THIRD YEAR in a row-Rhythm and Blues Festival in Kasauli

For the third year in a row, the tiny hill town of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh witnessed people descending from across the country and beyond to listen to some of the best known independent bands in the country.

The three-day Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival (April 18-20) organised by Gurgaon-based Genesis Foundation, which supports critically ill under-privileged and orphan children saw major singers and bands like Valentine Shipley, Kaya, Sushmit Sen Chronicles, Indus Creed, Whirling Kalapas, Adi and Suhail, Caralisa Monteiro, Lagori and Soulmate enthrall the audience with some excellent and original independent music.


The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2014 organised by Genesis foundation, at Kasauli Photo Courtesy: Sandeep Sahdev

The festival, which has developed a cult following of sorts and is considered among the most popular music festivals in the country has emerged to be an important space for established singers and bands.

“In order to ascertain that independent music survives in face of onslaught by Bollywood, it is important that more such festivals be organised. Despite the fact that it is just three years old, the Kasauli and Rhythm Blues Festival is already known for inviting a receptive audience which doesn’t demand a Bollywood number,” said Indus Creed’s guitarist and vocalist Philipe Haydon.


Indus Creed, a rock group from India performs at The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2014 Photo Courtesy: Sandeep Sahdev

Founding trustee of the Genesis Foundation, Ms Prema Sagar said, “The incredible response that the festival has received from the community gives us confidence that people are willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of society at large.”

Insisting that more and more people are willing to hear out experimental music, playback singer Shilpa Rao stressed that that easy access to different genres of music through mediums like You Tube are encouraging people to witness live performances by independent bands.

Shilpa was quoted saying, “Once they know that something new is out there, they want to experience it in a magical setting of a live performance, which increases the thrill manifold.”


Shilpa Rao performs during The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2014 Photo Courtesy: Sandeep Sahdev

Courtesy: India Today

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