Paddy Fields 2017: Come reap a bountiful harvest of Indian folk music

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Paddy Fields 2017 at NESCO Centre, Goregaon will host renowned Indian folk and fusion vocalists 

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This year’s Paddy Fields salutes women performers and propels folklore into the limelight. With an exclusive line-up of India’s best and most unique female folk and fusion artists, it creates a platform for women story tellers in our country to take center stage. India’s only folk and fusion music festival, Paddy Fields 2017 has created a platform for talented artists across rural and urban India.

In its second edition this year, Paddy Fields 2017 brings on board the likes of Shubha Mudgal, Susheela Raman, Sona Mohapatra and Sonam Kalra. Over two days – October 7 and 8, these women – hailing the key role that their ilk plays in the continuing of any socio-cultural tradition – will stage mesmerising performances.

We got a glimpse of what to expect at an intimate press meet that saw Sona Mohapatra, Susheela Raman. Sunita Bhuyan and Kalpana Patowary sharing their excitement for Paddy Fields 2017. The ever-frank Sona put forth strong questions on the prevalence of mainstream music, the need for women artists to be categorised as per gender as well as why events such as this are of significance.

(L_R) Susheela Raman, Kalpana Patowary, Sona Mohapatra, Sunita
bhuyan and Pankhi Dutta

Paddy Fields 2017 focuses on massive revival of soul music and promises to take the genre of folk music to a new level by giving regional musicians and artists a larger platform. It also offers a heady mix of fusion giving the festival a modern-day context.

This year’s show will feature specially curated songs including Khasi Blues, Bhojpuri, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Punjab. Meghalaya, Assam and Delhi. While Sonam Kalra, Susheela Raman, Sunita Bhuyan, Nooran Sisters would be performing on October 7, 6 pm onwards, it would be Shubha Mudgal, Kalpana Patowary, Tipriti Kharbhangar and Sona Mohapatra to entertain the music lovers on October 8, Sunday.

Mumbai-based Assamese violinist Sunita Bhuyan, known for playing Bihu, said, ‘I am really excited to perform at Paddy Fields this year. It is an honor to perform with the great list of women singers. Folk is mostly termed to be more played by the male and not females, so this will change the complete perspective with women performing folk music. I am really happy that a lot of importance is now given to the folk music and looking forward for the event’.

Shubha Mugdal, Padma Shri awardee singer and composer said, “This event is a great platform for the known star singers in metro cities and folk singers to perform on the same platform. We have very talented folk singers in remote areas of the country and listening to them is a treat. I am happy that such an event is being initiated by Nesco in Mumbai.”

When you need to experience something truly unique in the heart of Mumbai, you go for events such as Paddy Fields 2017. Tales Sown, Reaped, Grown and Retold is the tagline. Find a tale you may have forgotten and relive it here. Or learn many more new ones. Carry all of these back home with you. They will enrich your own narrative and compose melodies amidst your days. That, after all, is what music means to the world at large. And it sure will for anyone attending Paddy Fields 2017.

Tickets for Paddy Fields 2017 can be bought on all major online ticketing portals.



Dates: October 7-8
Venue: NESCO Centre, Goregaon E

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