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A marathon with a twist

A marathon with a twist
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This one is a marathon with a twist. For more than two weeks, the city will play host to a cultural fiesta, complete with music and laughter. There will be a musical marathon across genres like sufi, rock, pop, jazz, blues, classic rock to a Pink Floyd solo set and much more with more than 25 renowned artistes going acoustic.

Armageddon, which is what this ‘marathon’ is being called, is the brainchild of Subir Malik — better known as the godfather of rock ‘n’ roll in India.

‘I was thinking of doing something whacky and crazy – something that has not been done before in pubs. And then I thought of going all acoustic and with not one genre or band or artiste but more than 25 artistes who are all about good music and nothing else. You get all the music in these four-five hours of musical marathon. What else could you be asking for!’ says Malik.

The event has a massive line-up of talented artistes. Christopher Powell, Desmond Powell and Timson Thomas from Bandish, Sonam Sherpa and Imran Khan from Parikrama — they are going to be there to make it all the more musical.

There are more in the form of Dina Ralte, Harpreet Singh, Jasleen Royal, Kunal Dutta, Lisa M. Powell, Manta Sidhu (MAP), Parvati and Nikhil, Pragnya Wakhlu, Shantanu Pundit and Sushmit Bose.

The major gig to look out for is the one man tribute to Pink Floyd by Rohit Kulkarni — the lead guitarist and vocalist of Think Floyd. ‘I will be playing five of Floyd’s songs, one track will be electric as acoustic doesn’t always do justice to certain tracks,’ says Kulkarni.

There will also be members of bands like Heavens Down and Advaita playing at the event. ‘We’ll be playing our tunes which would be converted into acoustics. We generally don’t play acoustic. All our music is generally electric. The concept of more than 25 artistes coming together on one platform is a concept no one other than Malik could have come up with. Hats off to him to be able to manage such an event,’ says Suhail Yusuf Khan of Advaita.

‘I’ll be playing three tracks — two covers and one original. The main highlight, playing acoustic, is something I have since long wanted to do. To play all the electric songs in acoustic is going to be a major challenge but equally fun,’ says Joshua Queah of Heavens Down.

Watch out for singer and songwriter Nishtha Lama who will play her original numbers and a cover.

For music lovers, this is one fest that one should not miss out on.


SCHEDULE:

14 July: Acoustic Jam; 9pm onwards

15, 22, 29 July: Comedy night; 9 pm onwards

16, 23 July: Beer Chugg Olympics; 6 pm onwards

18, 25, 26 July: Karaoke Nights and House of Rock Night; 9pm onwards

19 July: Karaoke Nights; 9 pm onwards

20 July, 27 July: Commercial Night with DJ Parth; 9pm onwards

21 July: Live Music Night with Nasha; 9pm onwards

28 July: Electronica Live with Srijan Mahajan; Commercial Night with DJ Aashish Nagpal; 9 pm onwards
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