Delhi on a musical high

Delhi on a musical high

Delhi was the hottest destination for various international artistes last year (2012) as they came flocking in huge numbers. From Pitbull to Enrique Iglesias, from Sean Paul to Gun N’ Roses, from DJs’ Afrojack to David Guetta and singer Lady Gaga...the list just goes on. And this year too was no different. 

As the countdown begins for 2014, plans are already afoot to welcome the new year with some great shows and more partying. Even 2013, on its part, was packed with some great national and international music shows which gave keen music lovers a lot to shake a leg or two. The Indian music fan had good reason to cheer with more and more international acts coming to India. Delhi in particular, became the hotspot for numerous singers from ‘foreign lands’.

Delhi had its flashbulb moments yet again as international celebrities and musicians lined up to land in India, entertain the audience and soak up the adulation and fan frenzy.

Starting with Avicii, the creator of stupendous hits such as ‘Le7els’, ‘Bromance’ and ‘Silhouettes’, this international artist extraordinaire paid a visit to Delhi and made the dance floor rock. Along with him, another electronic music artiste and DJ Zedd too made his first India tour, which turned out to be fantastic experience for him and his audience.

Bacardi NH7 Weekender’ 13, the happiest music festival also got onboard some of the finest singers from India and abroad. From Kailasa to Lucky Ali, from Michal Menert to Sandunes, the festival took the musical experience to another level.

Colleges too were not far behind. Giving a thumping start to the Indian Institute of Technology’s festival Rendezvous 2013, the 2010 Grammy-nominated Taiwanese group Ten Drum Percussion from Taiwan, unleashed a thundering act, driving the crowd crazy. The troupe that left all mesmerised had earlier performed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. It was also  nominated for the ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ for 2010 Grammy awards.

Apart from international names, Delhi also saw some of the mesmerising performance from the classical musicians fraternity. Haveli concert was surely a once-in-a-lifetime concert and Delhiites enjoyed it thoroughly. In a never-before-seen performance 13 artistes came together from different parts of India to recreate the bygone era of Haveli baithaks. With chandeliers, jharokhas, low seating and light effects – the concert saw the use of piano, drums, saxophone and a guitar besides tabla, sarangi, violin, khartal, kamiacha, sitar and an Odissi recital – all together on one platform! 

International classical sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar too performed at a music concert in Delhi.

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