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