Jaipur Literature Fest Prime Attraction: Music


Jaipur : Books and authors may be the primary attraction as usual at the ninth Jaipur Literature Festival, but music isn’t too far behind.

With a range of performances traversing a variety of genres, from folk to rock, from classical to electronic, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

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Each day’s proceedings will be kicked off with a classical or folk music performance at the front lawns of Diggi Palace, and will be capped off with an evening concert at Hotel Clarks Amer.

Opening the festival will be local Rajasthani musicians Nathoo Solanki and Chugge Khan who will mark the start of five days of festivities at Diggi Palace. They will be joined on stage by Gaayatri Kaundinya, a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar Senia Gharana.

For those who prefer the traditional touch, there’ll also be performances by Padma Shree Ustad Wasufuddin Dagar, Punjabi folk and jazz singer and sarangi player Amrit Kaur Lohia and Sufi singer Mukhtiyar Ali, to look forward to.

Audiences can also look forward to performance from the pioneers of the Indian electronica scene Midival Punditz, comprising Delhi-based duo, Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj.

Joining them on the night of January 22 will be Skavengers whose  melange of ska, rocksteady, dub, jazz and punk influences has seen their popularity skyrocketing.

Fusion band Mrigya, whose sound incorporates modern and contemporary elements enmeshed with classical Indian music, is slated for a performance on the next night. Joining them will be internationally celebrated fusion artist Karsh Kale, who is set to be a big draw among music junkies.

Sunday evening is set to witness one of country’s top fusion bands based Swarathma, in action. The Bangalore based band with a unique medley of sound rooted in Indian folk traditions while drawing on rock, blues and reggae motifs, will be the headlining act to close out the day.