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Electronic music yet to find fans in India: festival organiser

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The capital recently hosted its first ever electronic music festival - Global Groove Festival - but organiser Amit Saigal says the genre is not so popular here and is appreciated by select audiences only.

2009-12-22T18:57:00Z
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New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The capital recently hosted its first ever electronic music festival - Global Groove Festival - but organiser Amit Saigal says the genre is not so popular here and is appreciated by select audiences only.

'It is true that electronic music in India is still restricted to niche audience and has not found mass liking, but I'm glad that its popularity is growing,' Saigal of RSJ Events, who managed the Global Groove Festival, told IANS.

Global Groove, an event put together by DJ Ralph Christoph, the director of Germany's annual urban pop culture festival - Cologne On Pop, took place Dec 17-20.

Apart from the artistes, 80 delegates from countries like Germany, Iceland and Spain came down to participate in a conference to shed light on the state of electronic music in India as well as other parts of the world.

'In the past five years, electronic music has grown in the country. But there was no big platform to showcase it. It was an isolated scene. Hence we organised this event to tell the world what India has to offer,' added Saigal.

While electronic music is played around the world, in India bands like Midival Punditz are popularising it.

'This is just the beginning, we will organise this festival every year,' said Saigal.

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