Get set for folk and fusion music fest this weekend in Mumbai..
Renowned singers to perform at ‘Paddy Fields’ organised by Nesco events at Goregaon.
by Suman Gupta
The season 2 of Paddy Fields organised by Nesco events at Nesco would see a wide variety of performances by renowned singers entertaining the music lovers on October 7 and 8. The festival that focuses on folk and fusion music salutes women performers and propels folklore into the limelight. With an exclusive line-up of India’s top most women folk and fusion artists it creates a platform for the talented women story tellers in our country to take center stage. This exclusive festival has created a platform for talented artists across rural and urban India.
As an added and exciting feature this year it will feature specially curated songs including Khasi Blues, Bhojpuri, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Punjab. Meghalaya, Assam and Delhi. While Sonam Kalra, Susheela Raman, Sunita Bhuyan, Nooran Sisters would be performing on October 7, 6 pm onwards, it would be Shubha Mudgal, Kalpana Patowary, Tipriti Kharbhangar and Sona Mohapatra to entertain the music lovers on October 8, Sunday. The event focuses on massive revival of soul music and promises to take the genre of folk music to a new level by giving regional musicians and artists a larger platform. It also offers a heady mix of fusion giving the festival a modern-day context.
Mumbai based Assamese violinist Sunita Bhuyan known for playing Bihu said, “I am really excited to perform at paddyfelds this years. It is an honor to perform with the great list of women singers. Folk is mostly termed to be more played by the male and not females, so this will change the complete perspective with women performing folk music. I am really happy that a lot of importance is now given to the folk music and looking forward for the event.”
Shubha Mugdal, Padma Shri awardee singer and composer said, “This event is a great platform for the known star singers in metro cities and folk singers to perform on the same platform. We have very talented folk singers in remote areas of the country and listening to them is a treat. I am happy that such an event is being initiated by Nesco in Mumbai.”
Paddy Fields 2016
To the drumbeat of Folk & Fusion music, Paddy Fields arrived in 2016 with the energy that cannot be forgotten and deserves to be recreated. The singers, Colonial cousins, Salim Sulaiman, Gangadhar and Tulika and many more had set the paddy fields on fire in 2016, focusing on promoting the fusion and folk music around the globe.
While the inaugural event of Paddy Field went on to carve its space in history as India’s most popular Folk and Fusion Music Festival, this would be again for the first time in the history where eight of the top women folk and fusion performers take this unique genre of music to the next level .
Dibakar Chatterjee, CEO of Nesco Ltd added, “We are delighted in bringing folk and fusion music to an even larger audience this year. Folk and fusion music is growing in popularity and Paddy Fields continues with its pioneering efforts in spurring this revolutionary music trend.”
Anupama Bhalla, VP Sales and Marketing at Nesco ltd said, “Women, over generations have been strong contributors to the tradition of folk music. They have been instrumental in bringing about social and cultural change and in doing so have also added to the richness of this genre. Added to this are their powerful voices that have enthralled music aficionadas. Paddy Fields salutes these talented women and brings them together on one platform this year. It aims to highlight folk and fusion music from various cultures across the nation, while celebrating the diversity of music and captures the spirit of artists hailing from different parts of the country.”
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