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Think Badshah, Aastha Gill, and many others home-grown artists!


Indian star Badshah leads the must-see attractions at Late Nights @ Expo’s Diwali special, with two nights devoted to India’s biggest festival of the year next weekend (4-5 November). 

Known for his Hindi, Haryanvi and Punjabi songs – including ‘Paani Paani’ and ‘Genda Phool‘ – the Rapper, Singer, Film Producer and Businessman is one of the highest-earning celebrities in India. He appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – the only rapper to feature on the list. He nurtures a wide audience of 9.7 Million followers on Instagram. 

For Diwali weekend, on 4 November, Badshah presents ‘The Live Experience’, featuring Aastha Gill and Rico. Aastha Gill has a following of 1.5 Million followers on Instagram. A single post of hers talking about her upcoming performance gets 17 Thousand likes in less than 24 hours!

It will see the immensely popular artist join forces with singer Aastha Gill and musician Rico, who Badshah recently collaborated with for his latest hit, a version of ‘Bachpan Ka Pyaar‘ featuring young internet sensation Sahdev Dirdo.

Dhol Tasha and When Chai Met Toast will complete the eclectic line-up on 4 November, while Shilpa Ananth, Esther Eden and Peter Cat Recording Co. will take over the reins on 5 November.

Dhol Tasha – a Dubai-based group of musicians from India that are the first band of its kind in the Middle East – will bring a different energy to the evening, with a more traditional performance filled with good vibrations.

Multilingual indie-folk band – When Chai Met Toast, formed in Kochi in 2016, comprise lead vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar, guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal, keyboardist Palee Francis and drummer Pai Sailesh. The band will present their blend of folk, rock, synth and electronic, which also stays true to their Indian roots.

Goa-born, Dubai-based singer and songwriter Esther Eden, who signed a global contract at the age of 17, will open the second night of the Diwali weekend special on 5 November, mesmerising crowds with her jazz-influenced, self-penned tunes.

Indian vocalist, songwriter, composer, and producer Shilpa Ananth’s unique sound fuses soul, jazz, and electronic influences. Based between Dubai and New York, Ananth merges three of India’s oldest languages – Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi – with English to create music that transcends borders and cultures.

Happy Diwali from Team ITP Live!