S​hruthi Vishwanath

S​hruthi Vishwanath​ ​is a musician, composer and educator. Trained extensively in the classical traditions, her quest for music that was pure and honest led her to the works of Kabir, and other mystic poets. She now explores the intersections of classical and folk, intellectual and visceral, by singing poems from the subcontinent in languages ranging from Braj bhasha to Tamil, Marathi to Bangla. Her interpretations of abhangs have resulted in several revivals of unknown works, especially of women mystics. Shruthi has performed at prestigious venues and festivals across India, and has performed abroad in Europe and South-East Asia. She will be accompanied by Yuji Nakagawa on Sarangi and Shruteendra Katagade on tabla.

Front Lawn
24th January 2019
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM


Crossing boundaries through music

Usha Uthup is one of the most popular musicians to have emerged from India in the last century. In a career spanning over 44 years now, Usha Uthup has spread her unique message of love, peace, and happiness through her music. She has sung on more than a hundred albums – in seventeen lndian languages, performed all over the globe, and penned some of the most popular Indian songs. She lives according to her beliefs, presenting even the most contemporary songs while dressed in traditional attire. She is a Padma Shri awardee, pioneer of the first pop show on Indian radio, and has even performed at the Vatican.

Front Lawn
25th January 2019
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM


Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah is a musician and writer who has trained in Carnatic, Khayal (under Shubha Mudgal), Thumri Dadra and Ghazal. She has performed extensively, including at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior. She is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and is the Nana Shirgaonkar Chair Professor for Indian Music at Goa University. She is also a published author and a celebrated recording artist. She writes and speaks on music and is the Author of Jalsa: Indian Women’s Journey from the Salon to the Studio (Tulika Books).

Front Lawn
26th January 2019
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM


Yogi by Barnali Chattopadhyay

Barnali Chattopadhyay is a thumri singer who hails from the Agra gharana. She has trained under Dr. Kumar Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Shobha Gurtu and Girija Devi. She has performed extensively at distinguished platforms across the country and is empanelled at the All India Radio and Doordarshan. She has sung for films, worked with fusion groups and performed at international festivals in Bangladesh and Spain.

Yogi is a four-member band conceived by her to embrace the diverse music offerings within the chaiti, dadra, ghazal, bhajan and Sufi genres. The band features Barnali as lead vocalist, Amar Sangam on lead guitar, Atul Shankar on flute and Debjit Patitundi on tabla.

Front Lawn
27th January 2019
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM


Deepa Nair Rasiya

London-born singer and songwriter, Deepa Nair Rasiya has been making waves on the World Music scene and has increasingly been recognized as an innovative composer with a soul-stirring vocal style. Her South-Indian heritage, combined with her exploration of, and training in, both Western musical and North Indian classical traditions, has shaped her into a unique musician straddling with ease a range of musical genres. Counted amongst some of the leading Indian vocal artistes in the U.K. today, Deepa has also trained in Hindustani music from eminent vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe of the Gwalior gharana.

She has had the rare honour of recording her vocals with two legendary musical giants of our times: the late George Harrison of the Beatles and the late Pandit Ravi Shankar on their spiritual album ‘Chants of India’.

Front Lawn
28th January 2019
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM