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High notes of 2010

The year 2010 was a great year for music lovers. Young musicians made great music, the best of national and international musicians came together and first-time music festivals got everyone grooving. Here’s looking at events/gigs that didn’t miss the buzz.

music Updated: Dec 31, 2010 01:55 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

The year 2010 was a great year for music lovers. Young musicians made great music, the best of national and international musicians came together and first-time music festivals got everyone grooving. Here’s looking at events/gigs that didn’t miss the buzz:

Global Indian Music Awards
The debut outing of India’s first music awards was a stupendous success. Though a Bollywood-heavy affair, it managed to get the Hindustani classical clan excited. With the legendary Asha Bhonsle at the helm, the evening proved to be high on energy. The one GIMA performance that will resound in many a heart: actor Saif Ali Khan and composer Pritam Chakraborty strumming Yeh Dooriyan from Love Aaj Kal.

Indian Music Conference
A great initiative to unite the industry, this one-of-its-kind four-day extravaganza was held in Goa this November. A solid platform for budding music talent to meet honchos who run the show, IMC has what it takes to become a musical haven of sorts.

Besides sundowner gigs by many renowned independent artistes (read bands, solo performers, DJs et al) in the country, there were workshops educating all and sundry about several nuances of the music-making business. So while Mrigya’s Sharat Chandra Shrivastava held a session on raga, members of Kolkata-based rock collective, Pink Noise shared with enthusiasts how to pioneer the art of songwriting.

Music engineer Ashish Manchanda said, “Had the organisers publicised it better, IMC would’ve been noticed. It is a good initiative but needs the right push,” he said.

NH7 Weekender
So what if Ladakh Confluence couldn’t pump up the volume this year, Pune got to savour mega doses of musical magnetism. Through the very first Weekender, music buffs got a chance to groove to top independent Indian musicians. Ankur & the Ghalat Family, Shaa’ir & Func, Susheela Raman and The Raghu Dixit Project were the festival favourites.

Hits
1 Return of the item number? 2010 will certainly be remembered as the year of uber-sexy item songs. All thanks to Sajid-Wajid and Vishal-Shekhar for Munni and Sheila.

2 Hay, guys! The Week Hay Festival in Thiruvananthapuram, the audience was left dumfounded when Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof was joined by rock icon Sting on stage (right).

3 In memoriam: Members of Delhi-based folk/rock act Indian Ocean paid a heart-warming tribute to their late bandmate, Asheem Chakravarty, as they jammed up a storm with Rabbi Shergill.

4 The rise of young Turks — Suraj Jagan (3 Idiots), Nikhil D'Souza (Aisha), Alyssa Mendonca (Karthik Calling Karthik), Monica Dogra (Break Ke Baad) and Aditi Sharma (No One Killed Jessica).

Misses
1 Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a man of many talents. Just that music composition isn’t one of them. After the debacle of Saawariya, his turning a composer with Hrithik-Ash starrer Guzaarish raised a few eyebrows.
2 Apni toh jaise taise (Dhanno mix) from Housefull lacked the class the Laawaris’ original hit boasted of.