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The Bollywood Music Project promises a line-up of celebrity voices

Two days, more than 50 artistes exploring six genres of Bollywood music and an expected footfall of over 30,000. All this and more awaits you at the first edition of the Bollywood Music Project (BMP) which will be held in Mumbai. With performers ranging from Sonakshi Sinha (who will be performing a 40-minute set), Amit Trivedi and Papon (of Barfi and Dum Maaro Dum fame) amongst others, the festival is touted to be Asia’s largest multi-genre music festival. We catch up with two of the most unconventional yet popular names in the Bollywood music industry – Rekha Bhardwaj and Badshah who will be seen performing at the fest.

The rapstar
With Bolo Har Har Har (Shivaay) gaining popularity, Badshah has successfully made it to the big league with his Kaala Chashma (Baar Baar Dekho) still topping the charts. The rapper says that rap is a growing genre in India. “There is a parallel movement of both underground and commercial Hip Hop that is gaining momentum in the Indian Music Scene,” says the Delhi-based artiste. At BMP, catch him giving his own twist to Bollywood classics with his band, in addition to his regular tracks.

Soulful melodies
Mumbai-based Rekha Bhardwaj, whose most recent outing in Tum Bin 2’s revival of Koi Fariyaad has been trending all over the Internet, feels that the digital space has changed the music scene in a big way. “Nobody makes CDs anymore. Casettes are redundant and anyone can post their song on the web. It’s a huge revolution,” she says. Her 45-minute will include songs from her first album Ishqa Ishqa (2002) as well as her film songs
September 30- October 1. At Reliance Jio Garden, Mumbai. Tickets `2,000 upwards on bookmyshow.com

Sonakshi Sinha, who sang live at IIFA two years ago, will  be performing her single Ishqholic, Joganiya from Tevar, Rajj Rajj Ke from Akira in addition to other numbers. The actress who is working on her next single shares that her list of inspirations include Rekha Bhardawaj, Sona Mohapatra and Kanika Kapoor.
— Simar Bhasin

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