Vivid Sydney - Largest festival of lights, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere
Date: 27 May – 13 June 2011.
Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of Sydney’s creative Circular Quay, The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. From giant light sculptures of floating jellyfish and erupting fire installations in Sydney Harbour, to exclusive international music performances and the stunning 3D illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
Ignatius Jones, Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney said, “Vivid Sydney will illuminate the city with creativity and inspiration in ways we have never seen before. We are working with our best and brightest talents in the creative industries, and inviting international creative minds to Sydney to show off what they can do, to swap ideas and most importantly reach out to, the public and electrify us with their creations”.
“At Vivid Sydney, creativity changes everything. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing the Sydney Opera House transformed into a canvas of bright colours and breathtaking images - one of the world’s most famous buildings singing and dancing in a way that few great monuments ever could,” he said.
An astounding line-up of local and international artists, including Bat for Lashes, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Avalanches, Cut Copy, Horse Meat Disco and The Crystal Ark. Legendary jazzman, the ‘Saxophone Colossus’ Sonny Rollins will celebrate his 80th birthday on the Sydney Opera House stage, and renowned British act Spiritualized will perform their magnum opus ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space’ – in its entirety with full choir and orchestra. Vivid Sydney’s pop-up bar, The Sony Lounge, will be set up in the Western Foyers of Sydney Opera House with an ever-changing menu of DJs and a daily radio program on Triple J presented by Belgian brothers 2mManyDjs.
Vivid Sydney will include over 40 stunning light art installations from local and international artists in a free outdoor exhibition where children are encouraged to climb on interactive sculptures and aspiring photographers can put their night camera settings to the test.
Palm Expo 2011/Musicians Expo 2011
June 2-4, 2011, Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Exhibition Complex, Goregaon (E), Mumbai
Jugalbandi: East Meets West in Indian-Jazz Music Concert
Date: 12th June 2011
The Kalavant Center for Music and Dance proudly presents “Jugalbandi” (meaning together), a fusion of Indian classical music and Western jazz music. The ancient yet timeless wealth of Indo-European culture has spread across the globe, and has everywhere dissolved barriers of race, religion, and creed, testifying to the universality of music. Ustad (meaning Maestro) Kadar Khan, founder-director of The Kalavant Center, sees music as a spiritual force. He states, “Our emphasis is on the spiritual way. Music should not be seen from a business aspect, but for devotion with a focus on spirituality, unity, peace and love.”
Jugalbandi will bring together the traditions of Indian classical music and western jazz music. Raga is the melodic language of India, and tala is the rhythmic language of India. Through these melodic and rhythmic languages, the ultimate goal of an Indian classical musician is to bring to life in their audience an experience of a Universal nature. The rhythms and melodies of jazz come from an equally rich and diverse origin. Though these musical traditions are markedly different, in their effort to uplift and engage the spirit the traditions are highly compatible. Jugalbandi will introduce an array of original works composed by Ustad Kadar Khan.
Ustad Kadar Khan comes from a tradition of Indian classical music going back nine generations. Ustad Khan performs and conducts master classes at leading American universities, museums and other cultural institutions. He has accompanied the Grammy- award-winning guitarist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and many other highly gifted musicians.
A diversity of players will make up the band for this innovative concert with Swagata Chakraborty, vocals; Ustad Kadar Khan, tabla; Javed Khan, sitar; Imran Khan, tabla; Premik Russell Tubbs, saxophone and Joe Kaminski, trumpet. The ensemble will also include the violin and piano.
The presenting organization, The Kalavant Center for Music and Dance, was established in June 1997 as a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional music and dance of South Asia, with a special emphasis on Indian classical music. The Kalavant Center provides an active platform for musicians and dancers to work through concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and master classes. More information at: www.Kalavant.org
5th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2011 At Sabah, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is an annual fund raising jazz extravaganza organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) with the support of the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. KKJF 2011 will be held on the 17th & 18th of June 2011 (Friday & Saturday)
KKJF recorded a crowd of over 2,000 people during the 2 night performance in year 2010. The fifth installation of this musical festival promises to be another ground breaking experience with a great line up of local and international artistes. This fund raising event will support various community projects in Sabah. Money raised from the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is used to fund deserving community projects by the Rotary Club Kota Kinabalu – The Clean Water Projects. Some of the rural communities benefited from such initiative includes Kg Sonition, Kg Timbou & Kg Bimbolon, all in interior Sabah.
