The set, curated by Karsh Kale, saw collaborative performances by a host of artists who’d played individual sets of their own at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2011.
Nh7 All-Stars took over the Bacardi Together Stage (which was overshadowed by a giant wheel on to which visuals were projected) to end the three days of awesomeness with a medley of covers that was truly the whipped cream and cherry on top at India’s happiest music festival. Curated by producer and composer Karsh Kale, he performed with a sprinkling of musicians that had performed all across the last three days.
On guitars was Warren Mendonsa, and on bass was Johan Pais. And on drums was both Karsh Kale and Jai Row Kavi. Kicking things off was Vishal Dadlani (of Pentagram) and Siddarth Basrur (of Goddess Gagged and Bones for Bertie) with their rock rendition of ‘Under Pressure’. Then the beat moved into the Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’, rapped by Vishwesh K (of Scribe), or Hindi ishtyle,“Thanda Thanda Pani.”
Humble The Poet got onto stage with Vishwesh for Jay-Z’s rock rap ’99 Problems’, was cathartic release as people belted the chorus. Monica Dogra (of Shaa’ir + Func) then graced on to stage with her moonwalk to sing a medley of No Doubt’s ‘Hella Good’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’.
Then Karsh Kale moved from drums to tabla as Siddarth Basrur and Shilpa Rao took the stage to do a fusion medley. Rao sang hindi songs along with Basrur interweaving Pink Floyd, and The Smiths into the duet, while on flute was Ashwin Srinivasan, and on sitar – Ravi Chary.
Midway through the set, the lights went off. Festival director Dhruv Jagasia announced that there was some sort of “technical snag” prompting perhaps a premature end to the proceedings. This was followed by a mammoth Metallica medley which saw P-Man, Sidd Coutto and others take on vocal duties (and mosh). It was that kind of night at the Bacardi Together Stage, which was closed by nearly 30 musicians taking a bow on stage; a tremendous end to a mammoth three days of awesome.
Photos by Kunal Kakodkar
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