Jaipur Literature Festival Announces Line Up For Music Stage
13 January 2015
Rajasthan's annual and eagerly anticipated Jaipur Literature Festival has announced an intruiging music line up that covers a wide spectrum of musical talent. The performances will take place at two locations – the Front Lawns at Diggi Palace in the mornings and the Music Stage at Hotel Clarks Amer in the evenings. The festival begins on 21 January and will continue till 25 January, 2015.
Acts at the Diggi Palace location will take place between 9.30-10am for all five days. Opening the festival will be local Rajasthani artists Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan and the Jaisalmer Boys, who will be joined by Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project.
Classically trained Indira Naik, melodious Malini Awasthi and accomplished Sufi and Ghazal singer Rashmi Agarwal will play at the Palace on the 23, 24 and 25 respectively.
The larger Music Stage at Hotel Clarks Amer will run from 7-10pm from 21-24 January. This stage will require tickets (Rs 400 per day or Rs 1400 for all four days). The much more substantial lineup will include The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher (who will take to the stage with sitar performer Sheema Mukherjee), the show-stopping Queen Harish, and the Alim Qasimov Ensemble.
London-based music collective Transglobal Underground plan to be there with their unique fusion of western, oriental and African beats, followed by Jaipur’s very own Bharat Brass Band and Fanfara Tirana, which consists of members of the Albanian armed forces (who mix classic Albanian sounds with jazz and dub reggae to form their own blend of Balkan funk). Jeet Thayil’s ongoing music project Still Dirty, featuring Tanuja Desai Hidier & Gaurav Vaz will also take to the stage in its latest edition, including some members of New Delhi’s growing independent music scene.
London-based Ethiopian beat droppers Dub Colossus, Pakistani folk singer Sain Zahoor and the Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali group complete the mixed line up. Last but not least, joining the closing night line up, will be the prominent electonica outfit Midival Punditz.
In addition to the musical performances several writers and musicians will host daytime music sessions where they discuss their craft and careers. These sessions will include Javed Akhtar, the acclaimed poet and screenwriter, Joe Alvarez, jazz extraordinaire and Indian Ocean’s Susmit Sen (who will release his memoir ‘Ocean to Ocean’ at the festival).
Words: Aditya Keswani