THE DELHI INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 – THE CONFLUENCE OF MUSIC AND NATIONS- CONCLUDES – 25th September 2017
Organizers say that the 7th edition of Delhi International Jazz Festival turned out to be a great success. Great artists, great music and fortunately, great weather contributed to the success of latest music festival in India by giving audience enough to scream and cheer!
Inspired by the idea of ‘Music knows no boundaries’, the 7th edition of the International Jazz Festival concluded on the 25th September. The 3-day long music festival that was organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was held at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri.
The event that received an overwhelming response saw the enthralling performances of more than 15,000 artists across the globe. The venue was packed with music fanatics dancing and screaming with joy to the rhythms of artists from different countries including Alfonso Aroca Flamenco from Spain, South Africa based Thokozane Afro Jazz Muzo, Si Zhu Kong (Korea), Israel (Yogev Shetrit Trio), 4 on a Swing (Kolkata), and French-based Lorrenzo Nacarrato Trio to name a few.
“I just couldn’t stop myself swinging to the beats of Mexican band, Tovalin-Mercado. Events like these doesn’t only add value to the cultural heritage of India but function as a great platform to learn and explore different forms of music” a jazz-lover said.
The music festival in its 7th year now, doesn’t fail to surprise and enthrall the Indian audience. The weather doesn’t favor the music festival in India for last 6 years, but the downpour didn’t stop music lovers this year. The precise definition of ‘cultural exchange’, the music festival was witnessed by thousands of people right from the day 1.
“It was the first time that we were performing at the International Jazz Festival. We were both excited and nervous but the perfect audience made us dance with them. Even while performing, we could see the people from audience dancing with the eyes closed. Music Festivals like these help artists to learn from each other. We’re delighted that we got an opportunity like to perform here” lead singer of a Bangalore-based band, Radha Thomas said.
ICCR, in a bid to promote brotherhood organizes many dance and music festivals annually in different parts of the country like Ramayana. The overwhelming response from Delhi has encouraged ICCR to organize the music festivals in other parts of the nation also. There’s no denying that jazz is a unique genre and a mélange of both classical and hip-hop. This is the reason it attracts audience from every age group.
“Music brings different people from all backgrounds, caste, creed and religion on a single platform. Jazz is definitely a genre that Indians relate to very easily. After seeing this response from the Delhi International Jazz Festival, we are planning to hold similar kind of music festival in Shillong, Bangalore, Pune, Guwahati, Goa, Aizwal, Varanasi, Jaipur and Mumbai. This is going to be one-of-its-kind initiative for ICCR also”, otherwise reserved Mr. Riva Ganguly Das, the Director General of ICCR said.
We’ve already started waiting for the next year’s edition already, have you?