There is going to be a lot of music at the 10-day Mela and we’re giving you a quick brief on some of the acts we think you should check out.
Have you missed out on big acts because of a hole in your pocket? Getting to see quality music sometimes commands a steep price, but every once in a while something great comes along. The Indo-German Urban Mela (check out their website here) is an excellent opportunity for music lovers to catch some of the best indie and foreign acts for free. So far, the Mela has had some innovative music events such as the silent disco and International acts such as DJ Sarasa, SuidAkrA, DJ Daniel Haaksman, Apparat, and percussionist Christophe Haberer. This does not mean that Indian indie acts have been ignored. On the contrary, the Mela has played host to some of the best acts in the scene and more importantly, given them exposure to new audiences that don’t see them at regular gig venues. So let’s take a look at who’s playing at the Indo-German Urban Mela in Pune.
Midival Punditz January 11 from 8:00pm to 9:45pm
The Midival Punditz are an especially good way to get warmed up for the Indo-German Urban Mela, and as far as first acts go, this one is right up there with the best of them. The Punditz are seasoned performers who should be looking to set the bar for the rest of the musicians at the Mela, and their fusion electronica is a great advert for the confluence of Eastern and Western Cultures.
Ma Faiza January 12 from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
An experienced DJ in her own right, Ma Faiza is capable of pushing out psychedelic trance with the same ease as chillout EDM. She has her own record label known as Masti Music and has played some of the biggest EDM venues around the world in places such as Berlin and Ibiza. Ma Faiza likes to collaborate with live musicians now and again, and she will be joined by Banglore violinist Manoj George, which could be an unorthodox but exciting live collaboration.
Agnee January 14 from 8:00pm to 9:45 pm
The Hindi rock band will be probably draw a sizable crowd in their hometown, which will not be unusual for them. Having played Windsong Festival in Goa not too long ago, Agnee will want to keep the momentum going with another big performance, but seeing them on a big stage with their hometown crowd will be reason enough to go back again.
The Raghu Dixit Project January 15 from 8:00pm to 9:45 pm
We are big fans of this band because frontman Raghu Dixit brings such joy to the stage that it’s almost impossible to not get carried away with his music. Last year, this band played a huge number of gigs to capacity crowds all over the country and they even played for the Queen of England. So if you wanted folk-fusion music that engages the audience, you’ve got your band.
Djane Ipek January 16 from 8:00pm to 9:45 pm
The Turkish-German DJ will dig deep into her bag of Berlin-style electro for this one, and don’t be surprised to hear a few fusion elements thrown in there. The DJane has strong Turkish roots in her electronica but will throw in some Bollywood beats as well. DJane Ipek been playing music on the Berlin club circuit since the 90s and is an extremely influential figure there, so it wouldn’t hurt to see what the Berlin electro scene has to offer.
Dualist Inquiry January 17 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Delhi based electronica DJ Dualist Inquiry has made a rapid ascent to the top of the indie electronica scene with his accessible tunes and relentless gigging. Whether it’s the songs off his first EP Dualism or tracks from his bootleg remixes, Dualist Inquiry’s music has certainly spread across the country at an alarming rate and his live set is definitely worth checking out as you get to see him play live guitar along with his tracks.
Shaa’ir + Func January 17 from 8:00pm to 9:45pm
The electronica duo immediately follow Dualist Inquiry on stage, which rounds off a pretty good night of Indian electronica. Shaa’ir + Func are an energetic live act because vocalist Shaa’ir’s spontaneity ensures that each performance is unique while guitarist Func adds bass-heavy guitar tones to his masterfully programmed beats.
Battle of the DJanes January 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
It will be womano-a-womano as DJanes Ma Faiza and Ipek square off against each other in a DJane battle. If you’ve never been to a DJ battle before, you should take the time to check it out as the competition usually tends to get very fierce at one point or another. May the best DJane win!
Indian Ocean January 19 from 8:00pm to 9:45pm
The legendary fusion rock band from Delhi have a massive following all over the country, and this will undoubtedly turn into one of the biggest performances at the Mela. Longtime fans of the band should be interested in checking out the new arrangements that the band have tried out in recent performances,and for those of you who haven’t seen them before, this is one of the first fusion rock bands that India has ever produced.
Karsh Kale Collectiv January 20 from 8:00pm to 9:45pm
Led by Karsh Kale, this collectiv(e) of musicians have been improving with every performance. After a tepid start, the Karsh Kale Collective have started to create a very impressive body of work and judging by the musicians that have played as part of the collective (Warren Mendonsa, Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais, Jai Row Kavi, Jitter, Shilpa Rao and Benny Dayal, to name a few), it comes as no surprise. The most fascinating aspect of watching this band live is the fact that they keep the audience guessing with many different songs and arrangements.
Stay tuned for more NH7.in coverage of the Indo German Urban Mela in the coming days.