Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Musical magic at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

1913942_1675126036100347_1136654356902640752_nAs the whirlwind of literary figures descend at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, an eclectic mix of music artists will perform morning and night at the five day literary extravaganza. The music performances will take place at two locations, the Front Lawns at Diggi Palace in the morning and the Music Stage at Hotel Clarks Amer in the evening as part of the world’s largest free literary festival this month, January 21-25, 2016.

FRONT LAWNS at DIGGI PALACE, 09:30 – 10:00, 21-25 January 2016 (Free with Registration)

Opening the festival will be local Rajasthani musicians Nathoo Solanki and Chugge Khan who will mark the start of five days of festivities at Diggi Palace. They will be joined on stage by Gaayatri Kaundinya, a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar Senia Gharana.

Festivities on the second morning will kick off with Indian classical and Rajasthani folk fusion artist Suman Yadav. She will perform music from her new album ‘Evening Serenity’ featuring classical devotional music.

Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala tradition and a junior ethnomusicologist from Kolkata – Anirban Bhattacharyya, will present his music – a tribute to age old traditions set against the backdrop of modern times. He will increase the festive tempo on the morning of January 23 at Diggi Palace.

On the morning on January 24, festival goers will be able to enjoy Dagar Archives Gunijan Sabha featuring Padma Shree Ustad Wasufuddin Dagar with his mellifluous renditions of dhrupad style of singing along with many other musical styles.

Following him on the last day of the Festival will be Amrit Kaur Lohia who has carved out a niche for herself as an accomplished sarangi player and vocalist in the genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul singing.

MUSIC STAGE at HOTEL CLARKS AMER, 19:00 – 22:00, 21-24 January 2016 (Tickets Rs.400/- per day OR Rs.1400 for all 4 days – available from KyaZoonga)

Kick-starting the evening music programme will be a headline act by the Kutle Khan Project, a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians led by Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed across the world. A singer as well as a musician, he plays the dholak, khartal, bhapang, harmonium and sarangi, proving that there’s no percussion he can’t play. Yom and Wang Li, created their own musical vocabulary: A new language, neither Judeo – Chinese nor China – Judaic, but firmly traditional, definitely contemporary, Wang Li, an autodidactic jew’s harp player from China who has been repetitively invited to India and Yom born and raised in Paris, who learnt to play clarinet at the conservatory and performs in several eastern music bands.

As night falls on Friday evening, a bohemian blend of jazz and electronica will enthrall audiences with a headline performance from Midival Punditz. The past decade has seen the rise of the Indian electronica scene within India and no single band has had more influence on its growth than the Midival Punditz. The Delhi based duo, Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, have been sighted as pioneers of a scene that has ushered in some of the freshest global electronica music out of India. Don’t miss your chance to see them live. Joining them on January 22 will be Skavengers who’s organic mélange of ska, rocksteady, dub, jazz and punk with Cuban and other Latin influences thrown in will make a great night for the audience

Saturday evening will be marked by a music event at The Amber Fort where the magic of Sufi will embrace the audience with singer Mukhtiyar Ali. A rare marriage of the masculine and the feminine voice, Mukhtiyar Ali merges the earthliness of folk music and the complex octaves of the classical traditions. This is part of the satellite heritage programs which endorses promotion and preservation of heritage through art.

Simultaneously playing at Clarks on the evening of January 23 will be Mrigya, whose music will introduce the audience to the new, modern and contemporary sound fused with classical Indian music. The music of Mrigya carries the legacy of thousands of years, of not only music, but also the heritage of Indian culture. Also, internationally celebrated artist Karsh Kale – a visionary composer and producer who is a pioneer in the world of global fusion will be performing on Saturday. He has produced five internationally released solo albums (Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Breathing Under Water & Cinema), of which his most recent “CINEMA”, won the Best Fusion Album Award in India at the GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in 2012 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music charts.

Closing the Clarks Amer music venue on Sunday evening will be Swarathma – one of India’s top fusion bands, based in Bangalore. Swarathma’s sound is rooted in Indian folk traditions while drawing on rock, blues and reggae motifs. Joining them will be Delhi 2 Dublin who will make Jaipur dance to its beat by presenting a unique mix of music – from electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle to dub reggae and breakbeats to just straight up happy dance music. This will be a visually electric, high-energy evening.

WRITERS BALL

A special treat for attendees at the Writers’ Ball will be unseen acts by Nathoo Solanki andChugge Khan in collaboration with the Jaisalmer Boys & George Brooks and other Rajasthani musicians. The troupe will be joined by dancer and fire-eaters who will come together representing folk traditions. The group will be seen using instruments like the Morchang, Bhapang Khartaal, Double Flute, Nagada & Bamboo Flute and incorporating vocal styles ranging from mystic Sufi traditions, bhajans & popular folk songs of Rajasthan to captivating dances like the Chari Dance, Kalbelia snake charmers dance and Terah Taali. Saxophonist and composer George Brooks – acclaimed for bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music, will be seen in sync with artists with his willful tunes.
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Music Programme Day-by-Day

Thursday 21 January, 2016

09: 15 – 9:55 – Front Lawns, Diggi Palace
Gaayatri Kaundinya, Inauguration by Nathoo Lal Solanki and Chugge Khan (FREE with Festival Registration)

Gates open 6:30, 7.30 – 10:30 – Hotel Clarks Amer
Kutle Khan Project, Yom & Wang Li (Ticketed per day Rs. 400, Seasons pass Rs. 1400, Free with Delegate Registration) (Kutle Headlines)

Friday 22 January, 2016

09: 15 – 9:55 – Front Lawns, Diggi Palace
Suman Yadav (FREE with Festival Registration)

Gates open 6:30, 7.30 –10: 30 – Hotel Clarks Amer
Skavengers, MidivalPunditz (Ticketed per day Rs. 400, Seasons pass Rs. 1400, Free with Delegate Registration)

Saturday 23 January, 2016

09: 15 – 9:50 – Front Lawns, Diggi Palace
Anirban Bhattacharyya (FREE with Festival Registration)

Gates open 6:30, 7.30 – 10: 30 – Hotel Clarks Amer
Mrigya, Karsh Kale (Ticketed per day Rs. 400, Seasons pass Rs. 1400, Free with Delegate Registration)

Saturday 24 January, 2016

09: 15 – 9:50 – Front Lawns, Diggi Palace
Dagar Archives Gunijan Sabha featuring Padma Shree Ustad Wasufuddin Dagar (FREE with Festival Registration)

Gates open 6:30, 7.30 –10: 30 – Hotel Clarks Amer
Swarathma and Delhi 2 Dublin (Ticketed per day Rs. 400, Seasons pass Rs. 1400, Free with Delegate Registration)

Sunday 25 January, 2016
09: 15 – 9:50 – Front Lawns, Diggi Palace
Amrit Kaur Lohia (FREE with Festival Registration)

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