Rahul Nair, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger
Music is the perfect way to unwind at the end of a chock-full day at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The Clarks Amer Music Stage adds another dimension to the festival experience by showcasing extraordinary artists from diverse genres and nations across the world, offering a wonderful open space to warm up from the winter cold, dance and soak up the honest, heartfelt sounds.
Rajasthan Josh were an apt opening act, since their music characterises traditional Rajasthani folk. The dholaks reverberated throughout the venue like deep, dark waves of the sea, while the vocals commanded the attention of all the listener’s senses. Music is eternal and does not acknowledge barriers of nations and cultures, and the crowd’s visceral response to the band was testament to that.
Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café has a uniqueness to its sound that has garnered them attention from around the globe. Mighty choruses coupled with even mightier poetry, written by the fifteenth century mystic Kabir himself, made for a hypnotic experience. People thronged near the stage, dancing unabashed to the music. It was a symbiotic relationship, with the audience feeding off the energy of the band, who increased the intensity of their performance, song after song. Revellers refused to let them leave the stage and the band ended up playing two encores.
There was a sense of euphoria in the air as people left the venue, their feet still tapping to the echoes of the now faded music. It was quite evident that they will be back tomorrow for more.
Photo Credit: Chetan Singh Gill