Not too long ago, music in Delhi was synonymous with bhangra. Though it still rocks, jazz, blues, Sufi and rock too have made inroads in the live music scene of the city.
Spoilt for choice
Delhi now hosts three-four live soirees every week for various genres of music. And Pub Rock fest, Jahan-e-Khusrau, the Qutub festival and Jazz Yatra are only a few examples of the city’s active music scene. Says Amit Saigal, editor of Rock Street Journal that has been organising rock concerts across India for over a decade, “Unlike today, earlier one club gig per month was all we had and I had to call my friends to fill the venue.
Today, 15-20 club gigs happen every month and they all get a big audience.”
More the merrier
It’s not just the fast-paced music but even the classical variety that has gone up the popularity charts.
Feels Sanjeev Bhargava of Se her, which organises Bhakti Utsav, Qutub festival, etc, “A few years ago, classical musici ans dreaded Delhi as some felt that cro wd came only to socialise. But now, the biggest of them agree to play here.”
And people from all age groups are loving it. So, we have classical musicians are attempting fusion and other forms to a full house.
Bringing up Delhi
Until recently, Mumbai and Bangalore were the preferred music destinations. But now, as says Vijay Nair of Only Much Louder (a Mumbai-based company that organises concerts), “Indian bands want to play in Delhi as it has a great audience.” Agrees Jayshree Singh, of Kolkata band, Skinny Alley that performed here recently, “Delhi is ushering in a rock revolution.” Recently, the city also saw the launch of the first Blues Club of India.
But a few glitches remain, like “licenses, permissions and requests for free passes,” says Nair, adding, “If that changes, Delhi will become a favourite for international biggies too.” The party’s just begun, folks!