HT Palate Fest: Foodie fun that’s high on mu­sic

The three­day fes­ti­val will see Del­hi­ites bing­ing on de­lec­ta­ble food, as top bands belt out their hits

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Sufi, rock, retro or Pun­jabi? Take your pick as there’s a va­ri­ety to choose from at the up­com­ing edi­tion of Hin­dus­tan Times Palate Fest. Bol­ly­wood singer Raf­taar is all set to make the fest an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for food lovers, along with pop­u­lar In­dian bands In­dian Ocean, Eu­pho­ria, Astitva, Rock­naama and Sankra­man.

Num­bers such as Ban­deh and Ma Rewa, among some new com­po­si­tions, from the fu­sion rock band In­dian Ocean will en­thral the lis­ten­ers. Hi­man­shu Joshi, from In­dian Ocean,

says, “There is a con­stant move­ment in these fes­ti­vals, and these one-to-one kind of per­for­mance are very in­ti­mate. We de­rive a lot of en­ergy from the au­di­ence, as they are very near us. The per­for­mance goes a notch up as the au­di­ence en­joys. Peo­ple come here to have a good time. And, we get an eclec­tic bunch of peo­ple that give us a new au­di­ence as well. The au­di­ence will get to hear some of our new com­po­si­tions, too, this time.”

Prep­ping for his per­for­mance, Bol­ly­wood rap­per, Raf­taar says, “I am very ex­cited, be­cause I am a hard core foodie. Ek ka­hawat hai, ki in­saan ke dil ka raaste uske pet se jaata hai (There’s a say­ing that the way to a man’s heart is through his stom­ach). With all the food peo­ple will get there, they will already be in a happy mood to lis­ten to my songs, that’s why food fes­ti­vals are the best place to per­form. Peo­ple can eat as much as they want, and I’ll help them lose the calo­ries by mak­ing them dance.” To add a touch of Sufi and Rock to Bol­ly­wood num­bers, the band Rock­naa ma will per­form a retro med­ley in­cludi ng the songs Gu­labi Aankhe n and Chura Liya Ya Hain. “We are very ex­cited, and we look for­ward to per­form at Palate Fest as it’s one of the best and the big­gest food fes­ti­vals that has in­spired many other food fes­ti­vals in the city. Delhi has a fine taste in mu­sic, and hence our se­lec­tion for the per­for­mance will en­com­pass dif­fer­ent med­leys in­clud­ing Pun­jabi hits,” says Sha­heen Sal­mani, vo­cal­ist, from the Hindi Sufi rock band. “Delhi peo­ple love three things — food, mu­sic and Astitva. The peo­ple here know how to grove and have fun. And they are quite re­cep­tive to our brand of multi-genre mu­sic. We are the Delhi boys and our love for the city is un­con­di­tional. We feel at home when it comes to per­form­ing at the Palate fest, be­cause we were the first artists to per­form here (when it started in 2014). So, it’s a spe­cial bond. When it’s Palate, it’s lit­er­ally 10 times the en­ergy and mad­ness. We’ll be per­form­ing our new sin­gle — Yaad Mu­jhe, live for the first time for our home au­di­ence at Palate. C’mon you have to give your home city a spe­cial treat­ment,” says, Sal­man Khan, vo­cal­ist, Band Astitva.

Palash Sen, lead vo­cal­ist of the band Eu­pho­ria, says, “This is the third time in a row that we are play­ing at Palate Fest. It’s like an an­nual tra­di­tion that we look for­ward to ev­ery year. The kind of pos­i­tiv­ity that I wit­ness at the venue, is amaz­ing. This year, we com­plete our hat-trick (of per­form­ing at Palate Fest) and I can’t thank HT and the peo­ple of Delhi enough for call­ing us to en­ter­tain them.”

PHO­TOS: HTBS

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA

Rap­per Raf­taar will belt out his pop­u­lar num­bers, at the fest

The band, In­dian Ocean, are set to per­form their new com­po­si­tions

Band Rock­naama will shelve a med­ley of hit Bol­ly­wood num­bers

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