Sounds from the Village

The gigs held at Hauz Khas Village on World Music Day were a test of its ability to host major musical evenings

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2013 12:32:11 am

For a while now we have been hearing predictions about the future of Delhi’s cultural destination,Hauz Khas Village (HKV). While some believe it will crumble soon,others hope that another market causes its downfall. It’s almost fashionable to crib about the village’s pretentiousness. Friday night at HKV,however,ought to have silenced some of these voices. As the world celebrated World Music Day,the village and its happy urban village folk got together for some musical cheer,

for the second

straight year.

Organised by Alliance Francaise de Delhi,Feta de la Musique,in HKV was a bar crawl with various city bands performing across pubs and restaurants. Undiscovered places sprung into life with musical notes. The graffiti corner hosted rock ‘n’ roll band Then & Now. Many squeezed in to head bang to their tunes. While Downstairs at Zo played host to the jazzy tunes of Shakey Rays and The Jazz B’stards; Fork You went the blues and country way with

Complicated Easy.

Our favourites were Gravy Train who made sure that everybody danced at Raasta as they did covers of international sweethearts,such as Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys. Tanya Nambiar,the band’s vocalist is worth watching out for — a pretty face,strong vocals and some mean dancing skills on stage,make her one of the more exciting singers. There was enough electronic dance music (EDM) and DJ Mojo Jojo did a decent job with a few dub mixes.

Pub hopping was never so hectic,with 14 venues participating in the festival. Imperfecto had Parvati la Cantante perform a few Spanish ditties besides hosting the psychedelic folksy tunes of SPACE; and Fat Ninja had singer-songwriter Shantanu Pandit whose Dylan-ish compositions were enough to give us goosebumps.

Undoubtedly,this was a special night in HKV’s calender. But it’s occasions like these,that made us wonder whether the village is prepared to host an event of this magnitude. Parking was full; most venues were over crowed and it was a sweat fest,to say the least. To keep HKV and its culture alive,a few corrections are in order.

After all,who doesn’t want to dance in peace?

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