One of the striking differences about KK Jazz Festival is its line up of artists, which includes international names and highly talented local bands and singers. Acknowledging the immense talent of the people from the Land below the Wind, KKJF serves as a stage in showcasing our local artists. The artists performing this year are AgungBeat, ASEANA Percussion Unit, Benny Lackner Trio, Juzzie Smith, Lucky Octavian, Momain Blues, Spice of Tones, WVC TRiO + 1, Z Yan.
Apart from promoting KK as a tourism destination internationally, the festival has also successfully raised public awareness of the local community towards such popular music genre. With a series of pre-event fringe festival and workshops, the festival is an excellent platform for learning and interaction between the local music enthusiasts and the international artists.
The KK Jazz Festival is now a signature event in the Sabah’s annual calendar of events, and is also a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.
Date: 17 June 2011 - 18 June 2011
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The World Copyright Summit 2011
Date: June 7-8, 2011
Venue: The Square, Brussels, Belgium
Join the world's premier event for all stakeholders involved in the future of the creative industries: Third edition of the World Copyright Summit, on 7-8 June 2011 in Brussels, organised by CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.
Bandish 2011 - Festival of Legendary Composers
This Festival was conceived to highlight, celebrate and cherish the vibrancy and vitality of our heritage. This festival showcases treasured works of great composers such as Amir Khusrau Dehlavi (1253 AD), Raskhan (c. 1541-1603), Rahim (1556 -1627) and other saint-poets and legendary figures such as Miyan Tansen (d. 1589), Sadarang & Adarang (c. 18th century AD), Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835), Papanasam Sivan (1890 – 1973). Their bandishes were presented by eminent artistes such as Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha, Ulhas Kashalkar, Bombay Jayashri, Shekhar Sen and Shujaat Hussain Khan.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 7.00 pm
Composers: Faiyaz Khan of Agra, Inayat Hussain Khan of Rampur - Sahaswan
Artistes: Ghulam Husnain Khan (Raja Miyan), Rashid Khan
Genres: Bada & Chhota Khayal, Tarana
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 7.00 pm
Composers: Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas
Artistes: Shubha Mudgal, Anup Jalota
Genres: Doha, Pad, Bhajan
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 7.00 pm
Composers: Alladiya Khan of Jaipur, Kumar Gandharva
Artistes: Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Vasundhara Komkali
Genres: Bada & Chhota Khayal, Pad
Cinema Today ASIA
The 5th edition of Cinema Today The only kind of its exhibition for the Complete Cinema, Television & Entertainment industry is scheduled for 29, 30 & 31 July 2011 at Chennai Trade Centre, CHENNAI. With the ardent support of the film industry related associations, exhibitors & trade visitors, the show has grown in strength with each passing year to become one of the top events of its kind in the industry. The Expo is a unique business, networking, partnership building and marketing proposition which will throw light on impact of latest technology.
India is the largest film producing country & the second fastest growing economy in the world. Opportunities in India in film, television, radio and new media (technologies like 3D, IPTV, Ultra-HD) are growing. The Indian media and entertainment industry is going through a metamorphosis due to the digitization of content and delivery platforms. With experts predicting that India would emerge the least affected among the countries of the world from the current economic crisis and the sheer size of the market in India make it the place to watch out for in the days to come.
Amsterdam Dance Event announces 2011 dates
Date : 19th - 22nd, October 2011
The sixteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world's leading conference and club festival for electronic music, will take place from the 19th to the 22nd of October 2011. The organisers expect that the four day event will, as in 2010, attract more than 110,000 festival attendees and 2,500 conference delegates from over 60 countries.
Metallica Live In India
Dates to be announced (tentatively Dec 11)
SHREE BABA HARIVALLABH SANGEET SAMMELAN
Pratiyogita: 20-22 December, 2011
Sammelan: 23-25 December, 2011
The Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan is the world’s oldest-known celebration of Indian classical music and recognized as one of the national festivals of music by the government of India. It started in the year 1875 and is held annually at the sacred Samadhi of Sant Harivallabh in Shri Devi Talab, Jalandhar, over a period of four days. This December the event completes 136years of musical excellence and cheering young talent in Hindustani music since then. The event features prominent artists in different strains such as Shehnai, Pakhawaj, table and vocal, among others.
RUHANIYAT-THE ALL INDIA SUFI & MYSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad November - March
Ruhaniyat nationwide Sufi musical festival is organized by cultural organization named Banyan tree. It started in the year 2001, the best of maestros in classical, folk and Sufi music Sufi Qawwals, mystic musicians’ Kabir Panthis and Bauls from all across the world participate in this event. Big names such as Parvathy Baul, Warsi Brothers, Rakesh Bhatt and Vithal Rao have been associated with the festival.
New Delhi - March
Jahan-E-Khusrau, three-day Sufi music festival held in New Delhi to commemorate the death anniversary of the saint Hazrat Amir Khusrau. This festival started by filmmakers Muzaffer Ali which celebrates worldwide talent in Sufi and mystical music. The event is held annually over a period of three days on lawns of Humayun’s tomb. The festival attracts a sharp audience of over 10,000 every year. Azalea ray, Masood Habibi, Saami Brothers, Chand Nizami ,Manjari Chaturvedi and Ustaad Shujaat Hussain khan participated in Jahan-E-Khusrauin 2011
New Delhi October - November
The Qutub festival is held backdrop Qutub Minar, it is organized by Delhi tourism. The event held four three days around sharad purnima and talented performers across the nation in areas of Indian classical and folk music dance contribute. The vibrant festivals exhibit Indian tradition through various forms of music and dance in a historical open –air setting. Well known personalities such as Sonal Mansingh, Ustaad Ahmad Hussain, Guru R.K. and Aruna Narayan Kalehave have been part of this beautiful musical extravaganza.
SANGEET NATAK ACADEMI INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
An extravaganza of dance, theatre and musical arts is organized by the Sangeet Natak Academi at New Delhi. This international music festival is held annually and attracts world renowned exponent of Hindustani classical music to the capital city.
ESCAPE: FESTIVAL OF ART AND MUSIC
Escape the festival of art and music held on the bank of Lake Naukuchiatal it’s a memorable escape into the arts, music and nature. Held annually and has featuring a range of contemporary artistes multiple performances, exhibitions, installations and adventure sports in its short span of three years. This year’s festival included guitar and drum workshops by Amy Dutta and Ranjitbarot, a tattoo convention, fire dancing, yoga and much more apart from a great line-up featuring 97 west, big bang blues, HFT, voodoo child and penalty of other acts that make the trip up worthwhile.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - March
Dhrupad Mela is a five day-long music festival that draws worldwide audience, Honoring one of the oldest traditions of Hindustani classical music and is one of Varanasi’s chief tourist attractions. The festivals is held on the banks Ganges at Tulsi Ghat, renowned classical musician perform dhrupad before mesmerized listeners. Dhrupad mela 2011 saw artistes such as Saeedudin Dagar and the Mallick Brothers performs before a stirred audience.
Ajmer, Rajasthan May - June
The festival of URSis celebrated in the honour Sufi saint Khwaja Moin –Ud-Din Chisti. Held at Dargah Shari annually celebrated over six days. The religious mehfils where qawwals sing dhikr/zikr qawwalis in a large Mehfil-khana packed to its capacity as people of all faith come in as its URS is supposedly a highly spiritual experience for all who attend it.
JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Jaipur, Rajasthan - January
Asia’s largest literary festival which is held in pink city of India is extremely musical as well. The evenings are made musical with different kinds of musical performance that cater to a varied audience for five days of the festival. The festivals not only incorporated the high profile n well known performers but also been players (snake charmer, flutes), bagpipers Shyopat Julia and company, Rajasthani Josh Group, Rapper Omar Bin Musa ,Junoon’s Salman Ahmad Sufi Singer Madan Gopal Singh , Milan Meeri Quwwals, Susheela Raman And Sam Mills among several others this year.
MALWA KABIR YATRA
A musical trail across the heart of India, the Malwa Kabir Yatra, started in 2010,is a moving musical fest that covers eight day features several artistes from all over the country. This year’s journeyed from Ujjain city to Indore and included all-night Satsangs, film screening, and discussions. The well known performancer Mukhtiyar Ali, Hemant Chauhan, Prahlad Tipanya, Parvathy Baul and Bhanwari Devi amongs others, each celebrated the diversity of Kabir’s oral tradition.
