21st January, 2015

Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project

Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project blends together the many voices of language, religion and music to create one voice- the voice of faith. Their sound is fresh and unique and in fact, Sonam has created a new genre with The Sufi Gospel Project. It is called a ‘project’ because the music the band produces is ever evolving and an exploration of this genre.

Rajasthani Musicians

Nathoo Lal Solanki has been playing the Nagada (Indian Ketle Drums) for several years performing all over India, and has also showcased his talent at numerous festivals around the world. He teaches the Nagada to people of all ages from all around the world at his own school in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Chugge Khan is a very talented and versatile folk singer and musician. Widely traveled, he has played with an extensive range of artists and bands. He plays the mouth harp and wooden hand claps. His energetic movements and his endearing personality add joy to melody.


The King & the Corpse — Performance Storytelling

A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back — but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces…With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented, Preacher — TUUP — takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of these stunning, 2,000 year old tales. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members of the wild world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th Century Indian fairytale to the contemporary stage.

Alim Qasimov Ensemble: Spiritual Sounds of Azerbaijan
Presented in collaboration with Aga Khan Music Initiative

Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana are classical Azerbaijani musicians. Their repertoire consists of popular bardic songs sung by ashiqs, or singer-songwriters who might be considered modern-day troubadours. Qasimov was awarded the prestigious IMC—UNESCO International Music Prize for Performers — the same award received in previous years by Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Yehudi Menuhin, and Benny Goodman. He performs regularly in concert venues throughout the world and has collaborated with many artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.


Rajasthani Musicians including Jaisalmer Boys, Queen Harish, Dancers & Fire-Eaters

Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, the Jaisalmer boys and many other Rajasthani musicians, enchanting dancers & fire-eaters come together in a mesmerizing performance combining the folk traditions of north western region of India. Using instruments such as the nagara, shehnai, dhol, sarangi, kamaicha, kartal and morchang incorporating vocal styles ranging from the mystic Sufi traditions & bhajans to popular folk songs of Rajasthan, the performance will be interspersed with captivating dances like the Ghoomar, Kalbelia & Terah Taali.
Born in Jaisalmer, Queen Harish, the dancing whirling Queen of the desert of India, has been performing all over the world. With a background in Rajasthan Gypsy and Folk dances, Queen Harish has given a different aesthetic dimension to dance traditions. Today, her signature show-stopping moves are an influential reference to the new generation of Rajasthani dancers.

22nd January, 2015

Freedom of Expression (A Cappella Choir)

VOCAL RAASTA is an a cappella group of 15 young singers from Delhi. Their songs are based on the theme of Freedom of expression. They collectively re-arrange popular freedom songs from African tribes and gypsy music to Hindi numbers as well as their own original compositions.

Still Dirty

Still Dirty is Jeet Thayil’s ongoing music project which originated in Berlin in 2013. The New Delhi edition took shape with the inclusion of Anup Kutty (Menwhopause), Tony Guinard (Ska Vengers), Shiv Ahuja (Five8), Shardul Mehta (Joint Family) and various musicians from the city’s independent music scene. Collaborative, texture heavy and psychotropic, Still Dirty is poetry with sound.


Tanuja Desai Hidier & Gaurav Vaz

Tanuja Desai Hidier is an author/singer-songwriter born and raised in the USA and currently based in London. Her first novel, Born Confused, is now considered a classic work, recently hailed by both Rolling Stone Magazine and Entertainment Weekly as one of the best young adult novels of all time. Her first album, When We Were Twins (songs based on Born Confused), was featured in Wired Magazine for being the first-ever ‘booktrack’. Her new novel, Bombay Blues, launches at JLF along with her ‘booktrack’ album of original accompanying songs, Bombay Spleen. Tanuja will be accompanied by album contributor Gaurav Vaz (of The Raghu Dixit Project) for a ‘rock-n-reading’ acoustic set.

Transglobal Underground & Fanfara Tirana in collaboration with R.Bharat Brass Band

Transglobal Underground is a London-based music collective who specialize in a fusion of western, oriental and African music styles. Their single Temple Head was used in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign for the 1996 Olympic Games. In 2008 they won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music after the release of their seventh official album, Moonshout. Their most recent release is collaboration with Albanian brass band Fanfara Tirana entitled Kabatronics which was released on World Village Records in February 2013.

Fanfara Tirana consists of members of the military band of the Albanian armed forces, who play for weddings and parties when not on official duties. They team up with British global dance mavericks Transglobal Underground. Resulting in a highly entertaining mix of Albanian traditional music, Balkan rhythms, with echoes of India and the Caribbean. They use elements borrowed from dub reggae, jazz and what sounds like Balkan funk.

The R.Bharat Brass Band led by Aamir Damami is a widely traveled Jaipur based brass band which has performed with artistes such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Siva Mani, Kailash Kher, Hansraj Hans, Ravindra Jain, Sukhwinder Singh, Richa Sharma, Jaspinder Narula, Salim Suleman, Ustad Tofiq Qureshi & Anuradha Paudwal. The band has performed on Coke Studio with Saleem Sulaiman and has also been a part of India’s Got Talent (Season-3).


23rd January, 2015

Ekoham (Bhakti & Spiritual traditions)

INDIRA NAIK has been classically trained in the Patiala Gayaki. Her music is a tribute to age old traditions set against the backdrop of modern times. Having toured widely, she has built a reputation for herself, enthralling audiences with live renditions across the world and in India.
Indira will shortly be releasing her new spiritual music album — Ekoham.


