Guwahati(Assam),Mar 2: The inaugural day of the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival at Shilpgram in Guwahati witnessed power-packed performances by various bands from across South East Asia on Saturday.
Popular Thai Folk-Jazz band Asia7 performed at the festival before Funktuation featuring Benny Dayal enthralled the audience on the inaugural day of the two-day festival. The stage also witnessed performances by Reunion Island band Dogo Fara.
Earlier on the day, the Northeast competition round witnessed the performances by T Vanlalhmangaihi from Mizoram, Paradigm Shift of Nagaland and Salt and Light Travelling Band.
Later, the stage witnessed performances by Arupjyoti Baruah, Sound Of The Hills, Md. Shahjahan Munshi and Gayen.
Organized by Eastern Beats Music Society in collaboration with North Eastern Council, , the 4th Guwahati International Music Festival will showcase a line-up that brings together some of the most significant artists from the Asian circuit along with the leading stakeholders of the industry, literally making GIMF a global powerhouse in the music scene.
On March 1, popular Bollywood singer Lucky Ali will perform at the festival along with a host of bands from across the region.
Entry to the festival is free. The festival was preceded by a first-of-its-kind “Northeast India Music Conference” at NEDFi House which saw participation of industry leaders, benefiting the musicians of the region.
A brainchild of Northeast-based writer and cultural activist Aiyushman Dutta, the idea of Guwahati International Music Festival was mooted way back in 2010 in order to provide a platform wherein musical maestros from across the globe can share stage and collaborate with our indigenous music and cultural practitioners.
In the first two editions, the festival had helped create new vistas for cultural collaborations of our topmost Northeastern folk exponents with the finest of musicians from Goa, Nepal, UK, USA, Germany, China, Bangladesh, and the like.