KALIDAS SAMAROH: ALL INDIA KALIDASA FESTIVAL
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh - November
A weak-long celebration of classical Sanskrit literature which held annually to tribute the renowned poet-playwright, Kalidas Samaroh is All India Kalidasa festival. It is held at the Kalidasa Akademi in Ujjain. Since 1958 this festival has been a platform for perfomers. Various artists such as Ajay Pohankar, Pandit Ganpati Bhatt and Pandit Ronu Muzumdar in the past year have been featuring in the festival.
Ramtek, Nagpur - November
The Kalidas Festival in Ramtek is by District Collectorate office of Nagpur and MTDC smaller offshoot of the Kalidas Samaroh in Ujjain .The poet’s most famous works were inspired by the city, including Meghadoot. This festival is not only a tribute to him but also to the golden period of Vidharbha legacy. The festival showcases classical dance, music and poetry recitals by famous and held for two days.
SAPTAK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ahmadabad, Gujarat - January
The Saptak (Music Festival) is an annual 13-day classical music event, held in Ahmedabad, India, from the 1st to 13th of January every year, and attended by hundreds of people and entertaining them for over 30 years now. This year festivals saw the stalwarts such Birju maharaj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chourasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Shubha Mugdal who fascinated the audience with performance. The 2011 Saptak festival was dedicated to renowned tabla artistes, and like every year, the programme also included folk music and dance recitals
Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru - December
Jazz Utsav earlier known as Jazz Yatra is a three-day reunion of jazz artistes and enthusiasts every year in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. The festival sees performance by international artists and jazz bands across India, held in selected location across the three cities. This inter-city music fest has seen musicians like Larry Corlton, Murcof, Talvin & Truffaz and the Ranjit Barot group as headlining bands in 2010.
Mumbai, Maharashtra - December
Independence Rock is India's oldest & biggest Rock Music Festival, and has earned the sobriquet Rock Music Festival. The event is a platform which provides fresh talent to gain popularity and later achieve significant success. This annually held festival sees power packed and original rock music. Some of the bands which made to the industry through the events are as Parikrama, Zero, Pentagram, then clones and Motherjane
BASS CAMP FESTIVAL
Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai - October, December
The bass camp festival is quarterly indoor festival, held across five cities. This event is proof of India’ changing and expanding music scene. International and national performers bring in excelling Dubstep and Drum ‘n’ Bass which is lesser known genre of electronic music. The latest edition line-up included an act by UK-based Hospital records artist Nu: Tone
BACARDI NH7 WEEKENDER
The inaugural edition of Barcardi NH7 weekender held in Pune last December, over 50 bands national and international performed. The event witnessed different genre of rock music from metal, hardcore punk and alternative rock to folk and country inspired British indie rock, along with unprompted jams, drum circle, art exhibits and comedy gigs. This multiple stage event saw audience toll crossing the 10,000 mark. Artist featured in included the magic number, the Raghu Dixit project, Asian dub foundation, Swarathma, Susheela Raman and several others.
Pune, Maharashtra - February
An annual music festival organized by Shubha Mugdal and table maestro Aneesh Pradhan is dedicated to the indie music in the country and the essential diversity of Indian music. This event recently completed its successful third year in Pune. The festival included seminars, workshop, exhibitions, and film screenings along with performances. Last February saw a line-up featuring half step down, Hariharan, Niladri Kumar, Satyajit Talwarkar, flamenco guitarist Juan Diago, Papon, the east India Company and many more
SAWAI GANDHARVA SANGEET MAHOTSAV
Pune Maharashtra - December
One of the largest and most sought-after Indian Classical music festivals in India held annually in Pune, Maharashtra since 1953. This three day festival is organized by the disciples of Sawai Gandharva in the honour their Guru Pt. Sawai Gandharva. The event features vocalists, musician, dancers and upcoming artistes as well, usually including concluding with a Thumri recording in Raag Bhairavi ‘Jamuna Ke Teer’ by Pt. Gandharva. Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia(bansuri), Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (veena), Pt. Jasraj (vocal) and Ustad Shakir Khan (sitar) were some of the artistes who performed at the festival in 2010.
