New Delhi: Coke Studio, the popular musical concept that brings under one banner styles and genres from different parts of the country, is all set to rock India after conquering Pakistani music lovers over three colourful seasons.
The sets are ready. The studio is complete. For the Indian music fans, it's an agonising wait until June 17, 7 pm when Coke Studio debuts in India. The much acclaimed musical show that started in Pakistan brings together the maestros of the music industry as well as the rising stars. It also brings together talent from different parts of the country on one stage.
Coke Studio first started in Pakistan in 2008 and has completed three seasons there. While the fourth season is on in Pakistan, the show is a rage among youths. With singers from Pakistani folk and sufi background, Pakistan's Coke Studio has been enthralling the music fans with some of the greatest jam sessions in the history of music.
Coke Studio India brings together mainstream Bollywood, Sufi and folk singers from all parts of India.
For the hardcore music fan, Coke Studio is a treat, with an attempt to bring all the music in India on one stage and create a fusion of sorts. The gigs of Indian bands, the dhol of Indian folk, the raga of Indian classical, the spirit of Indian sufi and the beat of Bollywood, all get together on the sets of Coke Studio for jamming and jugalbandi.
The man who controls the music
Former 'Colonial Cousin' member Leslie Lewis is the music director for Coke Studio at MTV. Apart from the huge success of 'Colonial Cousins' with Hariharan, Leslie Lewis also has some of the greatest songs like Sunitha Rao's 'Pari Hoon Main' and KK's 'Pal' to his credit.
On Coke Studio at MTV, while Leslie takes charge of the control room, he will also be seen playing some of his melodies as a Coke Studio artist.
Kailash Kher will jam with Chinna Ponnu
Coke Studio India's first season will bring forth some of the most unheard, unseen combinations. It will see a mix of the sufi fusion music of Kailash Kher with the folk music of the Tamil singer Chinna Ponnu in a lively jamming session.
It will also be interesting to see what kind of music is made when mainstream Bollywood singers like Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma get along with rising stars like sufi singer Harshdeep, Delhi band Advaita and folk singers like Khagen Gogoi.
The show will also have puritans of music like the Wadali Brothers. The show crosses boundaries with Pakistani Qawwali group Sabri brothers and singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, singing their bests and joining hands with Indian musicians at Coke Studio India.
All in all, Coke Studio is going to blend music from all corners of India and even from some corners of the world, to give musical fans a high of many kinds of fusions.
Coke Studio Pakistan raises India expectations
Coke Studio Pakistan has created a brand of its own over the last three years with three successful seasons. Some of its experiments of bringing together Pakistan's sufi and folk maestro Arif Lohar and a percussion based fusion band vocalist Meesha Shafi, have been highly successful even among the Indian music lovers online.
With the hypnotising jam sessions of Coke Studio Pakistan, the expectations for Coke Studio India are high. The Facebook fan page of Coke Studio at MTV has crossed 1.5 lakh fans and is growing each day.
While the promos of Coke Studio are keeping Indian music lovers curious for Coke Studio India, it remains to be seen whether the strings of the show strike the right chords with the fans.
The list of artists in Coke Studio India includes – eclectic Delhi band Advaita, Bollywood singer Akriti Kakkar (has sung in films such as Namastey London and Johny Gaddar), Singer Benny Dayal (has sung in films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Delhi 6), Carnatic music vocalist Bombay Jayashree, Tamil folk singer Chinna Ponnu, Indian band Colonial Cousins (formed by Hariharan and Leslie Lewis), Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur (winner of Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka at NDTV Imagine), fusion singer Kailash Kher, Bihu specialist Khagen Gogoi, singer Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK), Assamese singer Mausam Gogoi, fusion vocalist Raghu Dixit, Indian classical musician Ustad Rashid Khan, devotional and playback singer Richa Sharma, Pakistani Qawwali group Sabri Brothers, Saurav Mandal,Bollywood playback singer Shaan, Pakistan singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, Bollywood music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan, Bollywood playback singer Shruti Pathak, Sunidhi Chauhan, and sufi maestros Wadali Brothers.
Watch, listen and enjoy
Coke Studio is not one of the music shows where there'll be participants, competition, or judges. It's a musical show that will let the fans just watch and listen to the jam sessions and enjoy.
While the bigwigs of music will bring together contemporary, traditional, mainstream and offbeat music, the Indian viewers do not have the responsibility of making one of them win, vote for them. One can just sit back and enjoy the jugalbandi at Coke Studio just like a musical concert.
Coke Studio at MTV plays its first tune on June 17 at 7 pm. With promises of some of the greatest never seen before jugalbandis, one is waiting to see if Coke Studio India can turn out to be one of the biggest musical bonanzas on Indian television and in the Indian music industry.<b>Here are the promos of Coke Studio at MTV:</b><br><br> <iframe width="100%" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hT1IMgyHUKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br> <iframe width="100%" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z3-gOVqF2Ks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br> <iframe width="100%" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-W8N3v3g2q4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br> <iframe width="100%" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FfH6QRIuf0Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>