Guwahati get ready to shake a leg and sing along as your favourite singer-composers Lucky Ali, Benny Dayal set the stage on fire at the 4th edition of the International Music Festival (GIMF), which will be held from February 28 to March 1.
Besides Dayal and Ali, the two-day festival, to be held at Shilpgram in Guwahati, will see performances by some of the finest musicians from Goa, Nepal, UK, USA, Germany, China and Bangladesh. Benny Dayal’s band Funktuation, as well as Thailand based folk-fusion super group Asia7 too would be performing.
The festival will be preceded by a first-of-its-kind “Northeast India Music Conference” which will be attended by leaders of the music industry. The conference will be held on February 28 at NEDFi House.
Organized by Eastern Beats Music Society in collaboration with North Eastern Council, the Festival will witness performances by over 500 artists from 6 countries and delegates from over 10 countries of Asia. The event is expected to give a tremendous boost to people-to-people connectivity through arts as envisaged in the Act East Policy.
“We are all set to host the fourth edition of the GIMF after conducting auditions across the Northeast. This year’s edition will be the biggest so far. GIMF 2020 is set to bring together over 10,000 people and 500 participating performing arts professionals and enthusiasts,” said Aiyushman Dutta, founder of GIMF.
Additionally, Northeast Indian Food Festival will also be held where ethnic stalls from all Northeastern States will be set up.
“Besides serving as a platform for interaction among musicians, music professionals, music lovers, music trade firms and music institutes, the festival is also being organised to initiate cross-cultural dialogue among people and artistes from the region with those from others parts of the world, with special emphasis on creating new vistas with countries of Southeast Asia and Asia,” Dutta added.
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.