The first-ever Ladakh International Music Festival will be held at Sonam Wangchuk Stadium in Leh from April 30.
The four-day event will feature performances by popular rock bands, a rock band competition among local talent and a special tribute to the Indian Army at one of the world’s tallest war memorials, Rezang The.
Bands like ‘Indian Ocean’, ‘The Yellow Diary’, ‘Parashara’, ‘Tetseo Sisters’ from Nagaland, EDM DJ Ali Burrni and DJ Anna are some of the names that will captivate festival audiences. All performances from April 30 to May 2 will be held at Sonam Wangchuk Stadium in Leh.
Additionally, the event will be honored by Indian Army frontline warriors and Bollywood entertainers Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumar. In its second half, the Ladakh International Music Festival will pay special tribute to the Galwan Martyrs and Indian Army Veterans at Rezang La (18,045ft) on the afternoon of May 4 by launching the anthem Rezang La.
Ladakh’s first international music festival will be organized by Picturetime in collaboration with the Indian Army. Music composer Joi Barua and his band will perform the new anthem with Picturetime in metaverse/VR format for the Rezang La memorial.
Commenting on the occasion, Music Composer, Joi Barua who is also Program Director, LIMF said, “I am so honored to bring this festival and my music to the sacred land of Ladakh. I am aware of its special history in the context of Rezang La. It is our tribute to the spirit of Ladakh and the Indian army. This festival will be proud to present the rich musical talent of Ladakh to the rest of the world. As a first-time initiative, I’m so excited to see what surprises are in store for us.”
GOC-in-C Northern Command and LG, UT Ladakh will likely grace the event and also launch the Rezang La Anthem. The anthem will also soon be broadcast overseas.
Of the Indian Army playing such a central role in the festival, Major General Akash Kaushik, Chief of Staff of the Fire & Fury Corps, says, “The Indian Army has a rich musical tradition and a to help the local population. By bringing these two aspects together, we decided to organize this music festival with a double objective, to give the opportunity to the young population of Ladakh to enjoy an international music festival and also to show the talent of young Ladakhi musicians. to the country as a whole. .”
He added: “With that goal in mind, we decided to ask groups from the rest of the country to work with us and all accepted. Picturetime and Sky2ocean are two companies with similar ideals and it was natural for us to merge these ideas and create a flagship event that will resonate in people’s minds for a long time.
Sushil Chaudhary, Founder & CEO, Picturetime, Founding Committee Member, LIMF, says, “The Ladakh International Music Festival provides local Ladakhi music groups with the opportunity to perform with national bands. And the Indian Army is setting an example to justify unity in diversity by not only being the perfect host but also providing musical play at Rezang La to uphold the ethos of our defense forces.
“It’s an honor and a proud moment for us to be part of a new original musical dedicated to our braves at Rezang La,” Sushil concluded.