This May, the Jaipur Literature Festival travels to London for its third consecutive year with a creative caravan of writers and thinkers, poets and balladeers. Showcasing South Asia’s unique multilingual heritage, JLF at Southbank is an intense teaser of what has been declared the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’.
The London edition of JLF retains and resonates with the unique spirit of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which has firmly established its place in the global literary calendar as the world’s largest free literature festival.
Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple bring together a day of talks, music and readings. JLF at Southbank will be held in collaboration with Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture.
Tanusree Guha and Nilima Jog
Tanusree Guha and Nilima Jog are senior students of Chandrima Misra, a renowned Hindustani vocalist and resident Hindustani vocal teacher at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London. They are accompanied by Dhanraj Parsaud on the tabla, a student of Pandit Rajkumar Misra.
Since the release of their debut album No Visa Required in 2010, London-based Lokkhi Terra have been tearing up the music rule book, playing their unique blend of traditions and wowing audiences across genres.
The band is made up of musicians with serious pedigree. Led by pianist Kishon Khan (Hugh Masekela, Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura, winner of the 2009 SAIFF Award in New York City for Best Original Soundtrack), the band members include the Godfather of British Asian percussion Pandit Dinesh, Bellowhead’s Justin Thurgur on trombone, Graeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood) on trumpet, Cuban maestro percussionist Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano) on the congas and fellow Cuban, bassist Jimmy Martinez (Asere), the UK’s Phil Dawson (Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen) and Turkish drummer Tansay Omar (Bjork). To add to this impressive list, Bengali singers Sohini Alam, Aneire Khan and Aanon Siddiqua sing alongside Cuban vocalist Javier Camilo.
The line up boasts a team full of band-leaders — all session players renowned for their authentic mastery of different world traditions, but who choose a more contemporary route when focusing on their own projects.