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
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.”
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