India prepares to host jazz festival

7th Mar 2013

Jazz lovers will be preparing to fly to India for a free festival showcasing talent from 10 different nations.

Delhi's Nehru Park will host the third Delhi International Jazz Festival from March 15 to 17. The event, which is the brainchild of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), will include performances from 12 bands from across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

The ICCR came up with the idea in 2011 and the organisation's director general Suresh Goel said he wanted the festival to reflect Delhi's cultural ethos. He said most major world cities have an internationally-renowned jazz festival and he wanted Delhi's event to be on a par with those held in Montreal and Stockholm.

Dr Goel said people of all ages in India listened to and enjoyed jazz. He said the Indian population was interested in a wide variety of music from other countries, including rock, pop and blues as well as jazz.

He added that he thought a jazz festival would appeal to people in India as is "a kind of free-wheeling music that represents freedom".

The three-day festival will be broadcast live over the internet and some of the acts will travel on to other cities in India to perform. The opening day will include performances by the Polish New Bone Quintet, Lindi & Mimi from South Africa, Colombia's Oscar Acevedo Quartet and the Swiss Sylvie Bourban.

Acts on the second day include Sachal Vasandanti, from the US, Radha Thomas from India, the Israeli Ararat and the Oleg Butmen Jazz Trio from Russia.

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