The third edition India’s premiere folk fusion music festival, Paddy Fields 2018, was held over the weekend at the Nesco grounds in Goregaon. This year too the much awaited music festival brought together an amazing line up of artists who succeeded in melding the folk genre from across the country with various other genres to fuse together a vibrant and delightful evening of jugalbandi that was enjoyed by one and all.
The evening got going with an exuberant performance by a group of 28 children in the age group of 8-16 all from the Manganiyar community of Rajasthan. Called the Manganiyar Classroom, it was staged by noted director and playwright, Roysten Abel. It was an inspiring performance by the children who sang and played their hearts out to an appreciative audience.
The next performance was by renowned classical musician and sitarist, Shujaat Khan accompanied by an artist whose name is synonymous with folk music, Malini Awasthi. The duos collaboration rendered a performance that captured Shujaat’s unique sitar style and voice with Malini’s story telling and evocative vocals, bringing out the best of both classical and folk and the applause they received was definitely well deserved.
This was followed by well known santoor player Rahul Sarma and award winning Kashmiri folk singer, Gulzar Ahmad Ganie. The duo’s performance was marked Ganie’s voice which brought to life the folklore of the Kashmir valley to the melodious accompaniment of Rahul’s santoor. Their set was marked by a more up tempo, pop sound that embraced a wider and younger audience that was well received going by the cheering response.
Finally it was the turn of the headlining act, none other than Bollywood composer/singer Amit Trivedi, featuring folk artists from around the country. As Amit launched into his set he admitted that he was more a composer than a singer, but of course Bollywood is not the usp of Paddy Fields and Amit soon brought on folk artists from around India who perform alongside, some of the best musicians in India including Warren Mendonca and Rhythm Shaw among others. Each of the songs had Amit’s improvisations but allowed the artists shine through, rocking the audience as they sang along.
With that, the curtain down on Day 1 of Paddy Fields 2018.
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