Music for all

On World Music Day, the city will host a variety of music performances, from regional songs to Bollywood as well as international tracks. Entries to all venues will be free

As musicians of the world come together to celebrate World Music Day on Saturday,  Pune isn’t far behind. From venue performances and multiplex jamming sessions to street concerts, musicians in the city are all set to entertain Punekars as part of La Fête de la Musique 2014, an international event which coincides with the World Music Day on June 21.

Fans enjoying music during a performance
Fans enjoying music during a performance. Representative pic

The Pune chapter of the world-famous festival will be organised at various parts of the city and will be hosting free concerts and performances for all age groups featuring local as well as international artistes.

DJ Regge
DJ Regge

What’s it about?
La Fête de la Musique is an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, South Africa and Australia among others. The first Fête de la Musique was launched way back in 1982 with the idea of bringing people together to make or to enjoy music. Since 2013, the Pune Municipal Corporation has been enthusiastically involved in the festival, and will organise music performances at historical monuments, shopping malls as well as restaurants and pubs, free of any charge.

A group of student musicians will perform in the Féte de La Musique 2014
A group of student musicians will perform in the Féte de La Musique 2014

Bollywood meets Western
At Amanora Town Centre, seven student from Max Mueller Bhavan, one of the organising partners, artistes will perform a special segment of peppy tracks from Bollywood and a potpourri of western as well as regional music as a part of the celebrations. Rahul Chand, one of the artistes, who will be playing at the event says, “This is the first time we are playing together as a band and that too, to celebrate the World Music Day. So, we are excited. We have planned an array of Bollywood songs along with some international hits by Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias and a couple of German songs, to add an international prospective.” Joining them, a few kilometers away are students from Alliance Francaise (also an organising partner) and Kala Chhaya.

The celebrations will also see performances by a few popular Bollywood artistes from Mumbai and Pune including Michael Pereira, Chris Fonceca, Jackie Pannicker, Troy Damerun, Keshav, Denzil Fernandes and Sanjeev Pandkar at Koregaon Park, along with impromptu concerts across the city including cultural heritage sites like Vishrambaug Wada and Shanivar Wada. Some of the other performers include EDM artistes DJ Sheikh of Swing and DJ Reggae and Rahul Chand and Team.

Event schedule

5 pm to 6 pm: Saatvick at Vishrambaug Wada
6 pm to 7.30 pm: Max Mueller Bhavan students at Amanora Town Centre
6 pm to 7 pm: Alliance Française students and Kala Chhaya  students at Kala Chhaya campus
7 pm to 7.30 pm: Altered Theory Rock band at Kala Chhaya campus
7 pm to 8 pm: I am Bliss popular Garage band at Shanivar Wada
7.30 pm onwards: Classical and Fusion violinist, Avinash at Momo Café, Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre.
8.00 pm onwards: DJ Sheikh of Swing, Stone Water Grill.
8.30 pm onwards: Musicians from Pune and Mumbai at The High Spirits.
9:00 pm onwards: DJ Regge at Fishbowl, Hyatt Pune, Kalyani Nagar.

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