ANNIVERSARIES:

Bette Midler 1-Dec ! Brad Delson (Linkin Park) 1-Dec ! Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Britney Spears 2-Dec ! Charlie Puth 2-Dec ! Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) 2-Dec ! Nelly Furtado 2-Dec ! Rick Savage (Def Leppard) 2-Dec ! Ozzy Osbourne 3-Dec ! Jay-Z 4-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Little Richard 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5-Dec ! Manoj 6-Dec ! Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 6-Dec ! Roshan Ara Begum 6-Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! Ulf Ekberg (Ace Of Base) 6-Dec ! Vishwanath Rao Ringe 6-Dec ! Aaron Carter 7-Dec ! Nicole Appleton (All Saints) 7-Dec ! Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) 8-Dec ! Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 8-Dec ! Nicki Minaj 8-Dec ! Paul Rutherford 8-Dec ! Phil Collen (Def Leppard) 8-Dec ! Sinéad O'Connor 8-Dec ! Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran) 8-Dec ! Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) 9-Dec ! Nick Seymour (Crowded House) 9-Dec ! Tre Cool (Green Day) 9-Dec ! Meg White (The White Stripes) 10-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) 11-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) 12-Dec ! Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) 12-Dec ! Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) 12-Dec ! Sheila E. 12-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Taylor Swift 13-Dec ! Tom DeLonge 13-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Rasoolan Bai 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! Benny Andersson (ABBA) 16-Dec ! Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) 16-Dec ! Edwin Paul 16-Dec ! Flo Rida 16-Dec ! Michael McCary (Boyz II Men) 16-Dec ! Mike Mills (R.E.M.) 17-Dec ! Christina Aguilera 18-Dec ! DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) 18-Dec ! DMX 18-Dec ! Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) 18-Dec ! Sia 18-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) 20-Dec ! Meghan Trainor 20-Dec ! Peter Criss (Kiss) 20-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) 23-Dec ! M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) 23-Dec ! Annie Lennox 24-Dec ! Dido 24-Dec ! Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) 24-Dec ! Ricky Martin 24-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! andit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! K. G. Ginde 26-Dec ! Lars Ulrich (Metallica) 26-Dec ! David Knopfler (Dire Straits) 27-Dec ! Malabika Kanan 27-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! John Legend 28-Dec ! Deenanath Mangeshkar 29-Dec ! Ellie Goulding 30-Dec ! Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) 30-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! Tyrese 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Andy Summers (The Police) 31-Dec ! Burton Cummings 31-Dec ! George Thorogood 31-Dec ! Joe McIntyre 31-Dec ! Mallikarjun Mansur 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec ! Patti Smith 31-Dec ! Scott Ian (Anthrax) 31-Dec ! Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) 31-Dec ! Grandmaster Flash (1958) 1-Jan ! T.Chowdiah 1-Jan ! Rajashekhar Mansur 1-Jan ! Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar1-Jan !Bharati Vaishampayan 1-Jan !Jyotyi Venkatesh 2-Jan !N.Kiranavali 2-Jan !Shalmali Kholgade 2-Jan !Akhtar Sadmani 2-Jan !Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) (1975) 3-Jan !John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) (1946) 3-Jan !Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (1945) 3-Jan !Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) (1960) 4-Jan !Pandit Neeraj 4-Jan !A. R. Rehaman 5-Jan !Gurdas Mann 5-Jan !Marilyn Manson (1969) 5-Jan !Chris Stein (Blondie) (1950) 5-Jan ! George Brown (Kool & The Gang) (1949) 5-Jan ! Kamleshwar 6-Jan ! Meena Paleja 6-Jan ! Suman Ghosh 6-Jan ! Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 6-Jan ! Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) (1963) 6-Jan ! Kathie Sledge (Sister Sledge) (1959) 6-Jan ! Kenny Loggins (1948) 7-Jan ! Sean Paul (1975)8-Jan ! R. Kelly (1968) 8-Jan ! Terry Sylvester (Hollies) (1947) 8-Jan ! Robby Krieger (The Doors) (1946) 8-Jan ! Shirley Bassey (1937) 8-Jan ! A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) (1978)9-Jan ! Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) (1967) 9-Jan ! Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) (1944)9-Jan ! Joan Baez (1941) 9-Jan ! Maharajapuram Ramachandran9-Jan ! Mahendra Kapoor9-Jan ! Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande 9-Jan ! K.J. Yesudas10-Jan ! Chris Smith (Kris Kross) (1979) 10-Jan ! Aerle Taree (Arrested Development) (1973) 10-Jan ! Joey Santiago (The Pixies) (1965) 10-Jan ! Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) (1964) 10-Jan ! Pat Benatar (1953) 10-Jan ! Donald Fagen (1948) 10-Jan ! Aynsley Dunbar (Jefferson Starship) (1946) 10-Jan ! Rod Stewart (1945) 10-Jan ! Nadeem 11-Jan ! Asha Khadilkar 11-Jan ! Mary J. Blige (1971) 11-Jan ! Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (1968) 11-Jan ! Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) (1958) 11-Jan ! Naomi Judd (1946) 11-Jan ! Shiv Kumar 12-Jan ! Mahesh Kale 12-Jan ! Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) (1974)12-Jan ! Per Gessle (Roxette) (1959) 12-Jan ! Javed Siddiqi 13-Jan ! Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) (1970) 13-Jan ! Trevor Rabin (Yes) (1954) 13-Jan ! Ulhas Kashalkar 14-Jan ! Kaifi Azami 14-Jan ! Omi Sonik 14-Jan ! Ustad Alla Rakha Khan 14-Jan ! Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) (1982)14-Jan ! Pitbull (1981)14-Jan ! Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) (1969) 14-Jan ! LL Cool J (1968) 14-Jan ! Geoff Tate (Queensryche) (1959) 14-Jan ! Babla Mehta 15-Jan ! Jatin Rajguru 16-Jan ! O.P. Nayyar 16-Jan ! Maxine Jones (En Vogue) (1966) 16-Jan ! Sade (1959) 16-Jan ! Javed Akhtar 17-Jan ! Maya Govind 17-Jan ! Ramesh Taurani 17-Jan ! Sreekant Narayan 17-Jan ! Calvin Harris (1984)17-Jan ! Kid Rock (1971)17-Jan ! Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) (1957) 17-Jan ! 1Paul Young (1956) 17-Jan ! Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (1948) 17-Jan ! Jonathan Davis (Korn) (1971)18-Jan ! Sawai Gandharva 19-Jan ! Jayanthi Kumaresh 19-Jan ! Dewey Bunnell (America) (1952) 19-Jan ! Dolly Parton (1946) 19-Jan ! Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) (1979)20-Jan ! Ian Hill (Judas Priest) (1958) 20-Jan ! Paul Stanley (Kiss) (1952) 20-Jan ! Sanjay Subrahmanyan 21-Jan ! Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) (1976)21-Jan !Billy Ocean (1950) 21-Jan ! Placido Domingo (1941) 21-Jan ! Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses) (1965) 22-Jan ! Steve Perry (Journey) (1949) 22-Jan ! Earl Falconer (UB40) (1959) 23-Jan ! Kuldip Sood 24-Jan ! Onkar Nath Thakur 24-Jan ! Rekha Vishal 24-Jan ! Neil Diamond (1941) 24-Jan ! Kavita Krishnamurti 25-Jan ! Alicia Keys (1981) 25-Jan ! Richard Finch (KC & The Sunshine Band) (1954)25-Jan ! Falguni Seth 26-Jan ! Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (1963) 26-Jan ! Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) (1955) 26-Jan ! Chetanya Padukone 27-Jan ! Preety (Preety – Pinky) 27-Jan ! Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (1945) 27-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Suman Kalyanpur 28-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Ajay Pohankar 28-Jan ! Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) (1980) 28-Jan ! Sarah McLachlan (1968) 28-Jan ! Jonny Lang (1981)29-Jan ! Eddie Jackson (Queensr˙che) (1961) 29-Jan ! Gajananrao Joshi 30-Jan ! Phil Collins (1951) 30-Jan ! Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) (1981) 31-Jan ! John Lydon (Sex Pistols/P.I.L.) (1956) 31-Jan ! ! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

Orange Festival 2018 concludes on a High Note!

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.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

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.