On the heels of World Music Day (June 21), Hyderabad’s cultural venues are all out to celebrate the spirit of the occasion on Sunday, June 23. Fête de la Musique 2019 (World Music Day Celebrations 2019), will be spread across 14 venues and feature more than 200 musicians.
Alliance Francaise has been celebrating the day in Hyderabad for nearly 35 years. In 2006, Goethe Zentrum joined hands. Soon, other cultural organisations and venues came on board. The event has grown bigger, drawing more performers and music lovers to its fold.
Fête de la Musique builds on the idea with which it all began in Paris in 1982. World Music Day encourages performers to play music in their neighbourhoods or public spaces where music lovers can gather. It marks a celebratory mood, where both amateur and professional musicians perform in public spaces, bound by the theme ‘Faites de la musique’ (Make music). The celebrations coincide with mid-summer solstice and all concerts/events are conducted free of charge.
Amita Desai of Goethe Zentrum remembers, “It’s been more than a decade since we joined the celebrations, and the form the event has taken in recent years is exciting. It represents the true spirit of Fête de la Musique — of having music events all across the city for the day. We’ve observed that many music lovers attend events at more than one venue.”
There’s a wide platter for music lovers to choose from — vocal and instrumental performances across folk, Indian classical, western classical, hip-hop, fusion, and more. Goethe Zentrum will feature performers representing Carnatic classical, Carnatic fusion, Western classical, pop, jazz, beat boxing, Sufi and hip hop.
At Alliance Francaise, listen in to Ramavarapu Madhuri Devi on veena, Ravindra Tejasvi on mridangam, Vishnubhotla Vijaykumar on flute and Anirudh Sharma on tabla, among many other ensemble performers. The event will also feature emerging musicians aged 10 to 14.
At Phoenix Arena, the band Axial Paroxysm will play progressive rock. The venue will also be hosting performances by Clayton and Shirley of Les Chanteurs, the all-girl band Treble Makers, an emerging band called Forthcoming, hip hop by The Mutants, country and western music by Heart Beats.
Independent of Fête de la Musique, on June 22, Olive Bistro will host a musical evening ‘Thewholeshebang Live x nrtya’, featuring Aditi Ramesh and UK band Raga Garage. States Aditi, “We will be playing songs from my new EP Leftovers, along with some new and unreleased pieces, through which we explore jazz and R&B through Carnatic ragas.” She will be accompanied by Ishan Jadwani on drums, Bijit Bhattacharya on bass and Anthony Cammarota on guitar. Meanwhile, Raga Garage is a collaboration between violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and British violinist Robert Atchison. Their music is a blend of Carnatic and European classical. Raga Garage has Shadrach Solomon on keyboard and Karthik Mani on drums.