INTERVIEW: Indian star who has performed at Glastonbury and for the Queen on why he can’t wait to return to Hitchin’s Rhythms of the World
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Having played to crowds of more than 100,000, and performed at Glastonbury and in front of the Queen, you’d be forgiven for thinking Raghu Dixit’s return to Rhythms of the World would be a little unremarkable in his eyes.
But the Indian singer-songwriter who fronts the Raghu Dixit Project has a real affinity to the festival, which returns to the grounds of Hitchin Priory on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.
Thinking back to his appearance in 2011 which helped mark the festival’s 20th anniversary, he said: “The last time we played at Rhythms of the World it was by far one of our best shows in the UK.
“We still remember the incredible audience and response we received.
“This time round, we are hoping to walk around the festival and spend some time and get as much of the Rhythms of the World experience as we can!
“More than any specific act, I am really looking forward to the vibe of the festival. I am really keen to experience the whole weekend.”
Asked about how he would describe the band’s sound, Raghu said: “It’s happy music, you will go back smiling and brimming with energy at the end of our show.
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“You might even learn enough Hindi and Kannada to survive in India...!
“That said, our official genre is contemporary Indian folk music, so you can expect a lot of melodious Indian folk with a twist that you will love.
“Every single musician I have played with has transformed my music in very special ways. That is one of the reasons I love collaborations.
“Being a self-taught musician and singer, I have no formal training and the only way I get inspired is to compose more, perform and to have great musicians interpret my musical ideas.”
And Raghu was also willing to share some words of wisdom to those hoping to follow in his footsteps.
“Follow your heart and don’t worry about any of the rules,” he said.
“That’s the way I approach music and it’s the only way I know how.”
He added: “See you at the festival, – I can’t wait to come back to Hitchin!”
You can find out more about the Raghu Dixit Project – one of 125 acts playing at RotW – via http://raghudixit.com.
Tickets for the festival, priced at £15 for adults, £6 for five to 17 year olds and free for under fives, are on sale now.
To book online or find your nearest seller visit www.rotw.org.uk.
Festival goers can also download the RotW app from the iTunes Apple store to see the full line up. Alternatively buy a programme at a purse-saving price of £2 – all profits go to community outreach projects.