL – JBL PartyBox 200 and the JBL PartyBox 300 – for the first time in India. These new speakers are designed for next-level entertainment. Goal: Throw an epic party that will be remembered. Step 1. Invite party people. Step 2. Stream your party playlist to the JBL PartyBox. Step 3. Watch Partybox elevate and amplify the moment.
Packed with JBL’s signature sound, the PartyBox creates an uplifting listening experience, whether it’s a small gathering at home or pop-up gig in a park. And what’s a party without mood lighting? Choose one of three lighting options and create added ambiance to any setting.
“Check, check. One, two, three.” Grab a mic and strap on a guitar because the JBL PartyBox is equipped with a microphone and instrument input, giving everyone the opportunity to showcase their talents, whether at home or on stage. Professional musician looking to liven up the evening? Aspiring shower singer in search of that big backyard break? Look no further.
“I love that my JBL PartyBox combines JBL Signature Sound with stylish lighting, and the speaker’s bass brings my personal parties to life,’’ stated Priyanka Chopra, actor, singer, philanthropist and Global Brand Ambassador for JBL.
For even larger sound, connect two PartyBox speakers to create a crowd friendly, amplified listening experience. PartyBox has a USB input allowing anyone to connect their playlist directly via a USB drive. The party won’t miss a beat, and no one will have to sacrifice their phone and miss out on countless social media opportunities. #BestPartyEver.
JBL PARTYBOX 200 & 300 FEATURES
JBL Signature Sound: Enjoy an immersive audio experience at home or at a party that only JBL sound can provide. Wireless Bluetooth Streaming: Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from a smartphone or tablet.
Built-in Light Shows: There’s a light show for every mood; Meter, Pulse, and Party mode.
Portable with Rechargeable Battery: Plug in to a 12V DC source or use the built-in 10,000mAh battery for 18 hours of playtime (only for the PartyBox 300).
Mic and Guitar Inputs: Plug in a mic or guitar and take the stage.
USB Playback: Pre-program a party or event with a favorite playlist from a USB thumb drive.
True Wireless Stereo & RCA: Connect compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS (True Wireless Stereo) using Bluetooth connection up to two PartyBox speakers or wired via one RCA output to another.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
JBL PartyBox 200, priced at INR 32,499 and JBL PartyBox 300, priced at INR 35,999 are immediately available at www.JBL.com and other online and retail channels, including 350 Samsung brand stores across the country.
@Priyanka Chopra @JBL PartyBox #BestPartyEver.
Singer Darshan Raval has all the reason to celebrate this festive season as his two chartbusters Chogada Tara from Love Yatri and Kamariya from Maitron still ruling the roost on all major music charts. The two tracks are currently on #1 and #2 respectively on Mirchi Top 20..Darshan feels blessed to have received so much love for both of his songs and due to the festive season, the tracks have soared even higher, “During Navratri Chogada Tara played across all Navratri pandals in the country and Kamariya too has been a favourite amongst the youth. With Diwali, the popularity of the songs has only risen further” says a source close to Darshan.
With the onset of the Wedding season, its likely that the two chart busters will hold their numero uno spots for a while. Commenting on the same, Darshan says he’s grateful to the audiences who have given both the songs so much love, “Im glad both Chogada Tara and Kamariya are doing so well. The response has exceeded our expectations and I’m really thankful to the listeners. With their love and encouragement, I hope to come out with more tracks that they enjoy in the times to come”
@ Darshan Raval @Bhavesh Rane @Radio Mirchi
Members South Indian Music Companies Association (SIMCA) has entered into an agreement for monetizing its public performance rights with Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). This tie-up gives PPL access to over 100,000 sound recordings from films, independent & devotional albums, songs from Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Sanskrit and Malayalam.
With the likes of 5 Star Audio, Star Audio, Satyam Audio, Amudham Music, Millenium Audio, Symphony Recording Company, Mass Audio, Nadham Audio, Melody, Modern Cinema and 45 other record labels coming on board, PPL increases its offering in classics from maestros like S.P.Balasubramanyam, KJ.Yesudas, Chitra and M.S.Subbulakshmi. SIMCA members command more than 60% market share in the south Indian music market. SIMCA continues to monetize its content on Radio & Digital platforms directly.
