Airport, fly me to the music...

MissMalini , 11 Dec 2009
Sapna Bhavnani and Sameer Malhotra aka "Daddy"
Sapna Bhavnani and Sameer Malhotra aka "Daddy"
Airport
Airport

n553721993_2145I’m seriously impressed that Daddy’s Windsong Wednesday’s have become such a hub for musical talent (well beyond what we could ever have fathomed.) Every Wednesday a motley crew of Mumbai’s most talented young & old musicians gather to jam for music lovers through the night, lighting up a quaint little terrace in Juhu called il terrazzo above Riyaaz Amlani’s fabulous Italian restaurant Del Italia in Juhi, Mumbai. In fact, last Wednesday I witnessed the launch of a brand new sound by “Airport” comprising of Arijit Datta on vocals and guitar, Vinay Lobo on lead guitar (also from The Vinyls/Nikhil D’Souza), Sidd Coutto on drums (also from Zero/Helgas Fun Castle/Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family/Tough on Tobacco), and Amit Ahuja on bass (also from Sridhar/Thayil, Daniel Pohnke). Never heard anything like it before and to be honest, it’s the most unexpected thing; to hear non-cheesy Hindi lyrics with music that feels evolved in soul and spirit. Its the kind of music you’ll listen to with your eyes closed and a smile on your face :)

Mandira Bedi
Mandira Bedi
Sapna Bhavnani peroxide & poetry :)
Sapna Bhavnani (peroxide poetry)
Arijit Datta
Arijit Datta

The thing is, its not even so much about the music anymore (which is obviously awesome) these are also some seriously amazing people you would instantly love to know and as Sapna Bhavnani (who’s always up front dancing up a storm with a big smile on her dimpled face) put it so well, “forget the fact that they are great musicians… at the end of the day their humility is their beauty and of course their talent… Airport is where the music starts, airport is going to take you to that music.”

Psst! Catch Airport LIVE & Unplugged on pirate radio with me on Sat December 19th!

Mandira Bedi and Sapna Bhavnani
Mandira Bedi and Sapna Bhavnani
Irfan Khan
Irfan Khan
Raghu Laxman and Arijit Datta
Raghu and Arijit Datta
(far left) Gaurav Kapur
(far left) Gaurav Kapur
Rajeev Laxman
Rajeev Laxman
Ankur Tewari
Ankur Tewari
Renuka Kunzru
Renuka Kunzru

Spotted: Mandira Bedi, Renuka Kunzru (remember Mala from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na?), Ankur Tewari, Nikhil D’Souza, Gaurav Kapur (who’s now on Twitter @gauravkapur FYI!), Irfan Khan and twin terrors Raghu Ram & Rajeev Laxman!

Airport groupies (photos courtesy: Nisha Maria D'Costa)
Airport groupies (all photos courtesy: Nisha Maria D'Costa)

I also love that friends of Airport who came to watch, ended up on stage (this happens often at Daddy’s and everyone’s welcome to give it a whirl.) I highly recommend you check it out for yourself the next time you’re in Mumbai on a Wednesday night, you’re guaranteed a Mastercard moment:

Entry to il terrazzo after 10pm: 500rs
Bottle of Tuborg: 175rs
Live music on a breezy terrace with a view of bustling Juhu beach below: Priceless!

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