The Indian Ocean World Music Show got off to an enthusiastic start at the Gomhoria Theatre in Cairo on Monday, as part of the ongoing India by the Nile 2016 festival in Egypt. India’s Ambassador there, Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Egyptian singer Eman Iman Al Baher Darwish inaugurated the show.
The festival, organised by The Embassy of India in Egypt in collaboration with Teamwork Arts, is a celebration of Indian music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and wellbeing.
Indian Ocean, the Indian rock band known for its soul-stirring fusion music, came to Egypt to fill the hearts with the beauty of music that gives a divine feeling. The band will also perform at Ismailia on April 28; and at Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria on April 30. Indian Ocean fuses raga (traditional Indian tunes) with rock music, guitars and drums, sometimes using Indian folk songs, and gives a soulful rendition.
Music critics describe it as ‘Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates sufism, shlokas (Indian epic verses), environmentalism, mythology and revolution’.
The band has released five albums and has contributed music to several Bollywood films as well. The band’s landmark release came in the year 2000 in the form of the album Kandisa which cemented Indian Ocean’s presence in the non-Bollywood music industry and the band gained widespread attention and acclaim.