POP, BEAT & JAZZ MUSIC FESTIVAL
Panjim, Goa - February
The Kala Academy in Panjim opens its doors to a host of local bands and performers in a three-day long festival in around mid February. The event showcases the diverse range of musical talent such as saxophone, guitar, trumpet, and piano recitals along with vocal and group performance with an prominence to western classical, contemporary and original music unite in different venues around the capital city which is much loved by local and tourists.
Goa - December
Inaugurated in 2007, Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that attracts music tourism in Goa. This three-day Electronic Dance Music Festival is known to give music lovers music by a host of national and international DJs. This year lineup included Ned Shephard, Sultan and Grammy-award winner Paul Van Dyk.
ONE TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The annual One Tree Festivals have provided Indian music fans some of the best concerts in the recent past. A special treat, especially for Blues enthusiasts. This concert brought Buddy Gay down to Mumbai in 2007, and is known for performance by artistes such as Bernard Alison, Joe Bonamassa, The Alan Parsons project, Walter Trout and The Radicals.
AIRTEL BENGALURU HABBA
Every December, the Artistes’ Foundation for Arts (AFFA) organizes the Bengaluru Habba one of the biggest showstoppers on the city’s culture agenda. The event is spread over 24 venues and featuring over 900 artistes. This 17 day fest creates carnival like no other from jazz concert to theatre, the film screenings and displays of visual art. This year’s festival saw performance by jazz band Radha Thomas Quartet, pink noise, carnatic saxophone by Dr Kadri Gopalnath, Odissi recital by Ileana Citaristi, an evening of Kannada theatre and bands like Swarathma, Ekean ministry of Blues.
AN ODE TO THE BLUES
An Ode to the Blues, festival is dedicated to the one and only Robert Johnson through a night of blues. HFT, Blues Conscience, Ministry of Blues, Blues before Sunrise, Ananth Menon of Galeej Gurus and other artistes celebrated 100 years of the blues legend in a festival that was held in the restaurant’s spacious open –air area. The festival was precede by film screening'
FIREFLIES FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC
Bengaluru, Karnataka - February
The Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music is an annual music festival is all-night music festival, set in an open air amphitheatre flanking a lake at the Fireflies Ashram in Bengaluru It was previously known as Bhoomi Jathre. Displaying diverse culture of Indian genres including Hindustani and Carnatic vocals and instrumental, Baul, fusion, western jazz and folk. This annual festival was started in 2006 distinguish itself from the other through a running theme that change every year. The line-up for the 2011 edition, whose theme was food sovereignty, included thermal and a Quarter, something Relevant, Moon Arra, Esperanto with a finale by Kashmiri band Parvaaz.
Kozhikode Kerala - February
Tyagaraja Aradhana is an annual Carnatic music festival held in January and February in Kerala. Many exponents of Carnatic music come to perform choose to sing or play a Tyagaraja Kriti before the festival audience, while professional artistes perform in evenings. In 2011 edition of the festival renowned musician from the south including Mridangam exponent Jayamangala Krishnamurthy, Chennai- based Vishalaxmi Nityanand and flute artiste Kudamalur Janardhanan enthralled the audience.
SOORYA CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - October
Soorya Classical Music & Dance Festival promotes the diversity of Indian dance forms and musical genres. The Soorya Classical music & Dance Festival invites renowned artistes excelling in Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Odissi and Mohiniattam to perform .Hindustani and carnatic music concert are also a part of the festival, and musical legend such as Padma Subramaniam, Lakshmi Gopalaswami and Alarmel Valli have performed here over 10 days in a cultural setting.
NAVARATHRI MANDAP CONCERTS
Thiruvananthapuram Kerala - Sep-oct
This nine day music extravaganza follows a strict schedule and code of conduct-having specific start and end times fixed pieces for each day- and like many temples in Kerala, can only be attended by Hindus. Set against brilliant backdrop of the Kuthiramalika palace near Padmanabha Swami Temple amidst an ambience of oil lamps, camphor and incense, this nice-day carnatic music festival annually brings in Navratri through rendition of classical ragas by celebrated musicians.
CHEMBAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Guruvayur Kerala - Sep-oct
The Chembai Music Festival is held in the memory of carnatic legend Chembai Vaidyanath Bhagawathar and is known for showcasing over 2,000 artistes in performance. The finale is marked by a joint concert presenting five of Chembai’s most favourite songs, and a group rendition of Tyagaraja’s ‘pancharatna Krithis’ by several prominent musician on the day of Ekadasi.
SWATHI SANGEETTHOTSAVAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - January
This national music festival invites doyens of both classical Carnatic and Hindustani music to participate in a week-long tribute to the composition of Swathi Thirunal, erstwhile king of Travancore in the royal courtyard of Kuthiramalika Palace. In 2011, the festival saw artistes such as Sanjay Subrahmanyam, R.K.Padmanabha and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, among others.
Coimbatore - February
The Yaksha Festival is an annual celebrating the performing arts at the Isha Yoga Centre and aims at promoting traditional Indian art, music and dance forms. This 14 day festival leads into Mahashivratri with a special all-night concert featuring a variety of acts. Yaksha 2011 included artistes such as Shahid Parvej Khan on the sitar and Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh among others.
MADRAS MUSIC SEASON
Chennai, Tamil Nadu - Dec- Jan
One of the oldest and largest culture events worldwide, the Madras Music Season encompasses a series of concert celebrating Indian classical music and dance, and is spread over several Carnatic Sabhas across Chennai. The festival is celebrated over a month featuring over a thousand artistes excelling in various art and dance forms. Malavika Sarukkai, Sudha Ragunathan, M.S. Gopalakrishnan and Unnikrishan were a few of the many performers who enthralled audience during Music Season 2010-11.
GHARANA FESTIVAL OF INDIAN MUSIC
Chennai, Tamil Nadu - Mar-april
The three-day event held at the museum theatre was started in 2006. This festival show cases the tradition of Hindustani classical music in a state which is otherwise ruled by Carnatic art. Its latest edition showcased western artists cello recital of Dhrupad by Nancy Kulkarni, Santoor by Takahiro Arai and a Sarangi performance by Yuji Nakagawa who have practiced and performed Hindustani classical music across the world.
KALASAGARAM ANNUAL CULTURE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA
Secunderabad, Andra Pradesh - March
Encouraging young talent in Carnatic music being the priority of the festival. This festival is annually held at keys high school since 1967. This year the festival saw Bharatnatyam recitals by T.P.Sneha, Preetha Padmanabhan,S. Varsha and K. Soumya were among the performers in the festival this is year.
PANDIT MOTIRAM PANDIT MANIRAM SANGEET SAMORAH
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - November
This annual Indian classical music festival is held against the regal backdrop of Chowmahalla place in Hyderabad. This festival is celebrated in memory of Pt. Jasraj father and brother. The festival features some of the most famous names in Indian classical music and concludes with Pt. Jasraj’s performance on 30th November each year –to commemorate the anniversary of his father’s death.
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - February
Parampara Series is the brainchild of the well known Kuchipudi dancers Raja Reddy and Radha Reddy. Andhri, one such festival held between 2007-09 featured three day of both Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. In February 2011 this festival saw a five-day dance extravaganza featuring Kuchipudi, Kremlin Ballet, flamenco, Whirling Dervishes and Modern Dance.
KONARK DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Konark, Orissa - February
Running since 1986 Konark Dance and music festival is an international festival set in a 700-year-old World Heritage site. The Konark festival witnesses unforgettable performance by artistes from all over the world at the Natyashala in the famous Konark sun temple every February. The most recent fest included Indian classical and folk dance recitals along with classical music presented by cream of the country’s performance artistes.
DOVER LANE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Kolkata, West Bengal - January
The Dover Lane Music festival is an annual Indian classical music festival held in the month of January at Nazrul Mancha, an open-air auditorium in south Kolkata. The festival derives its name from the fact that it originally took place at a location on Dover Lane. The festival features best- known names in Indian classical music. The festival concluded its 59th year with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s captivating Sarod recital and reintroduced dance performance.
Birbhum, West Bengal - January
The most unique musical gathering of its kind and has been running for over 500 years now. Celebrated at the birthplace of poet Jaidev, Birbhum West Bengal. This three-day cultural festival is one of the largest gatherings of Bauls, Tantrics mystics and philosopher whose song sync perfectly with their Ektaras and seems to hold an answer to everything.
