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World’s favourite Lungiman

Folk rocker Raghu Dixit’s producing a musical for UK, to perform at Glastonbury.

music Updated: May 16, 2011 14:23 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Folk rocker Raghu Dixit will launch his theatrical career with a UK musical. Producing the project along with English-folk band Bellowhead and Kathak dancer Gauri Sharma, the untitled theatrical experiment will be staged next year. “We have already started the production. Currently, we are finalising the story, which will have references from the Panchtantra and Chanda Mama,” reveals Dixit.

His band, Raghu Dixit Project, has already performed at the WOMAD festival (UK) and over the next three months, he will return to play at festivals like Glastonbury, Rhythms of the World, Latitude, Belladrum, The Big Weekend, Summer Sundae and Standon Calling, all in the UK. “In western nations, which have a strong Indian connect, listeners come looking for music that is authentically Indian, but also has a contemporary sound,” says Dixit. At Glastonbury, he will be playing three days back-to-back including the John Peel stage, where punters come to talent scout.

He will also be receiving his Songlines Award for the Best Newcomer, which was announced a month ago, at Latitude. “They asked me whom I wanted to receive the award from. I made my wishlist of Sting, Robert Plant and Peter Gabriel. That would be the real prize,” Dixit beams, minutes after performing Hey Bhagwan… at the ongoing shoot of MTV's Coke Studio in the city.

Dressed in his trademark lungi, kurta and ghungroos, Dixit describes his plan for the coming year. “I think it is time to go multi-lingual now. My second album will have songs in Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and even Bengali. I take my role of an Indian folk musician overseas very seriously. I am trying to imbibe that diversity in my music,” says Dixit, who is working on perfecting his vocal phonetics in regional languages.

Simple serenades are a challenge. More so when they are akin to folklore. That’s a chord-code, self-styled musician Raghu Dixit has been performing by. “Simplicity in sound is very important to me and maybe that is why I want to retain that in my next album,” says Dixit, describing his new sound. esides alternative, the musician is also going mainstream.

After his debut with the title track of 2009’s Quick Gun Murugan, the artiste has also given music for Y-Film’s forthcoming movie Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. Gypsy folkrocker is excited, “I will be singing a song in the movie as well.”

Raghu Dixit’s recent International Gigs
Headlined WOMAD, UK
Featured on UK’s Jools Holland Show.
Performed at Southbank Center’s Alchemy festival with Gauri Sharma and English folk band Bellowhead.
Also toured USA, including a gig at Canadian Music Week.