If you are from Mumbai, I bet you would be well familiar with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. KGAF is the country’s largest multicultural festival, created to draw attention to this unique and beautiful area in Mumbai. The Festival this year will open doors from Saturday 6th February to 17th February 2016 (Extended by three days at Cross Maidan for Make In India Festival). With a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in store, this 12-day extravaganza promises a cultural palate like never before witnessed!

Since I am a DJ and music plays a crucial part if my (and everyone’s) life, I am very excited to see what #PepeJeansMusicFestival has in-store for us this year. The invigorating line up for this season is:

7th February:

Members Of The Symphony Orchestra Of India 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm at Cross Maidan

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan & Sons (Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan) 6:30 pm – 7:00pm at Cross Maidan

Samarpan 7:50 pm -8:20 pm at cross maidan

Luke Kenny 8:30 pm – 9:05 pm at cross maidan

Sandhya Sanjana 9:20 pm – 9:50 pm at cross maidan

11th February:

Consulate General Of Canada 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Somaiya Centre

Smita Belur 6:30 pm – 6:50 pm at Cross Maidan

Madhushree 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Cross Maidan

Chintan Katti & Friends 7:45 pm – 8:20 pm at Cross Maidan

Johan 8:40 pm – 9:10 pm at Cross Maidan

Natalie Di Luccio 9:25 pm – 9:50 pm at Cross Maidan

12th February:

Anit & Saumitra 5:30 pm – 5:50 pm at Cross Maidan

Nush Lewis 6:00 pm – 6:20 pm at Cross Maidan

Nir Koren (Israel) 6:30 pm – 7:10 pm at Cross Maidan

Adil Manuel Kollectiv 8:10 pm – 8:50 pm at Cross Maidan

Dee Woods + Emily Karpilk + Becky Kilabuk (Canada) 8:05 – 8:30pm at Cross Maidan

Prateek Kuhad 9:00 pm – 9:50 pm at cross maidan

13th February:

Alien Chutney 6:20 pm – 7:40 pm at Asiatic Steps

Shibani Kashyap 8:00 pm – 8:40 pm at Asiatic Steps

Karsh Kale 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Asiatic Steps

14th February:

Consulate General Of Canada 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Artists’ Centre

Clinton Cerejo 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm at Asiatic Steps

Aayushmann Khurrana 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Asiatic steps

As you can see from the above kick-ass line up that this year, the music at KGAF will be unique and versatile to say the least. It will feature legends like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan but also upcoming independent musicians. Young Bollywood singers and established veteran jazz musicians all on the same platform . I am super pumped to attend all the shows this season but honestly there are 5 artists who I cannot, under any circumstances effort to miss, So the top 5 artists I am looking forward to watching this seasons are:


1. Luke Kenny

After his astounding performance in the movie “Rock On” I bet Luke Kenny has made a place in your heart when in comes to Indi-rock. He is also a well known VJ, musician and actor from Mumbai. Today he will be performing a set of Bollywood songs with a rock-n-roll twist, something I feel we all need to look out for.


2. Alien Chutney

Alien Chutney is India’s premiere comedy-rock band consists of Vir Das, Sidd Coutto, Gaurav Gupta, Warren Mendonsa and Kaizad Gherda. Brain child of Comedian Vir Das, Alien Chutney is a mix of sophisticated original music with insane and retarded lyrics. Its completely rabid and yet entirely relatable, unexpected and yet familiar. Punch lines meets riffs as music gets funny with the band’s original compositions on a range of subjects, from the difference between Delhi and Bombay girls, a blues song about village men, a punk song about funkalicious pakodas, parsi love songs, tributes to himesh, death metal songs, pop songs, fusion jazz tracks call jezzy jezzy, to the key to good love with your sabziwalli.

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3. Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale is an Indian American musician, producer and composer, and is considered one of the pioneering figures in defining the Asian Underground genre by mixing disparate genres of music such as Indian classical and folk with electronica, rock, pop and ambient music. In addition to production, remixing, and DJ work, Kale is known for his tabla drumming and film composition.


4. Clinton Cerejo

Clinton Cerejo is an Indian music producer and singer. His range of work includes playback singing, vocal arrangements, musical arrangements, background scores, music programming, production. His unique style and musical enthusiasm has attracted various collaborations with many leading Indian composers.

Ayushmann Khuranna HYD
Ayushmann Khuranna HYD

5. Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana needs no introduction, this heartthrob is a well-known singer and actor. With songs like Mitti Di Khushboo, Yahin Hoon Main, Saadi Galli Aaja (To name a few) he is one of my personal favourites and really happy that Pepe Jeans India got him on board this season! Ladies (and gentlemen) his performance is something that I bet everyone who is attending KGAF this year wouldn’t want to miss.

I will be available on 7th (Today) and from 11th to 14th of February at Kala Ghoda for the Music festival and hope to see you all too!

Catch all the madness on #PepeJeansMusicFestival and on Pepe Jeans India’s Facebook, Instagram & Twitter page.

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