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Baajaa Gaajaa 2013 cancelled

The multi-genre festival slated to begin in November has been called off this year owing to challenges posed at the venue

Rolling Stone India Oct 23, 2013
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Baajaa Gaajaa, the annual independent music festival in Pune organized by renowned classical musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan of Underscore Records, was moved to Ahmedabad this year for its fifth and final edition. The festival, which was announced in June this year was called off in September. The official statement on Baajaa Gaajaa’s Facebook page reads:  “It is with great disappointment that we inform all music lovers that we have received an email recently from SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) – our presenters for Baajaa Gaajaa 2013, stating that the SEWA Coordination Committee considers it unadvisable to hold any major public event in Ahmedabad in the coming months. This means that the festival has lost its only presenter, and we have therefore had to cancel the festival.” The festival was slated to be held between November 20th and December 1st with a yet-to-be-announced lineup.

Baajaa Gaajaa has been a significant festival marked by its diverse line-up with a fine mix of traditional Indian classical, alternative and international artists in its previous editions. The festival has showcased artists from an array of genres like jazz, folk fusion, Hindustani and Carnatic among others, with free entry to enable an equally diverse crowd pull. Baajaa Gaajaa has seen the likes of santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma, Carnatic vocalist Dr Balamurali Krishna, Kolkata experimental rockers Pinknoise, jazz and funk collaborative duo Adil and Vasundhara, Australian percussionist Ben Walsh, guitarist Dhruv Visvanath, Bangladeshi dhak players Dilip Das and group and many more. The festival also played host to film screenings and a music conclave in the past. 

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