Mr. Rajat Kakar, CEO & MD of PPL says “We welcome SIMCA members and are proud to be associated with this important confederation covering all southern states. We are delighted to have a larger offering of popular South Indian music; as we attempt to make PPL a truly pan Indian sound recording performance society, representing music from member companies across the length and breadth of the country. It is a historic moment for the Indian music industry. With this our member count has exceeded 300”
Mr Rajesh Dhupad, Joint Secretary, Simca shares “PPL has undergone a positive transformation in the last one year and hence our member’s decision to associate with PPL was a unanimous one. With the new professional management team in place, the policies and systems have become extremely transparent. We look forward to garnering revenues on the public performance platform & ploughing it back into content creation, thereby adding value to the entire music ecosystem in south. We will work closely with PPL in guiding the organization to greater heights.
@5 Star Audio, @Star Audio, @Satyam Audio, @Amudham Music, @Millenium Audio, @Symphony Recording Company, @Mass Audio, @Nadham Audio, @Melody, Modern Cinema @Mr Rajesh Dhupad, Joint Secretary, Simca @Rajat Kakar @PPL @South Indian Music Companies Association (SIMCA) @Sarthak Malik @wizspk
Vinod Krishnan is an established multi-faceted musician – singer, composer and educator. He is a trained singer specializing in South Indian Classical or Carnatic music. He has composed several singles in genres such as pop, classical, acapella and jazz, among others. He has sung extensively for several dance productions that include popular and ancient Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak. He is also a pianist, who is merit certified in the Digital Keyboard Grade Exams conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London. He has collaborated with artists globally, from cities like Dubai, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Jose, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), to name a few.
Born in Chennai, India, Vinod Krishnan actively learnt Indian Classical music from the age of 4 years from world renowned musicians such as Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan and Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, who have received the Padma Bhushan awared in 2004 (Padma Bhushan is India’s 3rd highest civilian award for excellence in arts, among other categories).Vinod Krishnan has been a stage performer since the age of 11 years, In 1998, he won the prestigious CCRT (Center for Cultural Research and Training) scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He received this scholarship for South Indian Classical music in the vocal category, for 8 years in a row, until 2006. This scholarship is awarded to students who display exemplary talent in the arts.
Winner of the MIT Ideas Global Challenge and US Creative Business Cup 2012, IndianRaga is an educational startup founded at MIT. One of the avenues that IndianRaga provides to further the arts, is a 10-12 day fellowship to bring together world class musicians to collaborate over, to create world class music productions that go viral on social media and represent the highest quality and novel ways of musical collaboration. In the 2016 fellowship Vinod Krishnan was selected as a senior fellow for South Indian Classical music (Carnatic music). He created several viral video productions that showcased his excellence in Indian music and other genres like pop, acapella, jazz as he combined several genres to create new soundscapes that went viral on social media and was praised by eminent artists and were featured in digital news media.
IndianRaga Fellowship 2017
Impressed by Vinod’s creativity and professionalism in the 2016 fellowship, IndianRaga invited Vinod to return to their 2017 fellowship as Creative Director for music. In this role, Vinod created, arranged and performed in several music productions with the 2017 fellows. He mentored over 30 teams of musicians and singers to create novel music productions that furthered the art forms and went viral on social media and continue to do so. He also evaluated, judged and shortlisted the fellows from a talent pool of several hundred highly talented applicants globally. Candidates applied from USA, India, Dubai, U.K, to name a few countries. Vinod evaluated candidates not only in the South Indian Classical music categories for vocal and instruments, but also in other categories of the fellowship such as North Indian Classical music (a.k.a Hindustani Classical music), Contemporary vocal and instrumental and World music vocal and instrumental.Seeing his success at the 2016 fellowship, IndianRaga and other independent artists collaborated with Vinod to create viral videos.
Vinod Krishnan will soon be performing at Indian Raga's first ever concert in London. He is going to perform 2 concerts in London and conduct workshops, as a featured performer for IndianRaga's first ever "IndianRaga Festival". The fest is on Jan 19 and 20 in London. He will be performing live along with Mahesh Raghvan, another musician from Bangalore. Mahesh and Vinod are both creative directors for IndianRaga since 2017.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.