Kala Ghoda Music Festival
The performing arts schedule for Mumbai’s annual street festival may look overwhelming, but thanks to the wide variety of musical genres represented, you can pick and choose which concerts to attend.
Who’s playing: The festival will open with Harshi Anand (5 February, 6.30pm) at Café Samovar, who will perform “Bhule Bisre Ipta (Indian People’s Theatre Association)” songs. Sunidhi Chauhan (6 February, 8.30pm) and Sonu Niigaam (13 February, 7.30pm), both at the Asiatic Steps, may be the headliners here, but the acts span a musical range far beyond Bollywood’s confines. For example, The Amit Chaudhuri Band brings Indian classical music fused with jazz, blues and rock, (11 February, 7pm, Horniman Circle Garden).
6.30pm onwards. Venues vary. For details, log on to www.kalaghodaassociation.com
Baajaa Gaajaa, an open-for-all, independent music festival floated by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan’s Underscore Records is now in its third year. The musical performances may be the crowd-pullers, but with seminars, workshops and film screenings that involve artistes, researchers and performers from all over the world, it promises to be a full-scale musical immersion.
Who’s playing: Papon and the East India Company (with Niladri Kumar), Hariharan and Suresh Wadkar, among others.
11am onwards. Ishanya mall, off Airport Road, Yerawada, Pune. For details, log on to www.baajaagaajaa.com
Mahindra Blues Festival
A historic genre, showcased at a historic venue—both firsts for Mumbai in the first year of the Mahindra Blues Festival. The organizers say that in America, “blues became the vocabulary of people who did not get their lives on a silver platter, those who were disenfranchised, those who had to endure strife and suffering…when we were deciding on the city for the festival, it was obvious that the Blues belonged to Mumbai.”
Who’s playing: Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Matt Schofield, Shemekia Copeland, among others.
Mehboob Studios, Bandra, Mumbai. Tickets, Rs2,000 and Rs3,000. For details and tickets, log on to www.mahindrablues.com