Hyderabad: The desperate prayers of music aficionados in the city seem to have been answered. Weekends are packed and weekdays are also relatively buzzing with activity courtesy a spike in the city’s live music events. This weekend, the cultural fest at Leonia Resorts features icons from Dance Underground such as DJ Pearl and Dibby Dougherty, while DJ Klaus and percussionist Ameet take electronic sound to another level with ‘Dhol fusion’ as Hyderabad is the first stop in India for the London Beats Fest.
Dan Jose of Dance Underground, who is responsible for bringing the fest to the city, says, “The only problem here is the law and order situation. Hydera-bad should consider keeping ‘night clubs’ open for the ‘night’.”
DJ Murthy is happy to play in his hometown thanks to the Chennai-based organisers, Dance Underground. “These events become important youth hubs for networking and interaction. The fests also allow music to penetrate the masses,” he quips.
Local artistes and organisers have also been actively involved in the music boom. Swapna Kucherlapati of Tooth and Nail Productions brought the Carnatic shredding pioneer Baiju last week and is now bringing Raghu Dixit. “In 2004, there was a buzz in the city music scene but it was followed by a four-year lull, which is when we decided to do something about it,” she says.
Getting venues and sponsors is still a struggle. “It’s easy to get sponsors for flights and accommodation for big guns. But others have to make do with bus tickets and low budgets, ” adds Swapna.
However, artistes don’t mind roughing it out as Dakta Dub, a DJ at the Sunburn 2012 line-up says, “Hyderabad is part of the music uprising being witnessed in India. Let’s hope it sustains the interest.”