Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger
It was ladies’ night on day three of the Clarks Amer Music Stage at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, as two very different bands with two very different frontwomen enthralled the crowd with equal passion.
The evening began with acclaimed English singer-songwriter Beth Orton, who was joined by her husband, singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon. Playing a unique brand of folk music, with influences of electronica, Orton took the audience on a deeply personal journey into her psyche. The crowd thronged the stage and shared the emotional experience, as she took them across the spectrum from sombre to joyous. Orton then surprised the audience by calling Rajasthan Josh on stage, and engaged with them in an energetic mashup, performing Indian-infused versions some of her most famous tracks, such as She Cries Your Name.
After the heartfelt folk of Beth Orton came the funk and blues of Soulmate, one of the most popular and acclaimed bands to emerge from the Indian independent music scene. Lead singer Tipriti Kharbangar and guitar maestro Rudy Wallang rocked the house with a mix of delta, classic rock n roll, and blues-rock. Kharbangar’s vocals fluctuated between beautiful and brutal, while Wallang brought out his full repertoire of guitar solos as he plucked, strummed, and shredded through their set of classic numbers, aptly ending with the audience anthem, Let The Good Times Roll.
It was a night that took the crowd through a helter-skelter of emotions, and the good times did indeed roll.
Photo Credit: Chetan Singh Gill and Rajendra Kapoor