Lucky Ali, the Vinyl Records, the Ko­niac Net set to rock Thim­phu

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Lucky Ali and band, The Vinyl Records, and The Ko­niac Net are some popular names of mu­si­cal bands from In­dia that will be per­form­ing live dur­ing the first Bhutan In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, an event run­ning as part of the first an­nual Bhutan In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val (BhIF) from Fe­bru­ary 1423 this year.

Lucky Ali, a well­known singer, com­poser and ac­tor from In­dia, and renowned for his soul­ful and melo­di­ous yet sim­ple bal­lad-style ap­proach to singing, will per­form live at the Changlim­ithang Sta­dium, Thim­phu at 4 pm on Fe­bru­ary 21, co­in­cid­ing with the Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the King. It will be a paid con­cert where all pro­ceeds would go on to sup­port arts, mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture in Bhutan.

Lucky Ali (aka Maq­sood Mah­mood Ali) doesn’t need much in­tro­duc­tion in Bhutan. Many mu­sic lovers in Bhutan know him for the Hindi mu­si­cal hits like ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ and ‘Na Tum Jano Na Hum’ from the block­buster ro­man­tic thriller film ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’ that was re­leased in 2000, a year later when Bhutan in­tro­duced TV and in­ter­net in the coun­try.

Lucky Ali, 56, is the sec­ond of the eight chil­dren of the popular Bol­ly­wood co­me­dian, Mehmood. His de­but with the al­bum ‘Sunoh’ se­cured many top awards in In­dian mu­sic, in­clud­ing the Best Pop Male Vo­cal­ist at the 1996 Screen Awards and the Chan­nel V (View­ers’ Choice) Award in 1997. The song ‘Oh Sanam from Sunoh’ re­port­edly es­tab­lished him as a singer and is con­sid­ered by some to be one of the best Hindi-pop songs ever. He also re­leased a few num­ber of al­bums later on.

This ver­sa­tile artist also did play­back singing. He has worked with some top com­posers of the In­dian film in­dus­try, be­sides act­ing in a few films and TV se­ri­als. Mean­while, it was only in 2002, he played the main lead in the Hindi mu­si­cal ‘Sur-The Melody of Life’. The com­plex role that he por­trayed earned him ac­co­lades as an ac­tor. Into gen­res like pop, world and folk, Lucky Ali is mostly known for his dis­tinc­tive mu­sic style and ex­quis­ite voice.

Prior to Lucky Ali’s Con­cert, an­other ex­tremely popular and most sought-af­ter indie rock band from Delhi, The Vinyl Records (aka TVR) will per­form live at the Clock Tower Square at 1:30 pm on Fe­bru­ary 21. It’s a free event.

TVR, mean­while, is a four-piece all-girl rock band from North-East In­dia, formed in Fe­bru­ary 2010. The band fea­tured on MTV In­dia’s F1 Rocks show in 2011. They were among the 15 fi­nal­ists of Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds, a na­tion­wide rock tal­ent hunt in 2012. They have per­formed in var­i­ous cities in­clud­ing New Delhi, Mumbai and Gur­gaon, be­sides per­form­ing at pre­mium shows such as the Ziro Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, Puma Loves Vinyl, The LOUD­EST Gig in Delhi, etc.

Their de­but 4-track Ex­tra Play “Whims” was re­leased at Ziro Fes­ti­val to su­per re­views in Septem­ber 2013. The band also per­formed nu­mer­ous other live gigs in many of the In­dian metropoli­tan cities.

TVR con­sists of four mem­bers with Cheyyr­ian Bark as lead vo­cal­ist, key­tar player, synths, key­boards and song­writer, Banu Jini as the gui­tarist and back­ing vo­cal­ist, Mithy Tatak as the drum­mer, per­cus­sions and back­ing vo­cal­ist, and Mi­nam Tek­seng as the bassist and back­ing vo­cal­ist.

An­other band that is ex­pected to blow away Thim­phu is the ‘The Ko­niac Net’ from Mumbai, a popular and world class indie rock band that will be per­form­ing live at the Clock Tower Square at 5:15 pm on Fe­bru­ary 19. It’s a free event too where all lo­cal and other in­ter­na­tional bands will have live gigs.

At­trib­uted for al­low­ing indie and al­ter­na­tive gen­res to thrive, Pepsi MTV In­dia de­scribes this awe­some Mumbai-based band, led by vo­cal­ist David Abra­ham, as one to look out for. It has al­ready been stated that this tal­ented band is go­ing to be re­ally big in the time to come.

The Ko­niac Net trans­formed from a one-man-project to a five-piece band in June, 2012 fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous re­quests to tour in­ter­na­tion­ally. The band re­leased their first Ex­tra Play ‘Abio­gen­e­sis’ in Fe­bru­ary last year which gained airplay on over 140 ra­dio sta­tions across 31 coun­tries. The same year they were also hand­picked runnerup win­ners (out of over 10,000 bands world­wide) by a panel of in­ter­na­tional judges of the Hard Rock Ris­ing 2014 com­pe­ti­tion. Sub­se­quently, Hard Rock Café also spon­sored all-In­dia tour for the band.

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