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News |  13 Jan 2011 13:14 |  By Tarachand Wanvari

Music events big in Airtel Bengaluru Habba this year

BANGALORE: Music is a major part of the Airtel Bangaluru Habba this year. The 8th edition of the 15-day event organized by the Artists Foundation for Arts (AFFA) in association with Bharti Airtel, will be the confluence of a large diversity of people on a common platform to witness performances across all art forms. Eleven music related performances will be held at different venues in the city.

Performances of World Music by Laya Taranga, Swatantra Rock by Eka and Bollywood music by Kailash Kher are some of the events that have been planned for this year's edition of the Habba.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Guru Kiran, Kadri Gopinath, Dr Padma Subramaniam are some of the noted artists performing in the city during the 15-day festival. There will be no entrance fees for any of the Habba performances and everyone is free.

Speaking about Airtel's continued support and alliance with the Bengaluru Habba and AFFA, Venkatesh V, CEO Mobile Services Karnataka Circle, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said,  This is Airtel's fifth year of relationship with the Bengaluru Habba, and this has truly been a platform that has enhanced our brand's association with the state. We wish to express our gratitude to the people of Karnataka for making us a preferred brand -- accentuating our state's cultural identity is one of our ways of doing it. The habba is truly this city's own festival -- bringing together the young and old, the classic and contemporary....

It is also a great opportunity to watch great legends perform; a matter of pride indeed,... added AFFA Trustee Nandini Alva.

Living up to Bangalore's image of a culturally rich yet cosmopolitan city, the Habba this year brings together art forms as varied and diverse as local folk and tribal dance, classical plays and performing arts, modern rock and jazz music, and traditional craft– thus capturing the spirit of cultural fusion.

The Habba promises to be an exciting and entertaining offering for Bengaluru's youth - with a number of activities and events designed to engage and involve them. The Karnataka Film Fraternity's involvement in this year's Habba will also add a flavour to the festival. Another important inclusion to take the Habba to another level is the IIM cultural fest UNMAAD.