A little less than an hour out of Pune, ensconced in post-monsoon lush hills, exuding historic charm, Fort JadhavGADH has everything you would need for a rejuvenating weekend. Add music and a chance to give back to society, and you have a mix that re-energises you body, mind and soul.
The second edition of Genesis Foundation’s JadhavGADH Music Festival had all this and more. The weather gods smiled as the hailstorm of the previous days was forgotten and the sun shone on the festivities at the Fort. After all, the Festival had a worthy aim—to raise financial support for the medical treatment of 10 critically ill children. This noble cause brought 200 people and 5 fantastic brands together for an evening that was not just magical, but transcendental because of the way everyone came forward to do their bit—the bands, the audience, the sponsors, the organisers and of course, the GF team.
After rigorous sound checks and tune-ups, the evening was kicked off by GeetuHinduja. Someone who believes that music should be a celebration for life, GeetuHinduja is a Mumbai-based singer/songwriter, who has been performing for over two decades. With her guitar, Geetu’s songs tell vivid and evocative stories picked from experiences and inspirations from life.From soulful to foot tapping, Geetu set the mood for the evening. From Hope and Shivoham to a cover of Boots are Made for Walking, Geetu took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, giving the evening just the perfect start.
Setting the stage on fire from get-go, AtulAhuja was next. He got people up and excited with classic rock covers, including I Feel Good, Soul Man and Where the Streets Have No Name, among others. This was one high-octane performance that had everyone clapping and singing along.
From classic rock to Indian folk/fusion—Swarathmacame next, giving the audience yet another reason to sway, tap their feet and even jump in abandon. Starting with their hit Topiwalleh, followed by the super soulful Sur Mera, Swarathma drew the audience in and then let loose some high-energy numbers, including Koorane, which brought out the animal spirit in everyone.
Taking a funk and EDM turn, Shaair n Func changed the mood again, turning the venue into a dance floor. Known as one of the most fascinating musical duos in alternative and electronic music genre, Shaai’r and Func is a Mumbai-based music band that was formed in 2007.
Bringing the evening to a close—and what a close!—were Parikrama, who gave yet another power-packed performance. Kicking off with Am I Dreaming, they played crowd favourites, including Vaporize and Xerox, and closing the night with Whiskey Blues.
As night fell, the audience walked away with the satisfaction that it was an evening well spent. There would be 10 smiling faces that would agree with them.