Day 198 - Raghu Dixit: Kiski Yeh Jung Hai
A fantastic song from the great Indian songwriter Raghu Dixit taken from our No Man's Land show in Nov 2018, which commemorated 100 years since the end of World War 1. It's written from the viewpoint of a poor Indian soldier very far from home. The title translates as "Whose War Is It Anyway?".
Other featured artists in No Man's Land were Blue Rose Code, Kris Drever, ESKA, Declan O'Rourke and Karine Polwart.
Pianist Dave Milligan was musical director and the house band comprised Seonaid Aitken (violin), Alice Allen (cello), Ross Ainslie (pipes, whistles) ,Signy Jakobsdottir (drums, percussion), Ben Nicholls (bass), Patsy Reid (fiddle, viola) and Graeme Stephen (guitar).
Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural and musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound.
From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state to every big music festival in India, from Glastonbury, to the BBC to Later...with Jools Holland to even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit seems to have done quite a bit! But he is only getting started. It took 12 years for Raghu to get his music out and his first album immediately signaled the arrival of a tremendous force in the Indian indie scene. Since then Raghu Dixit is firmly established as one of the foremost independent live acts in the India.