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    on women, the Diva Music Festival debuts with musicians from across the country.

    ITa��S A festival celebrating women, alright, but ita��s music that will take centre-stage at theA�two-day Diva Music Festival which is a shout-out to women who can shred, slap and beat. The festival a�� organised for the first time by the Phoenix Marketcitya��will bring in diverse sounds (with six performances) that have been inspiring millennial women musicians from across the country.

    Setting the tone
    The Diva CollectiveA�startedA�off as a one-off gig bringing toge ther notable female talent of the city. a�?Gender is notA� an influencingA� factor on theA� numbers weA� perform,a�? says one of the vocalists KavitaA� Thomas, a 29-year-old lawyer, who is now a full-time artiste and founder of The Madras Stage which promotes music events in the city.A� She does acknowledge though that girl bands will always getA�tagged and be appealing for that very reason.A�TheA�multigenreA�collective hopes to perform some jazz, soul andA�RNBA�numbers at the event, with five women vocalists and three accompanying instrumentalists.

    First impressions
    Delhi-based The Vinyl Records (a band of four girls from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam) will be debuting in the city. What started off as a band by schoolmates united by their love of rock, today finds inspiration in girl bands like the Swedish, all-women power pop house, Sahara Hotnights, and Brazilian rock band CSS. a�?Wea��re looking at playing some of the tracks from our next album, yet to be titled.A� The tracks are just about life really, some do touch upon feminism,a�? saysA�MinamA�Tekseng, the banda��s bassist fromA�Arunachal Pradesh. The six-year-old banda�� comprising women in the 25-30 age group a��with one EP titled Whims to its credit, also looks to perform Blood Red Shoesa�� Ita��s Getting Boring by the Sea.

    Chasing a song
    For songwriter and vocalist Shakthisree Gopalan, the gig will be an opportunity to present songs of women songwriters she admires. Accompanied by four male instrumentalists, she plans on playing covers of the American songwriter Jill Scott, besides British songwriter Imogen Heap, whom she hails for singlehandedly writing, producing and mixing her own music. She also plans on a groovy track by Grammy-winning songwriter, Esthelle Swaray. a�?I will perform Wake Up from an upcoming experimental and electronic collaborative work with Prashanth Techno,a�? says the 27-year-old.The festival also featuresA�gigs by the finalist of the singing reality show, TheStage,A�Soundarya
    Jayachandran,A�Dehradun-based YouTube sensation, Shraddha Sharma, and Mumbai-based songwriter and vocalist, Alisha Pais.
    OnA�July 30 and 31, at the Courtyard fromA�6 pmA�onwards.A�Details: 30083007

    a��Sharadha Narayanan


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