Sain Zahoor

Sain Zahoor is an internationally recognized Pakistani folk singer who has received the BBC World Music Award in 2006. Extensively traveled, he sings and plays the Iktara, a traditional single stringed instrument. He belongs to the ancient tradition of the roving minstrel who moved from one place to another playing the instrument and singing the kalam (poetry) of the sages. This was the most patent manner in which the message of love and tolerance which the Sufis advocated reached the ordinary man.

Dub Colossus

Dub Colossus is the vision of Dubulah — aka Nick Page. Composer, guitarist, bass player, producer and programmer Nick has worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. Promoting their highly acclaimed 4th album Addis To Omega, Dub Colossus will be appearing in their 5 piece lineup featuring the vocal talents of PJ Higgins and Mykaell S Riley.From Ethio — Jazz to full on funky grooves with a little Afrobeat thrown in for good measure, all thrown into the blender, yet loving put back together on a solid foundation of Dub. This is global dub for the 21st century.


24th January, 2015

Mellifluous Renditions ( Folk traditions of Awadh & Benaras)

MALINI AWASTHI is a folk singer whose mellifluous renditions have earned her the credit for placing the folk music of Awadh and Benaras on the country’s cultural radar. Her rich repertoire includes the myriad forms of folk music such as Dadra, Kajri, Jhoola, Holi, Chaiti, Sohar, Banna, Vivah-geet, Birha, Dhobhiya and Nirugun. Widely traveled and critically acclaimed, Malini has worked arduously for folk music through her efforts both in rural and urban areas.


Rizwan Muazzam Qawals

Rizwan Muazzam Qawals from Pakistan consist of singers and musicians lead by brothers Rizwan and Muazzam. Hailing from a family of musicians consisting of father Mujahid Ali Khan and uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, their music has been passed down from generation to generation. The group was formed in 1998 in Britain at the WOMAD Festival and has since performed to much critical acclaim. They have traveled far and wide and have rendered their numbers at various festivals and concerts. Their repertoire is traditional and they sing in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Punjabi.

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. They have become the most in-demand producers and re-mixers in India, with remix credits for some of the biggest Bollywood soundtracks such as Don, Chak De and Karthik Calling Karthik. They have also licensed music to some Hollywood films like Closer and hit TV shows — Prison Break and Six Feet Under. The Punditz were one of the first Indian acts to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone (India).


25th January, 2015

Rang De Maula (Folk & Sufi traditions)

RASHMI AGARWAL is a versatile Indian singer who has carved out a niche for herself as an accomplished Sufi and Ghazal singer. She is equally at ease singing Thumri Dadra, Folk and Bhakti sangeet as well. Extensively traveled and multi award winner Rashmi’s performances captivate and enthrall her audiences across all age groups, genres and geographies. Besides her debut Sufi album Rang De Maula, she also has a number of audio albums to her credit.

Special Events

20th January, 2015


Inaugural Dinner at Rambagh — Barmer Boys

The group formed in 2011, and their music is a distinct blend of harmonic performance styles and personalities. Mangey ‘Manga’ Khan belongs to a family of illustrious singers, and with his electrifying voice is equally at home singing traditional Marwari wedding songs or belting out Sufi qawwalis. He also plays the harmonium (similar to the reed organ or the accordian). Tarif Khan plays the dholak, a double headed wide drum used in north Indian folk music. Rounding up the trio is Rais Khan, a multi-percussionist and master of the morchang (Jewsharp), Bhapang (a single string plucked drum, Khartaal (a pair of rosewood castanets). A keen experimenter with sounds, he has also added beat-boxing to his repetoire.

21st January, 2015

Delegate & Author Lunch Area, Diggi Palace (Restricted Entry)

AHOWEE is a folk fusion band mainly focusing on fusing Garo Music with western musical instruments. The band focuses on all issues related primarily to the land and the people of Garo Hills of Meghalaya. The band released its debut album in 2014. They hope their music reaches not just the people of Garo Hills but  the region , the country and also the world. AHOWEE means victory!

One of Meghalaya’s top singers, Gracyl started her career in music at the age of 13 with Miss Shillong 2002. Awarded the best vocalist of the year 2002 by Meghalaya Music Awards, she has won the karaoke world championship of East Zone in 2012. She has toured and performed at renowned festivals across India.

Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta is a visual Artist and Musician from Shillong. His main instrument is the Bamboo flute. He is also an active members of the fusion Band ‘NA RYMPEI’ and has performed across India. He has recorded with many leading musicians of Meghalaya including Lt. Brektist Wanswett, Rana Kharkongor, Silbi Passah amongst others. Winner of the Avenues Youth Icon Award 2012 and the Vocational Excellence Award 2013 from the Rotary Club of Orchid City, Benedict’s music is folk based. He has also composed for short documentary films.


Heritage Evenings

Presented in association with Rajasthan Tourism, Amber Fort, Jaipur
Readings from Manto by Naseeruddin Shah &Â Soulful Ballads by Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project

22nd January, 2015

Reading by Shabana Azmi & Rasa-Duende (Spain)

Hawa Mahal, JaipurA creation on Flamenco music, choreographic dance-theatre and poetry, inspired b the Poems Of Cante Jondo- Federico Garcia Lorca
Jose Salinas (Flamenco voice & percussion)
Monica de la Fuente (Dance and Recitation)
Carlos Blanco (Flamenco Guitar)