Show : JTPAC PRESENTS RAGHU DIXIT IN CONCERT
Genre : INDIAN FOLK MUSIC

Date:8th FEBRUARY 2015
Artist: RAGHU DIXIT, Bryden Lewis, Parth Chandiramani, Nitesh Nataraj, Vinod Bangera
Time: 7 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue : JT Performing Arts Center, Choice School Campus, Tripunithura
City : Kochi
Age Limit: All ages

Synopsis

Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural & musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound. From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state to every big music festival in India, from Glastonbury, to the BBC to even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit seems to have done quite a bit!

But he is only getting started.

It took 12 years for Raghu to get his music out and his first album immediately signaled the arrival of a tremendous force in the Indian indie scene. Today, he is the unquestionable No. 1 live indie act in the country.

Jag Changa – The Second Studio Album

Jag Changa is Raghu Dixit’s best work yet, and is packed with the kind of music one has come to associate with the Bangalore act – soulful, uptempo and earthy. Jag Changa features tracks in Hindi, Kannada as well as Raghu’s first song in Tamil. The eight-track album features some incredible collaborations and charts the band’s evolution, both personal and sonic. Though the sound is still folksy, it is more layered yet immensely enjoyable, and is hugely influenced by his travels over the years, as well as the people he has met and cultures he has experienced during these travels.

In the six years since the release of his eponymous debut album, Raghu Dixit has come to be seen as an ambassador for Indian music and his career highlights including having performed for the Queen of England at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Windsor, conquering the UK, hitting the no. 1 spot on the iTunes World Music Charts no less than 7 times, performing at the world’s largest festival Glastonbury, and featuring on popular TV shows like Later with … Jools Holland, The Dewarists and Coke Studio.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raghu Dixit (Kannada: ರಘು ದೀಕ್ಷಿತ್) (born November 11, 1974) is an Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer based in Bangalore, India. He is most famous for fronting the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band. Though a gold medalist in Masters in Microbiology and a proficient Indian classical dancer (Vidwat in Bharatanatyam), Raghupathy Dixit is now known more as a self-taught composer and musician. Originally from Mysore, he settled in Bengaluru. As the founder-front man of his band Antaragni for more than eight years, and now of The Raghu Dixit Project, Dixit has performed more than 250 concerts all over India. In 2008, The Raghu Dixit Project launched its debut album Antaragni: The Fire Within. Raghu is a self-taught guitarist and singer. The most catchy part of Raghu's concert is his unique voice which goes beyond ranges and the measured humor that he puts in without any effort. His unique combination of traditional Indian sounds mixed with western influences has brought him firmly into the spotlight

Dixit's music is an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music and styles from different parts of the world. In an interview with Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu, he mentions, "“Every 200 kilometres in this country, languages change, the dialects change and the food changes, lives and lifestyles change and my music is unique and probably the USP is that it's sung in a vernacular tongue… its adds mystery.” [1] His lyrics are about every common man's emotions and experience. His songs Mysore se aayi, Mumbai, Antaragni, Hey Bhagwan, Har Saans Mein, Gudugudiya, Khidki are popular among his fans. Most of his songs are influenced by Shishunala Sharif, a saint and poet from the state of Karnataka in India.

Dixit has produced music for contemporary dance and theatre productions. He has composed and produced music for most of the productions by the Indian contemporary dance group Nritarutya. Girish Karnad's Hayavadana for TopCast and Black Coffee's Body Catcher have been his most famous works that brought him critical acclaim as a composer for theatre productions

In May 2008 Dixit joined Springboard Surprises' Roots Festival for a number of shows, touring many towns and cities within Northeast India, with international acts including Israel's DUB LFO and England's Too Late Lucy. Raghu Dixit also composes music for feature films.


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