Remember the 80s Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor romances where they woo their lady love with some good, old live music. Looks like Hyderabad is in love with some live music in their weekend menu when they dine out. Although foot tapping music continues to attract the youth to the dance floor, there are scores of guests who swear by the soulful experience of live performances. Here are five live performers who have kept the magic alive.
Text: Nishad Neelambaran
Pic: A Suresh Kumar
Adding to Taj Falaknuma’s beauty is the saxophonist Dumbira who reignites the Jade Terrace daily and the Grills over the weekends. Her high octane performances surely makes it a quintessential performance for the audience. She plays Hindi songs on her saxophone with karoke in the background. Surprisingly, she does not know about Bollywood music or the language. Her music from the saxophone replaces the vocals in the song along with the karaoke. Dumbira performs at Taj Falaknuma Palace daily from 7 pm – 11pm.
Jack, the front man of Jukebox 2.0, is a person who will surely make your evening a memorable one. Jack, who has been with The Westin since 2010 with his two-member band, believes that live performance has still got its audience. “Yes, DJ Nights have over-shadowed live performances to an extent, but the discerning and educated listener will always prefer good live music.” Jukebox 2.0 performs at The Westin from Tuesday – Sunday in the evening 7 pm – 11 pm.
Park Hyatt believes Hyderabad loves music and all that jazz. They roped in Canadian singer Kate Bowen to give their guests a royal experience of live jazz. Kate has been associated with the Hyatt since 2012 and is known for rendition of the particular genre. Elaborating on how she feels that DJ nights have not diluted the audience for live performances she said, “I think there’s an audience for both. In my experience in India, there are lots of places with DJs, loud party music and karaoke. However, that’s completely different than what we do at the Park Hyatt. So people can sit, relax, have a drink or some food and unwind to the mellow, soothing vibes.” Kate performs at Hyatt from Tuesday – Sunday from 7.30 pm – 11 pm.
Celebrated Indian jazz singer Sonia Saigal has become a sensation in the city and has been associated with Taj Hotels for almost a decade now. Sonia was in Mumbai and Kolkata before she set foot in the city three weeks ago at Taj Krishna. Speaking about her experience, Sonia who comes from a family of musicians says, “The culture here is different from Mumbai where the guests ask for more numbers, or Kolkata where they send in more requests or Goa and Delhi where they join me in the singing. Hyderabad has more discerning audience where they like to silently savour their food with music. However, I have had requests on special occasions and they are receptive by complimenting me occasionally.” She performs at Seasons Bar at Taj Krishna every night from 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm.