With an impressive line-up of 11 bands the three-day annual festival brought alive the serene town of Kasauli with music that touched everybody’s soul. Organised by Genesis Foundation, the third edition of the Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival, was kick-started by Valentine Shipley with the 500 odd guests grooving to the player, singer and songwriter’s music.
Prema Sagar of Genesis Foundation, the spirit behind the festival and a music lover herself said, “Genesis Foundation’s Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival has become quite iconic. The number of sponsors and donors has increased and consequently the Foundation is able to support more children. Many music loving people block their hotel rooms several months in advance. The delightful town of Kasauli is abuzz during the festival and more people want to come back each year. A repeat audience reinforces the popularity of the festival and helps us in what is our USP, to save lives of critically ill children.”
Day 1 also saw performances by Kaya, Ministry of Blues, Susmit Sen Chronicles and Indus Creed.
Whirling Kalapas enthralled the audiences on Day 2 with their fusion music and an impressive musician Shanky playing seven different instruments. Bangalore based folk rock fusion band Lagori, stole everybody’s hearts with their foot tapping number Boom Shankar and had the audience grooving to it much after the performance was over. Bands Adi & Suhail, Caralisa Monteiro and Soulmate ensured that Sunday ended with a big bang leaving guests mesmerised.
The festival finale had the old world charm with the Gorkha Regiment Band welcoming guests at the historic Kasauli Club. Atul Ahuja’s Jazz and Love Ballads were enjoyed by all alongside a sumptuous brunch served at the club.
“When Music brings people together and helps to heal, it has truly achieved what it’s meant to do; touch your soul and stir your conscience like no other art form can!” said Rohit Varma who especially flew in from Bangalore to attend the event with friends. Sumit Makhija, who has been part of this festival from year one, felt that the experience has only gotten better. “The first year was a very good, maiden effort. Last year was so much better and this year the wine has only mellowed further and perfect,” said Sumit, sipping his beer on a warm Sunday afternoon.
About Genesis Foundation
Started by Prema Sagar and Jyoti Sagar, the Genesis Foundation is an NGO for children that works in providing life-saving and life-changing medical and financial support to critically ill children who are from orphanages or whose family income is less than Rs.7,000 per month. The foundation works in the area of cancer, cardiac disorder, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities.
Prema who launched Genesis PR (now Genesis Burson-Marsteller) more than 20 years ago, is an avid music lover. She had always dreamt of a Woodstock style music festival in India. She along with a small group of friends decided to drive up to Kasauli one weekend only to enjoy their favourite music in the tranquil ambience. The trip was an instant hit with music lover friends, encouraging her to start planning a music event with the Foundation team. The team found support from the Rolling Stone magazine and Jack Daniels, and the Kasauli Rythm & Blues Festival was conceived.
This event which is in association with Jack Daniels was also supported by leading corporates Mini, Tata Housing, Daikin, Max India Foundation, Godrej, Lemon Tree, Kingfisher, Pepsi, Pepsi MTV Indies and ACTFAQs. The event has also had the support of Rolling Stone magazine as event partner, and Baikunth Resorts as venue partner, for three years.