The Indian Music Experience, India’s first interactive music museum, had itsgrand launch on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Dignitaries present on the occasion were Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri. Sadananda Gowda, other guests in attendance included former external affairs minister Shri. S.M. Krishna, Bangalore South MP Shri.Tejasvi Surya, Founding Executive Director Grammy Museum Los Angles Mr. Robert Santelli, and Hon’ble MLA Bommanahalli Shri M. Satish Reddy.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. M. R.Jaishankar, Chairman and Managing Director of Brigade Groupand Founder of IME said, “The grand launch of the IME is a culmination of nearly a decade of effort to set up a truly world-class museum and arts centre in India. We are hopeful that the IME will grow to become a pre-eminent arts hub of the country and preserve and propagate India’s rich cultural heritage to the next generation.”
Located in JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore, within the Brigade Millennium Enclave, the Indian Music Experience (IME), India’s first interactive music museum, is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, developed by the Brigade Group with the support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Government of Karnataka, several corporates and philanthropists. The IME 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 computer-based interactive installations that allow the visitor to experience the process of music-making. 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 performance spaces such as a rooftop amphitheatre, a performance theatre and a seminar hall. The IME hosts a variety of public programs such as music concerts, talks, workshops, seminars, summer camps and others.
Talking about IME, Museum Director and classical vocalist Ms. Manasi Prasad said, “The performing arts teach us to create, communicate and collaborate. India has the most diverse musical culture in the entire world and the museum celebrates this. Going forward, the IME aims to be a centre of music education and research, providing a platform for artistes and art lovers to experience music.”
Speaking on the launch of IME, Director-outreach and Veena exponent, DrSuma Sudhindra said, “Generations of people who will walk through the IME Galleries will be thankful to the vision and hard work of the extraordinary people who have worked tirelessly to make this Museum happen. This is a Museum for people who love Indian Music. This is an experience to share the voice of Indian Music with the Globe. This is a dream come true day for IME.” The Launch was followed by a concert featuring tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and jazz legend Louiz Banks. Zakir Hussain also presented a set of his tablas to the museum for display.
The music concert featured a set of compositions specially curated for the event by Louiz Banks. Apartfrom Hussain and Banks, the performance featured drummer Gino Banks, Bass player Sheldon D’silva and guitarist Sanjay Divecha. The event was attended by over 2000 invitees and music connoisseurs.
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.