Post-Republic day, Delhi’s weekend kick-started with Gaana Bollywood Music Project – Asia’s largest Bollywood music festival. Gathered in thousands at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the audiences witnessed a breathtaking musical phenomenon. The show featured Bollywood hits along with a dash of Punjabi and Sufi songs. On the whole, the event celebrated Bollywood music like very few have done.
The second season of BMP was all about brilliant collaborated acts. The festival began with Ashish Chhabra’s act which was followed a musical tribute A. R. Rahman.
The tribute was given by Charu Semwal, Harish Moyal, Shashi Suman and Shuchismita Das.
The event then took a lyrical path with Meghna Mishra and Asees Kaur.
On the other hand, BollyYouth feat. Divya Kumar, Mohammed Irfan and Shefali Alvares had the crowd tapping their feet on Kesariya Balam and all-time favourite Dama Dam Mast Kalandar.
It is amazing how the capital, Delhi, played an important part in their musical careers. Just about every artist who took the stage had a story to tell of their journey and how Delhi happened to them. Zephyr and Simar Kaur were exceptional, but the Groove Squad feat. Yasser, Jyotica, Shivangi, Shivi and Sharvi got the crowd dancing.
However, it was Rock Qawwali feat. Farhan Sabri, Paras Mann and Prithiv Gandharv that captivated the audience with ease by presenting a varied mix of songs.
But when Euphoria took the stage, everybody was nostalgic. There was an unexplainable joy in singing along to Maaeri and Dhoom Pichak Dhoom.
“Agar Dilli nahi hota, toh Euphoria nahi hota! It is Delhi which acknowledges non-film and also film music with open arms.” – Euphoria.
As the night went on, the ambience became more ecstatic. After retro and Bollywood hits, it was time for some Punjabi beats with gabru Guru Randhawa and Rafataar.
BMP would be incomplete without the charm of folk music, Nooran Sisters dazzled the audience with Sufi tunes.
This season, Amitabh Bhattacharya made his debut.
It was Benny Dayal and Funktuation feat. The Horn Flakes, Shalmali Kholgade, Sachin – Jigar’s power-packed performance that got the crowd cheering for more.
It was a celebration of girl power when Woomaniya feat. Aditi Singh Sharma, Anusha Mani, Shilpa Rao and Shruti Pathak took to the stage.
Known to strike a chord with his audiences with his soulful voice, but this time Papon won hearts by sharing stories during the act.
While Farhan made an entrance with lines from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, “Dillon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho. Toh zinda ho tum”, Farhan had the audiences cheering. Obviously, they hummed his songs and went crazy as he rocked the stage.
Vishal Bharadwaj started with a bang “Dhan te nan…” followed by an honest confession that he is a singer of the soul which fascinated the crowd.
To sum it up, the event was a musical extravaganza. The initiative from Gaana Bollywood Music Project was incredibly successful. We cannot wait for the next chapter of Bollywood madness.