Pune's big, fat weekend gig

Updated: Dec 07, 2016, 15:26 IST | Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya |

The best voices, gigs and bands to catch as NH7 Weekender heads to Pune

Steven Wilson, who enthralled the crowd at the Shillong leg of NH7 Weekender in October, is set to be a showstopper this weekend
Steven Wilson, who enthralled the crowd at the Shillong leg of NH7 Weekender in October, is set to be a showstopper this weekend

Good weather, affordable booze and a host of artistes complete the NH7 Weekender essay. The musical thesis on display will return to Pune for the seventh edition as the spotlight will follow big acts, British singer-songwriter Steven Wilson and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. But some homegrown bands and solo musicians are promising too, and these talented Indie acts shouldn’t be missed. Here’s the lowdown.

Thaikkudam Bridge
Thaikkudam Bridge

Language no bar
Kerala-based band Thaikkudam Bridge upped their ante through a television show called Music Mojo, on Kappa TV, and built their fan base. In fact, they were on the event’s most-wanted list. Formed by cousins Govind and Siddharth Menon, the group borrows from all genres and sing in English as well as Malayalam. Call it a husky, grungy version of Ricky Martin's Livin La Vida Loca or a core Chekele by Avial — it’s on their menu.

Rhythm Shaw
Rhythm Shaw

Dream pop duo
When Rock took lead in the industry, all youngsters wanted to play the guitar and be the star. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nischay Parekh and drummer/music producer Jivraj Singh were born in the same period but wanted to keep Pop alive. Parekh & Singh have an honest, jovial approach to telling stories. Their sound is fresh and pristine.

Parekh & Singh are set to cook up a storm
Parekh & Singh are set to cook up a storm

Born to vocalist Jayashree Singh and bassist Gyan Singh, Jivraj underwent training with Skinny Alley and Pinknoise (their family band, with Amyt Datta on guitar) before experimenting with sounds.

Imphal Talkies during an engaging protest concert
Imphal €ˆTalkies during an engaging protest concert

Parekh’s debut album Ocean pleased many. The duo recently inked an international deal with Peace Frog Records. Watch out for the track I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll.

Rhythm and protest
Rhythm Shaw is a 20-year-old guitarist from Kolkata who can slap, play a melody and add a Classical bend. Shaw’s influences come from Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Carnatic and Metal. Still in his early days, he has worked with AR Rahman and Louiz Banks. Also check out Insrhy Master and Titan.

Imphal Talkies and The Howlers is another band that will turn heads. They are known for their protest music. The track Lullaby became an instant hit three years ago. Most of their work is based on the insurgency and unfair politics in the region.

On: December 2 to 4, 3 pm onwards
At: Life Republic, Kolte-Patil I-VEN Township Limited, Survey No 74, Hinjewadi Phase 2, Marunji.
Log on to: www.insider.in
Cost: Rs 7,750 onwards

How to reach the venue
Life Republic, the integrated township in Hinjewadi, is hosting the event. Board a Volvo bus (from Dadar, Vakola, Kalanagar, Chembur, Sion, Vashi) and alight at Hinjewadi bridge or Wakad. Book a cab from your dropping point to the destination (the autowallahs charge a lot to drive on the highway)

Hotels to stay nearby

Hotel Formule: 1.6 km to venue

Ginger Hotel: 6 km to venue

Fourtune Inn Exotica, Hinjewadi: 6 km to venue

United 21 The Grand: 15.5 km to venue

Sadanand Regency Hotel: 9 km to venue

Other 10 must-attend acts
Underground Authority
Mosko
Shankar Mahadevan
The F16s
Nucleya
Dualist Inquiry
Kanchan Daniel
The Beards
Abish + Kenny
Karsh Kale Collective
Papon

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