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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 | Live music sessions program !

Jaipur Literature Festival is opening tomorrow!

One of the biggest free literary festival in the world, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will start tomorrow, for five days of readings, debates and discussions between famous thinkers and writers from all over the world.

It will showcase the rich culture of its home state, Rajasthan,and feature as well live music sessions that we can't wait to attend to along with over 200 000 expected visitors!

Here is the Evening music program of the Festival you can't miss if you are in Jaipur:

The Music Stage is at Clarks Amer Hotel from 7pm to 10pm.

Ticket Price: INR 400/day or INR 1400 for Seasons Pass

21st January

The King & the Corpse – Performance Storytelling


With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented, Preacher – TUUP – takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of stunning 2,000 year old tales. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members of the wild world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th Century Indian fairytale to the contemporary stage.

Alim Qasimov Ensemble: Spiritual Sounds of Azerbaijan Presented in collaboration with Aga Khan Music Initiative


Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana are classical Azerbaijani musicians. Their repertoire consists of popular bardic songs sung by ashiqs, or singer-songwriters who might be considered modern-day troubadours. Qasimov was awarded the prestigious IMC–UNESCO International Music Prize for Performers – the same award received in previous years by Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Yehudi Menuhin, and Benny Goodman. He performs regularly in concert venues throughout the world and has collaborated with many artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Rajasthani Musicians including Jaisalmer Boys, Queen Harish, Dancers & Fire-Eaters


Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, the Jaisalmer boys and many 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 by Queen Harish, the dancing whirling Queen of the desert of India, who has been performing all over the world!

22nd January

The stage will be at the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

6:15pm onwards

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Reading by Shabana Azmi & Rasa-Duende (Spain)

Jose Salinas (Flamenco voice & percussion)A creation on Flamenco music, choreographic dance-theatre and poetry, inspired b the Poems Of Cante Jondo- Federico Garcia Lorca.

Monica de la Fuente (Dance and Recitation) Carlos Blanco (Flamenco Guitar)

The Music Stage is at Clarks Amer Hotel from 7pm to 10pm.

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Still Dirty is Jeet Thayil’s ongoing music project which originated in Berlin in 2013. The New Delhi edition took shape with the inclusion of Anup Kutty (Menwhopause), Tony Guinard (Ska Vengers), Shiv Ahuja (Five8), Shardul Mehta (Joint Family) and various musicians from the city’s independent music scene. Collaborative, texture heavy and psychotropic, Still Dirty is poetry with sound.

Tanuja Desai Hidier & Gaurav Vaz


Tanuja Desai Hidier is an author/singer-songwriter born and raised in the USA and currently based in London. Her first novel, Born Confused, is now considered a classic work, recently hailed by both Rolling Stone Magazine and Entertainment Weekly as one of the best young adult novels of all time. Her first album, When We Were Twins (songs based on Born Confused), was featured in Wired Magazine for being the first-ever ‘booktrack’. Her new novel, Bombay Blues, launches at JLF along with her ‘booktrack’ album of original accompanying songs, Bombay Spleen. Tanuja will be accompanied by album contributor Gaurav Vaz (of The Raghu Dixit Project) for a ‘rock-n-reading’ acoustic set

Transglobal Underground & Fanfara Tirana in collaboration with R.Bharat Brass Band


Transglobal Underground is a London-based music collective who specialize in a fusion of western, oriental and African music styles. Their single Temple Head was used in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign for the 1996 Olympic Games. In 2008 they won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music after the release of their seventh official album, Moonshout. Their most recent release is collaboration with Albanian brass band Fanfara Tirana entitled Kabatronics which was released on World Village Records in February 2013.

Fanfara Tirana consists of members of the military band of the Albanian armed forces, who play for weddings and parties when not on official duties. They team up with British global dance mavericks Transglobal Underground. Resulting in a highly entertaining mix of Albanian traditional music, Balkan rhythms, with echoes of India and the Caribbean. They use elements borrowed from dub reggae, jazz and what sounds like Balkan funk.

The R.Bharat Brass Band led by Aamir Damami is a widely traveled Jaipur based brass band which has performed with artistes such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Siva Mani, Kailash Kher, Hansraj Hans, Ravindra Jain, Sukhwinder Singh, Richa Sharma, Jaspinder Narula, Salim Suleman, Ustad Tofiq Qureshi & Anuradha Paudwal. The band has performed on Coke Studio with Saleem Sulaiman and has also been a part of India’s Got Talent (Season-3).

23rd January


Sain Zahoor is an internationally recognized Pakistani folk singer who has received the BBC World Music Award in 2006. Extensively traveled, he sings and plays the Iktara, a traditional single stringed instrument. He belongs to the ancient tradition of the roving minstrel who moved from one place to another playing the instrument and singing the kalam (poetry) of the sages. This was the most patent manner in which the message of love and tolerance which the Sufis advocated reached the ordinary man.


Dub Colossus is the vision of Dubulah – aka Nick Page. Composer, guitarist, bass player, producer and programmer Nick has worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. Promoting their highly acclaimed 4th album Addis To Omega, Dub Colossus will be appearing in their 5 piece lineup featuring the vocal talents of PJ Higgins and Mykaell S Riley.From Ethio – Jazz to full on funky grooves with a little Afrobeat thrown in for good measure, all thrown into the blender, yet loving put back together on a solid foundation of Dub. This is global dub for the 21st century.


Rizwan Muazzam Qawals from Pakistan consist of singers and musicians lead by brothers Rizwan and Muazzam. Hailing from a family of musicians consisting of father Mujahid Ali Khan and uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, their music has been passed down from generation to generation. The group was formed in 1998 in Britain at the WOMAD Festival and has since performed to much critical acclaim. They have traveled far and wide and have rendered their numbers at various festivals and concerts. Their repertoire is traditional and they sing in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Punjabi.

Midival Punditz


The past decade has seen the rise of the Indian electronica scene within India and no single band has had more influence on its growth than the Midival Punditz. They have become the most in-demand producers and re-mixers in India, with remix credits for some of the biggest Bollywood soundtracks such as Don, Chak De andKarthik Calling Karthik. They have also licensed music to some Hollywood films like Closer and hit TV shows – Prison Break and Six Feet Under. The Punditz were one of the first Indian acts to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone (India).

For more details on the scheduled program of the Festival, click here:

See you over there for live music or on a cycle in our morning tours!!

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