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The fifth edition of the South Asian Bands Festival brings some of the best bands from the subcontinent to Delhi.

With the arresting ruins of the Purana Qila in the background on a cold December evening,music will fill the air as Delhi hosts the fifth edition of the South Asian Bands Festival. Beginning today,the three-day festival,that goes on till December 4,boasts of music belonging to a variety of genres from across Asia. From rock bands to fusion outfits and metal bands,Delhiites can expect a varied musical treat. Bands from Bangladesh,Myanmar,Pakistan,Maldives,Bhutan,Afghanistan,Sri Lanka and Nepal will be part of the festival.

The line-up includes Indian bands such as Delhi-based

Advaita and Indigo Children,Boomarang from Mizoram,Junkyard Groove from Chennai,Coke Studio Pakistan’s star musical duo Zeb & Haniya,Fanoos from Afghanistan and Bohemian from Bangladesh. “It’s not everyday that you hear an indie band from Nepal or Maldives bringing their music here,” says Suraj Mani,vocalist of Cochin-based rock band,Motherjane. The band will be headlining the festival on

Day Two. On Day Three,Bollywood’s favourite musicians,Salim-Sulaiman promise an entertaining act.

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The festival is being organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs. With no repeat acts in the festival over the years,Advaita is an exception as they will give their second performance on December 3. “We performed at the first edition of the festival,which was held at Central Park. Times have changed now — we are more established,with one album to our credit and the second releasing soon. The atmosphere is always great,” says Anindo Bose from Advaita.

First published on: 02-12-2011 at 03:56:28 am
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