Sound of Mu­sic

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Mon­ica Do­gra, singer, song­writer and ac­tor

Right from its in­cep­tion, the NH7 Week­ender mu­sic fes­ti­val has been a big hit. Or­gan­ised by the mu­sic man­age­ment com­pany Only Much Louder, the fes­ti­val has given a plat­form to in­de­pen­dent singers to churn out dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic which are not film songs. Those who took part in the fes­ti­val in 2010, the very first time it was held, were artists who lit­er­ally lived on pen­nies and poured their blood, sweat and tears into cre­at­ing this in­de­pen­dent mu­sic scene that NH7 is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of to­day.

What makes the NH7 Week­ender such a beau­ti­ful fes­ti­val is that it is full of rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. I re­call my band Shaa’ir+ Func play­ing on the clos­ing day of the 2010 fes­ti­val. There was a feel­ing of ca­ma­raderie, of fam­ily- hood. We were all in it to­gether, prov­ing to a na­tion that we can do great things if we cap­i­talise on the rev­o­lu­tion­ary na­ture of in­de­pen­dent mu­sic. Walk­ing around on the fes­ti­val grounds, you will feel a lit­tle hope for the fu­ture of mu­sic in In­dia and you will dance and sing all the while, know­ing you are a cru­cial part of all of it.



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