Bollywood Music Project is Asia’s largest music concert featuring Bollywood songs and performances. It took place in Mumbai and Delhi, and this was its second season. The main attraction of the event is that it features more than the absolutely mainstream Bollywood tracks that you hear in clubs every day. The music festival focuses on not just bringing all the colours of Bollywood in front of the crowd but also features screenings, performances and activities for the audience.
Since it’s a Bollywood based festival, it takes a person through the ages and shades of Bollywood music culture covering all the decades of the evolution of this particular genre of music, taking you on a journey through old hindi songs from the times of your grandparents, parents and the current generation.
Stars of Bollywood like A. R. Rahman, Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh, Hariharan, Papon and young blood of Bollywood music like Badshah, Hard Kaur, Divine also featured.
Rise of underground rap
Rap in India has always been about the Punjabi rap that is found in many of the Bollywood movies since many years, with artists like Honey Singh and Badshah, along with some less mainstream artists like Bohemia, Hardy Sandhu, and Hard Kaur. But since the past two to three years, attentive music fans have noticed an uprising in the Indian rap scene of underground rap artists who chose to go a different way and project a different vibe. The best examples of this would be Divine, Naezy, PrabhDeep, and Raja Kumari. These artists have more of the “off the streets” attitude and rap about life in inner cities and the “gullies” of Mumbai, more relatable to the average Indian. Due to this rise, the Indian rap scene has become richer and more diverse.
Global Citizen Festival
Very few artists in the world today draw heads and hands up as much as Coldplay, the alternative rock group. Fortunately for their fans in India, Coldplay featured in Global Citizen Festival in India with its frontman and vocalist Chris Martin leaving the crowd elevated.
But that is not all! Legends like Jay Z , Demi Lovato and the Vamps also performed for the 70,000 plus crowd.
The event happened in Mumbai at the huge MMRDA grounds in late 2016. The event is meant to bring the voices of youth of the country in front of politicians, celebrities, businessmen and other influential personalities on issues that bother the country today: education, cleanliness and sanitation, and gender equality. The event was successful in raising a huge amount for these purposes.
One of the oldest and globally known music festivals in India, NH7 Weekender, started in Pune in 2010 and still going on in cities like Shillong and Bangalore, along with Pune itself is an absolute blast. NH7 has always been a platform for indie and alternative music in India along with some mainstream rising stars. It can be credited with making the music festival culture big in India.
Because it is such a big phenomenon, it regularly features foreign artists like Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree fame), Steve Vai, Megadeth, Cigarettes After Sex, Textures, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Not falling back on the Indian music scene, it features upcoming indie artists like Divine, Anoushka Shankar, Vir Das’s Alien Chutney, Prateek Kuhad, Underground Authority, Undying Inc.
The best thing about NH7 is its featuring of alternative modern rock and metal artists along with EDM and hip-hop.
Online music streaming
Due to apps like Saavn and few others, it is now much easier to promote and explore new and exciting music. Many artists can use it as a platform to promote their new or debut albums to a listener base of millions. Users can also explore new music on the go through the internet and listen to it for free legally. Users can also subscribe to the app to get a wide range of benefits along with music.
It has also become easier to maintain playlists, and add new music to phone by the song download option. The automated recommendations that the app displays can also help listeners who aren’t quite sure of what they’re looking for. It has led to a lot of people listening to different music and explore new artists and albums than before.
One more in the list of gigantic music festivals spanning all genres is VH1 Supersonic, which took place in Pune earlier this year, with the city becoming more and more the capital of modern contemporary music festivals in India. VH1 Supersonic started in 2013 on sandy beaches in Goa and now has spread to many cities in India. The main attractions were Marshmallow and Major Laser, the global sensations in electronic dance music, along with Incubus and Alt-J who brought a nice contrast to the event with their quintessentially English alternative rock vibe. Dillon Francis and Joseph Capriati were also big names for the event. In the past it has featured artists like Macklemore, Eric Prydz and Seven Lions.
On the India front, Nucleya and Pentagram featured along with upcoming artists like The Bombay Bassment, The Ska Vengers, Vachan Chinnappa, Parekh & Singh, and Kohra.
Bira 91 April Fools’ Fest
This festival was held at NSIC grounds in New Delhi at the end of March/start of April. It was named appropriately to its day and featured a superb line-up. It focused on experimental music and created an atmosphere of indie and contemporary Indian music.
It featured the artist known for his smashing and quirky beats: Nucleya, and two of the pioneers of rising Mumbai rap scene Divine, and Raja Kumari.
Other than these stalwarts, hip-hop and contemporary artists like MadStarBase, PrabhDeep, LushLife performed among many.
Adding to them, DJ Ishani, a leading female DJ performed. Globally known DJ Uri and DJ MoCity also featured.
As the event was on April Fools’ day, humour was in play. Popular comedians like Sumukhi Suresh, Aditi Mittal, Anu Menon, Atul Khatri, and Sahil Shah also performed.