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About The Event

South Asian Bands Festival, now in its sixth edition, will be held from December 7, 2012 to December 9, 2012 at Purana Qila from 6:00 p.m. onwards daily. Presented by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs & SEHER, the festival will feature fifteen popular rock bands from across nine nations of the sub-continent. Entry is free. For further details, one can log on to


While India is being represented by the famous Bollywood singer-composer Clinton Cerejo who has films like Vicky Donor, Saat Khoon Maaf, Wake Up Sid, Ishqiya, Rock On, Yuvraaj etc to his credit apart from Nasya (New Delhi), Tough on Tobacco (Mumbai), Shkabang (Mumbai), Digital Suicide (Assam), Shaair & Func (Mumbai) and Galeej Gurus (Bangalore), what is certainly going to be a highlight feature of the festival is Noori, the band from Lahore, Pakistan. Noori was formed in 1996 by songwriterlead vocalist and guitarist, Ali Noor, along with his younger brother Ali Hamza, and is considered as one of the pioneering forces behind what is dubbed at the "21st Century pop revolution of Pakistan". District Unknown, the first metal band of Afghanistan, with member all under the age of 24, is the other name to watch out for.


The other rock bands are Souls (Bangladesh), Thriloka (Sri Lanka), E- SA & His Troupe (Maldives), The Likens (Bhutan), Blaze (Myanmar) and Jindabaad (Nepal), all of whom are making their debut at the South Asian Bands Festival.


Suresh Goel, Director General, ICCR says: “South Asian Bands Festival is one of the most prominent and popular initiative of ICCR. The festival aims at uniting the whole South Asian region through a youthful energy emanating through rock music and articulates awareness about South-Asian regional cultural themes. ICCR is proud that South Asian Bands Festival is the only festival which brings all these countries, especially the youth, together on one stage through music which is so refreshing.”


Sanjeev Bhargava, Festival Director, SABF 2012 says: “In the packed cultural calendar of Delhi, the annual South Asian Bands Festival stands out as one of the most popular music festivals of India. It’s magical to see people from all ages throng to the majestic Purana Qila in thousands every year to enjoy the best of South Asian Rock music. This year we are happy that the Delhi University and its students are also getting involved to be an

integral part of this major Public Diplomacy initiative that has brought artists from South Asia closer than ever before.”




Day 1: Friday, Dec 7, 2012, from 6 p.m. onwards


* Nasya (New Delhi)

* Souls (Bangladesh)

* Thriloka (Sri Lanka)

* Tough on Tobacco (Mumbai)

* Noori (Pakistan)


Day 2: Saturday, Dec 8, 2012, from 6 p.m. onwards


*E-SA (Maldives)

*Digital Suicide (Assam)

*Shkabang (Mumbai)

* Blaze (Myanmar)

*Shaair + Func (Mumbai)


Day 3: Sunday Dec 9, 2012, from 6 p.m. onwards


* The Likens (Bhutan)

*District Unknown (Afghanistan)

*Galeej Gurus (Bangalore)

*Jindabaad (Nepal)

*Clinton Cerejo (Mumbai)


(Schedule subject to change)


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