Girl band from Pak at annual rock festival in Delhi

New Delhi: A cutting edge girl band duo, from Pakistan credited with creating a new cannon of jazz- influenced numbers influenced by classical music of the Indian subcontinent, features at the fifth edition of the annual South Asian Bands Festival here.

The three-day music festival scheduled to commence at the Purana Qila here held from December 2 will include fifteen popular rock bands from across nine countries in the subcontinent.

The event is presented by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs and Seher. "Zeb and Haniya, in fact, are slated to interact with nearly 100 students of some select schools and colleges of Delhi on the first day of the festival to discuss cultural relations between the two countries," say organisers.

Cutting edge and commercially successful, the musicians write their own songs and also rework existing melodies of Afghanistan,Pakistan, and India. The duo`s debut album, Chup (Hush) was greeted very well in Pakistan.

Bollywood`s duo of Salim Sulaiman who have given chart topping scores in films "Teen Patti," "Pyaar Impossible," "Chak De India," and "Iqbal" among others are also set to enthrall audiences by characteristically incorporating western, folk, Hindustani and Sufi influences to their music.

Apart from the Bollywood duo, India will be represented by Indigo Children (New Delhi), Petri Dish Project(Mumbai), Boomarang (Mizoram), Advaita (New Delhi), Motherjane (Kochi) and Junkyard Groove (Chennai).

The other participating bands are Bohemian (Bangladesh), MetalZone Oasis Band (Myanmar), Kingdom Hum (Bhutan), The Maldivian (Maldives), Thriloka (Sri Lanka), Fanoos (Afghanistan) and Robin & The New Revolution (Nepal), all of whom are making their debut at the South Asian bands festival.

According to ICCR Director-General Suresh Goel, the South Asian Bands Festival has been popular because participating groups touch the hearts of people from all age groups. "The presentation and working together of artistes of various genres also enables creative artistes of this region to get to know each other`s creations and opens up possibilities of working together in the future," he said adding that "the festival has become a major melting pot for talent in the South Asian neighbourhood."

Sri Lankan fusion band `Thriloka` has been entertaining local audiences since 2006, delivering an innovative blend of traditional Sri Lankan folk music, Indian raga, jazz and rock.

The Maldivians have been creating music in their country for over a decade under the recording company "Super Muzik Faktory". `The band`s mission is to present traditional music in an easy way so that the young generations can understand. They combine traditional music with pop, Latin and electronic fusion," says a band member.

Robin and the New Revolution band from Nepal are very energetic in live shows due to a tight rhythm section and charismatic frontman.

Bohemian from Bangladesh founded in 2008 by Shams Bin Quader and Mahbub Farhan produce alternative rock with special focus on meaningful lyrics,melodious rock as well as heavier rock compositions.

Kingdom Hum from Bhutan fuses musical impulses from English and other traditional Bhutanese and Tibetan genres.

From Myanmar Metal zone oasis band has been creating over 300 Series of Songs (Single Album and Couple Album) and will be playing in India for the first time.