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Know Your Artists—Proshow ’19

MIT’s cultural and sports fest brings a wide array of artists and personalities to grace the stage in Proshow ’19. The fest will witness show-stopping performances every evening from 5th March to 10th March 2019. The splendid lineup of performers has added unparalleled hype to the upcoming fest. Welcoming a varied group of artists this year, the event seems promising to a multitude of minds with different likings.

Vir Das’  Alien Chutney
Comedy-Rock Band

A one of a kind comedy-rock band in India, Vir Das’ eponymous band consists of Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais, Apurv Isaac, Kaizad Gherda, and the comedian himself. After releasing their first album titled Mauritian Chutney in 2012, the band has toured across numerous places in India. Characterised by edgy acts and racy crowd interactions, the band has humorous soundtracks which stray on completely random subjects. From raunchy punch lines delivered by eccentric vocals to serenades sung to your favourite food, the band champions it all. The incongruous lyrics and offbeat tones are some things to look out for. With song titles such as Manboob and Tadka, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney will surely be entertaining, to say the least.

DJ, Singer, and Dance Music Producer

Ritviz Srivastava, the winner of Barcardi House Party Sessions India, shot to fame with the release of his single, Udd Gaye. Trained as a Hindustani classical musician from a young age, the 21-year-old has been creating music since 2013. His music leans heavily on melancholic lyrics clubbed with upbeat melodies and heavy bass. One of his most notable works includes a 4 track EP titled YUV which crossed over 1000,000 streams within 10 months. Since the release of YUV, he has garnered major support and appreciation from top Indian bass music producers including the likes of Nucleya, Su Real and SickFlip.  Although a crowd favourite in clubs, his sound manages to connect to listeners across genres owing to its reminiscent nature. Some of his must-listens include Jeet, Barso, Ved and, of course, Udd Gaye. 

DIVINE (Gully Gang)

Better known by his stage name Divine, Vivian Fernandes is one of the most famous rappers in India. Hailing from Mumbai, he rose to fame after the release of his single, Yeh Mera Bombay, which was awarded Best Video of the Year by Rolling Stone India. Breaking through the roof of underground hip-hop scenes in the streets of Mumbai, Divine surfaced to a larger audience after the release of Mere Gully Mein with fellow rapper Naezy. With numerous collaborations with popular Indian DJs and the mainstream music industry, Divine has been instrumental in the rise of a relatively new genre of music in Indiahip-hop. With the recent release of ‘Gully Boy‘, a movie loosely based off of his own life, Divine brings in an incomparable amount of vigour and expectation to this year’s Proshow. His debut album, Kohinoor, is set to release this year. The rapper has also announced the founding of a new company, Gully Gang Entertainment, a record label to recruit and produce hip hop talent in India. Few among many of his songs to look out forSher Aya Sher, Mere Gully Mein, and especially Apna Time Aayega.

Progressive Brothers
Electronic Duo

Popularly known as the Mashup Masters, Sunny Sharma and Karan Bhalla have been in the electronic music scene in India since 2012. Hailing from New Delhi, the duo has toured across India, performing in numerous festivals such as the Sunburn Festival, VH1 Supersonic, and Road to Ultra, to name a few. They are credited for the creation of the viral festival anthem, India India, which now available in almost all music streaming platforms. Vedatheir debut track was made in collaboration with Richard Durand. Their skills have sought the attention of international DJs (the likes of DJ Snake, David Guetta, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki) and have led them to win many awards. Their enthusiastic stage acts and lively music are things to look out for. Their releases include Flipside and These Streets.

The Local Train
Indie Rock Band

One of the most predominant Indie rock bands in India, The Local Train has managed to capture the hearts of countless youth in the country. Since the inception of the band in 2008 with a single upload of a song on MySpace, they have released two albums and are touring the country visiting various college fests and musical events. Their lyrics written in a beautiful blend of Hindi and Urdu touch the hearts of everyone who listens to them. The band has achieved a lot of success with their first album Aalas Ka Pedh (2015) going on to become the highest selling independent album of the year. The popular band also topped Sennheiser’s list for Top 50 Emerging Bands in India in 2015. The Local Train is sure to garner a huge audience with their stunning, soothing and passionate music.

Atul Khatri

Who would’ve thought that a middle-aged dad would not just be able to capture the attention of college students and young working professionals but also fill their hearts with laughter? Atul Khatri, an entrepreneur, and comedian at the age of 51 has done just that. A businessman by heart, Atul Khatri began Stand Up in the midst of a midlife crisis. He has done over 400 comedy shows, YouTube Videos, and TV advertisements. He won the title of “CEO’s got talent” in 2014 and has never looked back since. He is one of the only Indians to have performed at the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival. He featured on Netflix’s Special “Comedians of the World” and is a member of EIC, one of India’s busiest comedy companies. Atul Khatri is on his way to bring the house down in Manipal from the perspective of a middle-aged dad with a slight Sindhi twist.

Aafreen Vaz
Doctor, Model (Miss India Supranational 2015)

Described by many as a perfect combination of beauty with brains, Aafreen Vaz is a multi-talented model coming to Manipal to light the stage on fire. She balanced modeling with becoming a doctor and went through med school in A J Institute of Medical Science, Mangaluru. Besides modeling and dancing, she loves reading, writing, and public speaking. She spent her childhood juggling between India and New Zealand. She holds the title of Miss India Supranational 2015, Miss Supranational Asia and Oceania 2016 and was a top 10 finalist at Miss Supranational 2015 in Poland. She is multitalented and has acted in a movie called We Didn’t Kill Mia. With her presence, she is sure to captivate the interests of the students of Manipal.

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