India’s music ambassador?

Musician Raghav Sachar to represent country’s arts through performance at a high profile international business event.
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Updated on Jan 29, 2011 02:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySerena Menon, Mumbai

Thirty-year-old music prodigy Raghav Sachar had not expected his association with the current Minister Of Urban Development, Kamal Nath, to go this far.

But his last meeting with him earned the artiste a performance at the International Platform of Davos Gold Economic Forum. “I feel like an ambassador of the music community and of India,” says Sachar, who found himself the opportunity by sheer chance. “I went to meet him for some other work, and he asked me if I wanted to perform. After which he put in a word.”

The singer-composer-musician will perform to ministerial contingents from various countries including China, US, UK, Switzerland, France, Australia, Canada, Europe and Russia. The line-up includes an instrumental performance and a ramp show, culminating in what he feels is a necessary ingredient in any Indian concert — Bollywood.

He says, “I knew it would be incomplete without some film music, so I created a medley of 14 songs, which I will perform back to back.” An ardent fan of old-Bollywood music, Sachar claims he only does covers of songs by RD Burman and the likes.

“I have some of my own stuff also, but I felt it would be nice to give the audiences this medley presented differently,” explains Sachar, who has mixed hit songs like Mehbooba mehbooba, Dil lena khel hai dildaar ka, Tum kya jaano mohabbat kya hai, Yamma yamma, Laila o laila, Bachna ai haseeno and Om shanti om…

“It will be a 14-minute performance. I plan on taking the crowd to a major high and then handing them over to the DJ,” claims the artiste, who is known to be able to play 32 instruments of various kinds. “It’s difficult carrying all the instruments all the time because they are very expensive. But I will be performing with 10 in this event,” he says. When asked about the combined cost of all his instruments, he laughed. “That is a very tough estimate to make. But let’s just say that if I were to sell all of them, I would be able to buy a huge house in Bandra.”

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