A ritualistic art form from Kerala
Presented by Craft Stories Under the Mango Tree
Theyyam is a ceremonial dance from Kerala, depicting famous folk, tribal and mythological stories with music, dance and mime. A chorus of traditional musical instruments usually accompanies this stately dance. At Amber Fort, a short Theyyam performance by Folkland, International Centre for Folklore & Culture, Kerala, will enthral the audience.
Shakir Khan and Azeem Ahmed Alvi with Ustad Akram Khan and Hafeez Ahmed Alvi
The sitar duo, Shakir Khan and Azeem Ahmed Alvi, are one of India’s most accomplished ensembles. Shakir, son and disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, and Alvi, a disciple of the sitar maestro, have come together to form this unique collaboration as the 8th generation representatives of the Etawah gharana. The two will be joined by Ustad Akram Khan and Hafeez Ahmed Khan on the tabla.
The Griot, Ben Okri
is an acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. His celebrated work The Famished Road has been translated into 27 languages and won numerous international prizes, including the Man Booker. His most recent novel is The Freedom Artist.
will be a special evening where the writer will unfold a new kind of live literary experience as he traverses through his life at the stunning Amber Fort in the tradition of bards and griots, ancient story-tellers and custodians of oral traditions.
3G: Three Generations of Percussion
By Vikku Vinayakram & V. Selvaganesh
The legendary percussionist Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram along with the support and finesse of his exceptionally talented sons – Selvaganesh and Umashankar - and grandson Swaminathan - represents the only family in India that has been paying rich tributes to music for three generations. 3G is a celebration of Indian classical music with deep roots in Indian culture in which three generations of a gifted family perform together as a testimony to their unmatched musical dedication.
At this majestic evening at Amber Fort, ‘3G’ will enthrall audiences with their superlative skills on the ghattam (Vikku Vinayakram and Umashankar), hand-drums (Selvaganesh), morsingh (A. Ganesh) and the kanjeera (Swaminathan). Mahesh Vinayakram will join them on vocals.