Mahashivratri provide a common platform for artistes to perform and connoisseurs to appreciate the classical arts. It is an endeavor to preserve and promote the uniqueness, purity and diversity of the nation’s music and dance traditions. Artistic presentations, which in their subtlety and vibrancy evoke the profoundness and depth inherent in India’s ancient culture, provide an opportunity for people from across the world to discover and experience the beauty of these art forms.
Amit Trivedi is an Indian film score composer, music director, singer and lyricist. Post his initial foray into composing for theatre, music albums and advertising, he debuted as a film composer in 2008. His lyrics are bold, unencumbered with affect and yet nuanced in etching out the kaleidoscope of life. Amit Trivedi’s musical repertoire is an eclectic collection of regional genres, jazz, pop, classical music and many other styles. Conferred with the R. D. Burman Award and the Best Background Score at the Filmfare Awards 2010, Mirchi Music Awards for four consecutive years from 2014 to 2017, and the Zee Cine Awards in 2018, Amit Trivedi continues to create a most versatile blend of music.
Hailed as one of the foremost ghazal singers of India, Hariharan’s musical journey covers a phenomenal body of work. Rooted in the Indian Classical tradition, Hariharan embraces the Western Classical style with as much ease. A.R Rahman draws on this potential in their celebrated partnership across multiple films. Together with Leslie Lewis, their band Colonial Cousins won several awards for their eponymous debut album. Twice winner of the prestigious National Award in 1998 and 2009, and the Padma Shri in 2004, several other accolades later Hariharan’s music remains deeply cherished by music lovers.
Schooled in Carnatic vocal, Karthik has sung for many popular music directors, including A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, and Manisharma. He is a prolific multilingual singer who has recorded songs in several languages like Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Someone who believes in reinventing oneself, Karthik exposes himself to music from different parts of the world. As the lead singer for the band called Arka, his performances represent an amalgamation of varied genres. Karthik continues on his musical journey with his forays into independent music with Ondraga Originals.
Sonu Nigam (Special Guest Performance)
Sonu Nigam is a leading Indian singer who rose to acclaim through playback singing in films. Gifted with an extraordinarily melodious voice and versatile talent, Sonu Nigam may well be called one of the best singers of recent times. Some of his accolades include the Swaralaya Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music and the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his work in the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.
Daler Singh Mehndi is a well-known performer, entertainer and an industry-renowned musician. Bought up in a family of musicians, Daler Mehndi started practicing the various iterations of Indian classical music such as Ragas and Shabads from an early age. He has given several hits to the music industry including the world-famous Internet phenomenon Tunak Tunak Tun and Bolo Ta Ra Ra.
Sean Roldan and Friends
Raghavendra, popularly known as Sean Roldan, is a singer and music composer who works for the Tamil film industry. His debut composition won him critical acclaim and praise from all corners. He has worked on Carnatic, independent and film soundtracks, as well as independent Tamil music with his band, Sean Roldan & Friends.