Indian rock, fusion and folk artists will travel to Leh for the inaugural edition of the Ladakh International Music Festival from April 30 to May 4. The festival will be held at Sonam Wangchuk Stadium.
The lineup announced so far includes fusion/rock veterans from New Delhi in the Indian Ocean, Nagaland folk band Tetseo Sisters, Assamese singer-songwriter Joi Barua and his band, Mumbai band The Yellow Diary and New Delhi prog band Parashara. Two DJs have been confirmed so far – New Delhi DJ Ali Burrni and saxophonist and electronic artist Anna Radko. In addition to the headlining performances, six rock bands from Ladakh will participate in a competition whose prizes have not yet been announced. Ladakhi artists like Faisal Ashoor, Dashugs and Rolyangs are also expected to represent the local music circuit.
The first stage of the festival runs from April 30 to May 2. On May 4, the second leg will see a tribute by artists including Barua to the martyrs of Galwan and the Indian Army battle at one of the world’s tallest war memorials, Rezang La. Performing at over 16,000 feet above sea level, Barua will also launch the Rezang La Anthem, composed by the artist and his band. Bollywood actors such as Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumar are expected as guests.
Barua, Program Director of the Ladakh International Music Festival, said in a statement, “I am so honored to bring this festival and my music to the sacred land of Ladakh. I am aware of its special history in the context of Rezang La. It is our tribute to the spirit of Ladakh and the Indian army. This festival will be proud to present the rich musical talent of Ladakh to the rest of the world. Like [it’s] a first initiative, I’m so excited to see what surprises we have in store.
The Ladakh International Music Festival takes place at Sonam Wangchuk Stadium in Leh from April 30 to March 4. Get more details here.