Manipur - January
The first ever Maram music festival-cum-social get-together titled Maramfest 2009 was held at maram Centre Helipad ground. It witnessed a huge crowd of over 5,000 which included many senior Maram leaders. This festival entertains through cultural programs in the daytimes and follows it up with power-packed musical performance at night. Local artist including Pslikouna, Young Maraluiths, Rainbow Bridge, Kuba Micheal and others featured in 2011 edition of the fest.
ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL TOUR
Across North-East India.
One of the widest music festival started as in Shilong in 2003 which tours the vibrant north-east covering Assam, Arunachal Pradesh Manipur, Meghalaya Mizoram and Nagaland. This festival capitalize dance and music that is unique to each region as well as original artistes from all over the world, roots musical festival tour has had several successful edition since.
13-15 JULY 2011
19-21 JULY 2011
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
20-22 JULY 2011
30 AUGUST-1 SEPTEMBER 2011
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
9-13 SEPTEMBER 2011
11-14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Strategies In Light Europe
4-6 Octobers 2011
19-22 October 2011
11-14 October 2011
8-11 November 2011
Guangzhow Entertainment Technology Show
28 February-2 march, 2012
'ESCAPE' a 3-day annual festival of Music and Art, was held recently on the banks of Lake Naukuchiatal , near Nainital . 'Escape is an annual festival of Arts and Music. A three day getaway amidst nature to an eclectic mix of creative expressions through contemporary music, photography, pottery, painting and other emerging arts. A platform for amateurs, emerging and established artists to vent their creativity…a unique festival with multiple stages, adventure sports, workshops, a festival camp and much more. Escape provides the perfect destination for an unforgettable experience. '
The link to the festival's website is: http://escapefestival.in/.
India Radio Forum 2011
India Radio Forum 2011 was held recently at the Trident Hotel, BKC in Mumbai, where the head honchos of the Indian Radio Industry convened once again to discuss and review the state of the Industry and its future course. This year the focus was on interactivity and also the forthcoming roll out of FM Phase III, local growth, and the advent of digital media.
Besides the interactive sessions the highlight of the event was the Excellence in Radio (ERA) Awards ceremony. In a repeat of last year, the maximum number of awards was bagged by RED 93.5 FM including the ‘Best FM Station Award’ and Suryan FM.
The event was organized by Partners in Media Asia (PIM), the media-conference company based in Singapore.
The 3rd WOW Event and Experiential Marketing Awards 2011 saw Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd. bag five golds including the main award of the night, the WOW Paradigm of the Year Award, for the spectacular and media-frenzied, XIX Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies. The awards were presented to the three Founder-Directors of the company, Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari and Sabbas Joseph at a ceremony held recently. With a tally of 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze trophies the Wizcraft team won a total of 8 Awards.
Hailed by the Indian and international media as one for the books, premiere event and brand activation company, Wizcraft created history in October 2010 stunning the world with its creative and production prowess at the CWG Opening and Closing ceremonies in New Delhi, displaying 5000 years of Indian culture with great finesse. The inspired pyrotechnics and artistic display of the heritage and tradition of a diverse nation, helped them win the main honour of the night at the WOW Awards. Speaking on the win, Wiz Sabbas Joseph said, “Keeping in mind the negativity surrounding the Games, we fought the odds with our world-class display and standards, revitalizing the mood of a nation and creating a media turnaround. The ceremonies demonstrated the power of experiential marketing as it beamed across television screens the world-over.”
“By far, the CWG ceremonies have been the toughest experience for Wizcraft to handle and this awards speaks of the hard-work and determination we have shown as a company. We sincerely thank the Government of India, the CWG Organizing Committee and our Wizcraft Team. We are pleased to have made the country proud,” added Wiz Viraf Sarkari. Several school children, renowned singers, classical dancers and other artistes ranging over 7,000 performers came together along with 120 plus employees and over 200 technicians from India and overseas to get the extraordinary feat off-ground, celebrating India and the success of the Commonwealth Games in the country’s capital, New Delhi. Having opened with tradition and élan, the Games closed with a wide-ranging palate of Indian music and arts, bidding farewell to sportspersons from 71 countries and territories across the Commonwealth.
Instituted in 2009 by EVENTFAQ in association with EEMA (Event and Entertainment Management Association of India) and currently in its third edition, the WOW Awards celebrate excellence in Events, Entertainment and LIVE Experience creation. They are given out in 25 categories of varied formats of events and experiences.