BhIF: Lucky Ali, a popular Indian artist among Bhutanese, and some Indian musical bands like The Vinyl Records and The Koniac Net will perform live during the Bhutan international music festival.

Maqsood Mahmood Ali, popularly known as Lucky Ali, a singer, composer and actor, will perform live at the Changlimithang stadium on February 21 at 4pm, coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty the King.  It will be a paid concert, where all earnings will go to support arts, music and literature in Bhutan.

Lucky Ali, 56, debuted with the album ‘Sunoh’, which secured him many top awards in Indian music, including the Best Pop Male Vocalist at the 1996 Screen Awards, and the Channel V (viewers’ choice) award in 1997.  He released a few albums later.

The versatile artist is known for his distinctive music style and exquisite voice.

The Vinyl Records, another popular indie rock band from Delhi, will also perform at the clock tower square at 1:30pm on February 21, prior to Lucky Ali’s concert.  It’s a free event.

The Vinyl Records also known as TVR, a four-member (all-girl) rock band from northeast India was formed in February 2010.  The band featured on MTV India’s F1 rocks show in 2011.  Their debut 4-track extra play ‘Whims’ was released at Ziro Festival to super reviews in September 2013.  The band had performed numerous other live gigs in many of India’s metropolitan cities.

On February 19, another popular indie rock band from Mumbai, The Koniac Net, will perform at the Clock Tower Square at 5:15pm.  It is a free event as well.

The band transformed from a one-man-project to a five-piece band in June 2012.  The band released their first extra play ‘Abiogenesis’ in February last year, gaining airplay on over 140 radio stations across 31 countries.

In the same year, a panel of international judges of the hard rock rising 2014 selected the band as runner-up winners out of over 10,000 bands worldwide.

The music festival is a part of the Bhutan international festival, the first of its kind in the country.  About 50 international artists and musicians will perform during the festival that will be held in Thimphu from February 14 to 23.

By Dechen Tshomo