MTV & Royal Stag Barrel Select return with the 7th Season of the iconic show ‘MTV Unplugged’

The seventh season of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged features a stellar line up of artists including the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar

November30, 2017, Bangalore: Perfection only needs a stage and Royal Stag Barrel Select MTVUnplugged Season 7 is the perfect stage to feature India’s musicalperfection. Having given the country some of the most magical raw renditions,Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged is back with yet another mellifluousseason, this time giving us an insight into the musical talents of musicalmaestros like Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar, Papon,Monali Thakur and Armaan and Amal Malik. Serenading theaudience with stripped back versions of songs from some of India’s biggesthitmakers, the greatest musical property will be coming back into full swing onour television screens on Saturday 9th December at 8 PMonly on MTV. 

Aftergarnering unparalleled success in its sixth season by raking in an overallreach of around 130 million viewers on social media platforms, the latestseason of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged ensures to be nothing lessthan the best. This season is special in every sense as it brings together thepopular musical families of our nation on one platform. Bringing back the goodold days of Maachis, Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj will give anunforgettable premiere to this season. Brother Armaan and Amaal Malik will givetribute to the yesteryear music composer and their grandfather Sardar Malikwith Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon song. Bringing together threedifferent generation of music will be the singing trio of Mahadevan family;Shankar Mahadevan, Siddharth Mahadevan and Shivan Mahadevan. 

Launchingthe seventh season of MTV’s biggest musical property, Ferzad Palia,Head, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “Yearon year we have been surpassing audience expectations and surprising ourselveswith each new season of Unplugged. The latest season features a unique andbeautiful confluence of soul- stirring vocals and interesting musicalarrangements, doing away with anything that distracts from what is pure. Thisyear as well, the audience will be privy to a great line up of artists who willbe transforming some of their biggest musical numbers to the unimaginable in amore vulnerable and intimate setting. It’s going to be fascinating to seeartists like Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan, Papon, Monali andothers going unplugged and recreating songs that people love so much.” 

Talkingabout his fondness towards the show, Vishal Bhardwaj said; MTV Unplugged is a platform whereartists can display their musical talent and exhibit their potential to thefullest. In its last six seasons, the show has elevated the threshold of creativitythat entails a unique mix of both mainstream as well as classical music. Bothme and my wife, Rekha Bhardwaj, are ardent fans of the show and have followedevery edition of it. I am delighted to perform at MTV Unplugged, more so as Icollaborate with Rekha. I eagerly await and look forward to my participation inthe show.”

Sharinghis happiness on performing with his sons, Shankar Mahadevan said, “MTV Unplugged has a historyof presenting artists, each of who have a different creative identity which isunique to themselves. This brings a distinctive charm to the show. I am gladthat my son Siddharth Mahadevan was a part of its wonderful line up in theprevious edition. I am happier to be performing with both my sons Siddharth andShivam Mahadevan for this edition. Looking forward to work our magic andcelebrate music as a splendid trio.”

Commentingon his debut on Unplugged, Farhan Akhtar said, “According to me, Music hasan universal language which brings people together. Unplugged is one suchplatform that allows artist to perform the stripped down, bare-it-all, acousticversion of the biggest hits. I'm really looking forward to this one.”

Singingheartthrob Armaan Malik added, “MTV unplugged is an amazing platform which gives artists anopportunity put forth their creativity in a very interesting manner. I amextremely pleased and thrilled to be a part of MTV unplugged for the very firsttime. I’m sure the audiences will resonate with the beautiful unpluggedarrangements of my songs, which they already love. Lastly, I await eagerlyto perform with my brother, Amaal Mallik coz it’s not every day that you get aspectacular opportunity like this where the music in our family can shinebright for the world to see.”

Expressingher happiness on being part of the show, Monali Thakur said, “As music is an everevolving work of art it requires platforms that can channel it in an accuratemanner. I believe that MTV Unplugged ensures this occurs effortlessly thusproviding the industry and audience with beautiful and unique musicalcreations. It gives me great joy to be a part of MTV Unplugged and be able toshowcase a soulful take on some beautiful melodies.”  

Addingfurther Papon said, “MTVUnplugged is all about music in its purest form and coming from a folkbackground, raw music is really close to my heart. It is one such exceptionalshow that allows the artists to perform at their best on a common podium. Ihave performed for Unplugged earlier and I am very happy that I again got achance to display my musical perspective on MTV Unplugged. I hope that thistime also audience will appreciate and relish my music.” 

Translatingthe vocals of the country’s greatest singers into an intimate setting, viewerswill be witnessing legends, Vishal Bhardwaj and Shankar Mahadevan and fanfavorites, Armaan Malik and Farhan Akhtar in their acoustic glory for the firstever time. Audience will be in for a musical treat as Shankar Mahadevan will beseen performing with his sons Siddharth and Shivam and Vishal Bhardwaj willrekindle magic with his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj. Apart from this, Monali Thakur,Papon, Amaal Malik, Shalmali Kholgade, Amit Mishra, Tushar, Shaswat Singh,Naakash, Nikita Gandhi, Ahen, Akhil Sachdeva, Sunny MR will be deliveringstunning acoustic performances. 

Get readyto experience heart-touching and soul stirring music with Royal Stag BarrelSelect MTV Unplugged Season 7, every Saturday at 8 PM onlyon MTV!

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