Music and Discourse

When India Music Week was held for the first time last year in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, it joined a consistently growing list of music festivals in the country. Over 40 artistes — many of the most popular Indian musicians on the circuit and a handful of international ones — played at various venues in the three cities. Playing to an audience that is becoming increasingly appreciative of talent in the Indian indie music circuit, most of these gigs were very well-received.

On November 21, its second edition will kick off. As in the first edition, gigs will be held in some of the most popular clubs and bars in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai over the five days of the festival. The one aspect of the event that set it apart from most other festivals in the country will be retained — proceedings will begin with a two-day conference in Delhi comprising panel discussions and workshops that are open to the public. "The idea is to generate a unique experience in a language people can understand," says Vibhu Sharma, festival coordinator, on the purpose of holding these discussions and workshops.

Some of the best known names from the music industry in India will conduct and be part of the panel discussions that will be held on November 21 and 22 at Blue Frog in Delhi. They will, however, also be accompanied by a number of participants from around the world. "This gives you the opportunity to meet people you would otherwise only hear about," says Anup Kutty of the Delhi-based band Menwhopause. Jishnu Dasgupta of the Bengaluru-based band Swarathma, who will feature as a panelist this year, believes the conference is an important aspect of the festival. "It's one factor that has been overlooked in the last few years," he says, adding, "It helps foster new ideas and creates a scene where people can learn from each other."

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