20th January, 2012 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band

With a fantastic energy and humor, the artists of this gypsy brass band play the clarinet and trumpet on stage and walk in parade offering nothing less than the soul of the contemporary Indian.
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Rajasthani Musicians: Chugge Khan, Nathoo Lal Solanki, Fire Eaters & Dancers

Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, other Rajasthani musicians, enchanting dancers & fire-eaters come together in a mesmerizing performance combining the folk traditions of north western region of India. Using instruments such as the nagara, shehnai, dhol , sarangi, kamaicha, kartal and morchang incorporating vocal styles ranging from the mystic Sufi traditions & bhajans to popular folk songs of Rajasthan, the performance will be interspersed with captivating dances like the Ghoomar, Kalbelia & Terah Taali.
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Gods Robots

Their sound is a groundbreaking blend of electronic and organic music pairing the Indian classically trained Taamara with seasoned producer/ DJ Janaka Selekta. Taamara’s powerful English lyrics and soulful Carnatic singing seamlessly combines with Janaka’s instrumental compositions to create a magical sound that defies genres.
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21st January, 2012 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Coke Studio @ MTV Sabri Brothers:

The Sabri Brothers (Aftab Sabri and Hashim Sabri) are Qawwals from Pakistan. Trained from a very young age by their father Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan, the famous classical vocalist of India, the duo believes that lyrics & mood are the most important elements for Qawwali singing. They have performed in India and all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1975.
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Papon:

Papon’s repertoire covers the traditional Vaishnavite devotional songs of Assam to new-age electronica. Singer, composer, programmer and producer, Papon’s music has been called ‘new and free’. His innovative experiments are rich with ambient electronica, acoustic folk, electro ghazals, and new-age and Indian classical sounds. Papon’s band, the East India Company, plays an exciting blend of traditional and folk music.
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Sanjeev Thomas:

Sanjeev has pioneered India’s original rock acts Buddhas Babies and Buddha Blown. His band, Rainbow Bridge Band is successfully attempting to redefine the music scene in India by addressing contemporary issues through their songs. Sanjeev along with Ashok Cherian has also composed and performed India’s first Rock Opera, “The Fallen” at the Hindu Theatre Festival.
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Saurav Mandal:

Saurav hails from Hingalgunj, on the border of Bangladesh. His music has the deep rooted ethos of the folk ‘Baul’ music of Bengal. He has a band of his own that performs in the countryside with boatmen, called the “Majhi Mallah”.
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Pankhi Dutta:

It takes a lot of courage to pursue one’s own passion and the situation becomes trickier if you are an already established professional. Dr.Pankhi Dutta is a qualified doctor (MBBS and MD), Guwahati. Her love for music brought her to Mumbai, where she has been learning classical music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
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Shruti Pathak:

Shruti Pathak is a Filmfare Award-nominated Indian playback singer and lyricist who sings in Bollywood films. Her career came alive with the song ‘Mar Jaawa’ from Fashion. Adding Dev D to her resume, Shruti Pathak’s career graph is moving upward slowly and steadily. Besides her music, she has done a Masters in Psychology and her dream project is to start a charitable institute for the mentally ill.

22nd January, 2012 | 7 – 10 PM

Poetry by Jeet Thayil, Sudeep Sen & Tishani Doshi

Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt featuring Satvik Bhatt

Creator of the Mohan Veena and winner of a Grammy Award with Ry Cooder for their World Music Album, A Meeting by the River, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his delicate yet fiery music. A disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan also trained with his guru Swami Haridas. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it an evolutionary design & shape by adding 14 more strings.

Playing the keyboards is Satvik Bhatt , a child protege and also the Limca Book World Record holder (2002) for playing 45 ragas at the age 3.
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Dub Colossus

This project is the vision of Dub Colossus – Dubulah – aka Nick Page. Composer, guitarist, bass player and programmer Nick has worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. In 1990 he formed Trans-Global Underground with Tim Whelan and Hammid Man-Tu and in 1997 he formed Temple of Sound with Neil Sparkes. Dub Colossus was inspired by meeting, writing and working with Ethiopian singers and musicians in Addis Ababa in August 2006. Their album ‘Addis Through The Looking Glass’ was released in April 2011 to much acclaim.
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23rd January, 2012 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Ustaad Eltaf Mohammed Saharang

Ustaad Eltaf Hussain Sarahang of Afghanistan represents the best in the Indo-Afghan tradition of vocal classical music. Born in Kabul, Ustaad Eltaf learned classical music from his grandfather and his father Ustaad Mohammad Hussain Sarahang. His voice captures the essence of his gharana—clear and rich, at ease with pithy vistars, rhythmic behalavas and intricate taans. His professional career began with his appointment as the Royal Musician in the court of King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan. Ustaad Eltaf will be performing a combination of Khorasan, Amir-Khusrow and Sufi Classical Music.
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Parvathy Baul

Parvathy Baul is acclaimed for her masterful solo rendition in the oldest style of Baul song and dance. She sings with minimal use of Baul instruments like Duggie, Ektara and Nupur all played at the same time. She has inherited this style from Shri Sanatan Das Baul, who followed the style of legendary Baul Singer-Practitioner Shri NitaiKhapa. Her songs deal with universal love, humanity, the universe and self denial in life and practice.
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Duncan Bridgeman from 1 Giant Leap

Duncan Bridgeman from 1 Giant Leap will be performing material from both albums. Along with singer Krupa and bass player and beats merchant Trufix the performance will feature local Rajasthani musicians and collaborations with other performers present at the Jaipur festival making it a unique experience.
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