Disturbed by the lack of recognition for Hyderabadi musicians, two city-based sisters have provided a platform for unknown talent to shine
For many, music is a way to relax and venture into their own world, a world of solace, a safe haven. But for two sisters from Hyderabad, Apoorva and Deeksha Marur, it is much more than that. They have together started the Sunday Sessions to provide a platform for the immense musical talent in the city. A musical show hosted at Blue Door, a Mediterranean-themed restaurant in the city, the sessions also aims at bringing together musicians from different genres to create original compositions. Started on January 12, the show takes place every Sunday at The Blue Door in the evenings.
“It is basically a live show which gives a platform for musicians in the city to showcase their talent. There are similar shows in Delhi and Kolkata but there has never been one in Hyderabad. My sister and I realised that there is a lot of underground music talent in the city. And so we came up with the idea to host Sunday Sessions,” shares Deeksha Marur, who is currently working for the short-film production company, Heartworks.
Previously a journalist, Deeksha has pursued her master’s in communication from St.Mary’s Yousufguda in Hyderabad, but says music was always a passion. “Music has always been a huge part of my life, whether it was through my headphones or attending live shows. I also tried my hand at several instruments but was never really able to pursue it on a regular basis. I felt strongly about doing something related to music, and through Sunday Sessions, I am trying to make that contribution,” shares the 26-year-old.
Her sister Apoorva, who is a film producer at the same company which is owned by their father and well-known thespian Vijay Marur, explains the reason behind launching these shows. “Both my sister and I happen to be very passionate about music. I lived abroad for a couple of years when I pursued my master’s degree in Melbourne, Australia, and I was lucky enough to watch a few live shows, which were incredible. When I came back to Hyderabad though, I realised that most people here play covers of popular songs and there was nothing authentic about their music, nothing Hyderabadi. This is when we decided to find out more about the musicians in the city. We found that there is a lot of talent here but not many people know about them,” explains Apoorva.
“What irks me is that nobody gives an opportunity for people from Hyderabad to perform at various shows. For example, Off the Record which took place here in December had artists from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, but none from here. That is what Sunday Sessions does; it gives a platform for the talent in this city to come to the fore,” she adds.
Apart from attending several shows and gigs to look for talent, the duo also look at social networking sites like Facebook to find out more about musicians in the city. “For the last couple of years, I have really started to listen to more indie music. As I attended more shows in the city, I made a note of the musicians whom I liked and contacted them to perform for us. Also, there are a lot of Facebook pages where Hyderabadi musicians post their stuff. So if I like something, I reach out to them,” informs Deeksha.
So far, two shows have taken place and have received satisfactory response. “I am pleased with the way it has turned out so far. We have chosen Blue Door as our destination for the next eight weeks, and depending on the way it goes, we will either extend it or shift to another venue. So far, things have been optimistic,” says Deekhsa.
Agreeing, Apoorva says, “There is a large potential in Hyderabad and many of us are curious to find out what our musicians have to offer. Last week, a fairly large crowd of 50-60 people turned up for the show and we are happy about that.”
Young musical talents Harish Chandra and Aditya Patwardhan will be performing tomorrow at the Sunday Sessions at the Blue Door, Road No. 45, Jubilee Hills from 4 to 8 pm. If you are a budding musician and want a part of the same platform, you can contact the duo on 99484 38436.