“The most interesting part was to watch Sohan band musicians record as it was the first time they actually used a microphone,” remarks Sukhmani of the Hari & Sukhmani duo who inundated the music world with their song, Challa that premiered on the second season of MTV Coke Studio.
When Hari & Sukhmani were clubbed with seemingly an incongruous counterpart, Sohan Band which happens to be a premiere Delhi wedding band and have featured on India’s Got Talent, ears definitely pricked up. Out of the ordinary experiences were not only restricted to the duo, as it included the likes of Advaita, Lucky Ali, Parikrama, Midival Punditz, Ranjit Barot, Avial and several others.
Starting next Thursday, watch these popular artistes embark on a journey -- geographic and musical -- discovering and collaborating with exceptional talent in remote corners of the country on Fox Traveller. An initiative of BlueFrog, the popular music hub, these series are an evolution from the BlueFrog diaries that was available on YouTube.
Mahesh Mathai, BlueFrog Chairman and Creative Head apprises, “This show is a collaboration between travel and music featuring 18 artistes where each journey involves sights, sounds, locale and food leading to a musical collaboration of the known artiste with his/her folk counterpart through improvisation.”
High on the experiential as well as variety quotient, Sukhmani reveals, “First of all, we shot in Delhi, and we live in Delhi. So there were not too many new experiences. The highlight of the shoot was that we went riding on our bikes and went about meeting our fellow artistes.
It was interesting to see where they live and to share their experiences.” Mathai from BlueFrog who is also a filmmaker adds, “It is a feast of Popular, Folk, Blues, Electronic, Traditional and Modern music.” The Folk artistes featured also come from diverse backgrounds including choir singers, bandwallahs and traditional Folk musicians.” Before the show kicks off on television, catch Ankur Tewari known for his acoustic-based numbers as well as Hari & Sukhmani perform for the pre-launch of the show today.