Bellatrix, Parekh and Singh To Play The 2017 Edition Of The Nariyal Paani Music Festival



An award for the most laidback Indian music festival would be a close contest between Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh and Nariyal Paani in Alibaug. While Ziro is great when you finally get there, it involves a roughly 24-hour journey including a flight to Guwahati, an overnight train to Naharlagun and a frequently bumpy car or bus ride that, in inclement weather, could take up to ten hours. Nariyal Paani, on the other hand, is just a short ferry ride away.

For one weekend in January every year, a getaway to Alibaug becomes extra special thanks to the annual event. The 2017 edition, which will be held on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, will feature a line-up of over a dozen acts. As there is plenty of sun and sand, reggae and its associated genres are always well represented. At the upcoming third instalment, the international contingent will be made up of French reggae band Ti Rat and Rouge Reggae; the Goa Reggae Splash All Stars, which includes musicians from around the world; Amsterdam-based Brazilian pop duo Mabassa; and British beatboxer Bellatrix, who performed last year as well.

Also on the bill are Mumbai’s electro-rock band Donn Bhat and Passenger Revelator, ska-fusion group The Fanculos and percussionist Anand Bhagat (who will perform as part of a drum circle); Delhi-based singer-songwriter Jordan Johnson; Kolkata’s electro-pop duo Parekh + Singh, comprising vocalist-composer Nischay Parekh and drummer Jivraj Singh, and fusion outfit Fiddler’s Green; and Bangalore’s experimental pop composer Suman Sridhar. Two supergroups made up of musicians from Mumbai will play the festival: the Coconut Water Band, comprising vocalist-guitarists Ankur Tewari, Clayton Hogermeer and Sidd Coutto and bassist Nathan Thomas; and Karim’s Latin and Groove Big Band, helmed by city-based Sudanese pianist Karim Ellaboudi and featuring singer Vasundhara V., flautist Shirish Malhotra, keyboardist and The Fanculos’s frontman Ramon Ibrahim and bassist Saurabh Suman. Tickets priced at Rs3,800 per person for the festival are being sold on For more information, see here.

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