Kasauli Rhytm and Blues festival: Dia Mirza checks in, after party rocks hills

The first band ‘Kanchan Daniel and the Beards’ tuned in with rock and turned to blues which they believe is their real calling.

Kasauli | Published:March 27, 2016 7:56 am
  IShrat S Banwait The band Local Train performs at the festival Saturday. Express photo

THE SECOND day of the Kasauli Rhythm and Blues festival started on a high note, literally. The first band ‘Kanchan Daniel and the Beards’ tuned in with rock and turned to blues which they believe is their real calling. Daniel, a 25-year-old cancer survivor and psychologist, took to music to make the most of her second chance at life.

“Most of my music comes from emotions and a bit of quirkiness,” smiles Daniel who, along with her band started with acoustics and performed at cafes in Delhi.

Today, the band has performed around the country now and wish to bring the blues to all age groups. “Many people think blues is old and boring, hence we try and add little twists to it by fusing soul, funk and RnB to it,” says Daniel.

‘The Local Train’ were next to raise the temperature of the place with high octane Hindi tracks. Their rock rendition of the famous song “Dil Se” was appreciated by the audience who were made to dance and sing along.

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza, who is also the brand ambassador of the Genesis Foundation, visited the venue and talked about the importance of working towards such causes.

“I also work towards saving the environment. Both these issues are connected. Effects of climate change are felt mostly by the poor and I cannot see a child die because the parents couldn’t afford the treatment,” Mirza said.

Currently awaiting the release of her debut Iranian film ‘Salaam Mumbai’, Mirza will also be seen on Zee TV’s upcoming travel show.

The evening saw a European flavour with ‘Massive Vibe’ using various instruments and visual effects to enchant the audience.

Lesle Lewis took the evening to another level with soulful tracks and heart-warming melodies.

The after-party by DJ Sun introduced in the fest this year got the audience grooving to electronic and house music that reverberated in the serene Kasauli hills.

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