The 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival, which commenced on the 15 th of March, was inaugurated by President ICCR, Dr. Karan Singh. He was joined by Union Minister for HRD, Mr. MM Pallam Raju, Director General ICCR, Dr. Suresh K Goel, and Deputy Director General, Sri. Anwar Haleem. Showing his great love for music
The 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival came to a successful conclusion with resonating performances by veteran Indian artistes such as Louiz Banks as well as new talent like Toshanbor, and the New South Africa Jazz Collectiv. The festival featured 10 bands from 10 countries and 4 bands from India this year. Over the period of four days the 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival played to packed audiences under a starlit sky in Nehru Park, Chanakya Puri hosting artistes from countries like Poland, France, USA, South Africa, Columbia, Russia and Switzerland. It was one of the largest and longest jazz festivals in the country with thousands thronging the venue each day. The festival also had a rolling crowd of 35000 to 40,000 people across all four days, ranging across all age groups as people came from across the city to enjoy the mesmerizing music.
The 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival, which commenced on the 15 th of March, was inaugurated by President ICCR, Dr. Karan Singh. He was joined by Union Minister for HRD, Mr. MM Pallam Raju, Director General ICCR, Dr. Suresh K Goel, and Deputy Director General, Sri. Anwar Haleem. Showing his great love for music, Dr. Karan Singh played a soulful tune on the piano to an involved audience marking the beginning of this musical extravaganza, and the ICCR’S commitment to bringing quality music to the city.
“The artists from different countries fully defined their cultural ethos through music and defied the geographical boundaries by the purity of their music. The Delhi International Jazz Festival has put Delhi on the Jazz map of the World and made it a veritable International cultural destination”, said Dr. Suresh K Goel, Director General ICCR
Some of the bands which performed during these four days were New Bone Quintet Band (Poland), Sylvie Bourban (Switzerland), UNK: The Radha Thomas Ensemble (India), Ararat (Israel), Toshanbar (India), Oleg Butman Jazz Trio (Russia) and Dhruv Ghanekar (India)
The event was managed by Showcraft Productions, a company which creates inspired events. Lalitt Gattani, Chief Creative Officer, Showcraft Productions commented on the association saying, “We are proud to be associated with the ICCR on this festival. Our endeavor has been to seamlessly blend in world-class production aesthetics to match the powerful music that made a fitting backdrop to this cultural extravaganza.”
The event was produced on a grand scale, with special attention being used to create a natural inclusive backdrop complemented by ambient lighting effects that blended with the natural lighting and surroundings of the park itself. The sound system catered to superior sonic quality throughout the festival, while extra sound systems were added from the second day along with as well as giant screens which were used to bring the festival experience to the farther reaches of the audience. The festival was not only marked by splendid musical performances, but for the first time ever, created an ambience reminiscent of a large scale free for all music festival in the city. The especially curated food court, a definite first at a public festival, served finger foods and a special menu from well known outlets like: Ploof Deli, Urban Kathi, and Burmese Kitchen. It redefined the concept of concert cuisine with original all-American burgers, kathi rolls, khao suey, corn cakes, satay sticks and deli style sandwiches. From thoughtful gestures like traffic marshals to monitor parking areas, and well placed, well lit walkways and accessible utilities, the festival was a one of a kind event for the city of Delhi.