Geetu Hinduja (Geetu Unplugged)
Geetu Hinduja believes that music should be a celebration of life, with all its strife and struggle, joys and pleasures. She is a Mumbai-based singer/ songwriter, who has been performing for over two decades. Geetu is a Folk Singer who weaves her way through varied musical terrains. She explores various styles & different genres (alternative, soft rock, pop, indie) bringing to her music a flavor that’s entirely her own. Accompanied by just a guitar, Geetu tells vivid, evocative stories in her songs that instantly transport the listener to the landscape of her mind - her music could be defined as music for the soul.
Geetu has trained formally in Indian classical music under Neela Bhagwat and bhajans under P.D. Jalota. She has also trained under renowned jazz vocalist and composer Mili Bermejo and sung with well-known Mumbai choir Stop Gaps. While her education in music has honed her skills and sensibilities, it is from life that she draws her inspiration – her hopes and dreams, the struggle to belong, and her identity as a woman in Indian society. From Rumi’s poetry to reflections of Mumbai’s street life, from Adi Shankaracharya’s contemplation of the self to the hypocrisy of modern life – all of it finds expression in her powerful voice and instantly memorable melodies.
Dancing Free, Geetu’s debut album, was released in 1993. Nineteen long years after her first, she released her second effort titled Hope Faith Time & Me, in September 2012. This album showcases her musical and philosophical evolution. ‘Hope Faith Time & Me’ is dedicated to her younger sibling Jyoti, who died fighting breast cancer in August 2010.
Geetu has been touring and performing in earnest since 2009, and her repertoire includes her originals as well as covers of artists that have informed and inspired her music, including Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, Dido, Suzanne Vega, Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette and Bonnie Raitt. Her performances include appearances the prestigious Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai, Jadhavgadh Music Festival, 18 Degrees Festival, Shillong, Performing live for Anita Dongre at LFW 2014, Mumbai, Celebrate Bandra Festival, and the International Aids Conference in Mumbai, The Blue Frog - Mumbai, TLR Café - Delhi, Max Mueller Bhavan for the Pune Jazz Club, the NGMA, Mumbai and the Jaipur literature Festival 2014.
Geetu has travelled extensively and performed solo as well as with her band. She is currently working on new material as she continues to perform.