Kasauli is just perfect this time of the year. Just over an hours drive from Chandigarh,the quaint hill station is the favourite weekend getaway for Chandigarhians. A trek to the famous Monkey Point,a peg at Mohan Meakin distillery,a heavenly moment at the Christ Church and finally,a hand at rummy at the Kasauli Club the quiet,hilly hamlet is a dream. Soon,music will form the backdrop of this misty mountainscape. Come April,and the cool breeze will carry with it the sound of music in the first of its kind Rhythm & Blues Festival. The event is a two-day musical extravaganza,a fund-raiser for critically ill children,being organised by Genesis Foundation. To be held on the weekend of April 6 and 7,it will feature some of the most popular artists and bands of the country,including the Raghu Dixit Project,Parikrama Unplugged,Advaita,Shaair n Func,Sonam Kalra,Adil and Vasundhra and Pragnya Wakhlu,Kasaulis very own Abzoluts (the Sanawar School Band) and some solo singers.
The festival is for a cause,to save the lives of lesser privileged children who otherwise have no options to survive. Every rupee goes to save a child, says Prema Sagar,Founding Trustee,Genesis Foundation,the brain behind this venture. Kasauli also happens to be Sagars hometown and she shares that her friends and family had been inspiring her to organise an event in the hill station. Weve done corporate events in Delhi,Gurgaon and Mumbai and I decided why not Kasauli… its the Easter weekend,the weather is perfect,people can sit outside and enjoy good food and music, adds Sagar,who is a patron of music. I have a huge collection of live concerts on DVDs, says Sagar,who wanted to be a DJ for as long as she can remember. My dream is to open a music cafe and bring bands from across the country,there is so much talent to showcase, she adds.
Music,she says,brings people together,and at this festival,it will be a mix of R&B,Sufi,jazz and soul. It is music that can be enjoyed by all, says she. Six months down the line,Sagar also plans to start a similar festival at Lonavala near Mumbai,and make festivals at both destinations,Kasauli and Lonavala,an annual feature.
With Baikunth resorts as the destination for the festival,Sagar and her team are looking at a crowd of 400. Donor passes are priced at
Rs 5,000 each. Log on to http://www.genesis-foundation.net.