Jaipur Beat is excited to usher you into the Ranthambore Festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Nahargarh Palace– a splendid property of the Thakurs of Alsisar in Ranthambore forest! Ranthambore is a wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise and a perfect weekend gateway from Jaipur.
Now, imagine an exciting weekend replete with the strains of folk music, majestic performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, fantastic interactive talks on conservation success stories by wildlife conservationists, music workshops, yoga & meditation camps, all in the stunning Nahargarh Palace in Ranthambore Forest. January 27-29 2017. It’s long weekend – you know what to do. And here we have a list of the globally acclaimed artists who are going to perform at the Ranthambore Festival!
Best known as a dance legend, Mallika Sarabhai has inspired generations into carrying our cultural legacy of movement proudly into the future. Her Dance performance with accompanying artists will enthrall you at the Hathi Kund in Nahargarh!
Popularly known as the Ustad Ma, the Sufi legend Zila Khan will take the class on the basics of appreciating traditional Indian music, as well enlightening the audiances on the history and legacy of classical Indian music in ‘The Grammar of Music’ workshop on the second day of the festival.
She is the Ruhani Beghum from the movie Bajirao Mastani 🙂
Be it folk, jazz, world music, blues or rock, Maati Baani seamlessly blends these styles to bring together diverse listeners from across genres and nationalities. Their new video-album series is the first of its kind in the world, featuring more than 70 artistes across 20 countries collaborating with them via internet.
Ustad Hakim Khan
Ustad Hakim Khan is one of the last and the most prolific Kamaicha players left in the world. He has also trained his son, Bariam Khan, who was also one of his first students.
Kamaicha is a string instrument made of mango wood, featuring a round resonator covered in goat leather. His 400 year old instrument is fashioned simply, yet capable of a rich and complex depth of sound. While the maestro lives a humble life in Hadwa today, he once resided in Paris and travelled the globe, imparting his wisdom and prowess to students from around the world. Are you excited to hear the maestro’s Khamaicha?
Rajeev Raja Combine
Rajeev Raja, who holds this ‘huge’ name in the world of musicians, is one of the best Jazz and Fusion flautists in India. His fusion band with elements from various styles like Jazz, Indian classical, Latin, etc is something not to be missed. They are coming to Ranthambore to enthrall you with the powerful rhythms and spontaneous syncopation.
Gafoor Khan– the Khartal king
India’s foremost Khartaal performer, Ustaad Gafoor Khan is the name no unknown. The palm-sized instrument, forged in his own family creates the ‘Heartbeat of the Desert’, when played!
Dive into the sea of music and get smitten by the tales of centuries past as this celebrated folk musician puts on a mesmerizing performance with his vocals, harmonium and khartaal’s mastery.
Born in Ougrée, Belgium, Fabrizio Cassol is a celebrated saxophonist and composer, whose work spans opera, theatre and dance. Cassol is the true pillar of the Belgian jazz scene, when plays with the chords, leaves everyone in love with saxophone and the saxophonist.
You’ll get to experience the mesmerizing convergence of East and West, when Zila Khan & The Nomads join forces with The Rajeev Raja Combine, along with Fabrizio Cassol for a riveting performance that will take the listeners on the journey to the best of both worlds.
Folk Music Performances by the Folk Artists discovered by Ranthambore Festival team
Ranthambore Festival is promoting the unidentified talent of folk artists from the remotes of Rajasthan’s desert. It is to provide them a platform to showcase their skills. You’ll get to listen to the Tales from the tribe by Hakam Khan, Lalu Khan, Kutla Khan Mansamram and many others and Indigenous Folk Music by Latif Khan, Adrim Khan, Ramzan Khan and other musicians. Get ready for an euphonious experience!
Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café
Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe is a five piece, neo-fusion band that includes a folk singer, a Carnatic violinist, a freestyle drummer and a self-taught mandolin player. Each member contributes his disparate musical background to create their unique contemporary fusion sound. Together, they revive the timeless verses of the great poet Kabir by weaving them together with rock, fusion, pop and reggae styling. They released their debut album Pancharang last year to much applause.
Sufi Performance by Rajasthan Police
Last but never the least! Rajasthan Police’s Sufi avatar is back again to steal the show. Their performance in the South Asian Sufi Festival at Jaipur can still be cherished :), but this time they are promising it to be entirely different from the usual!
So what’s still keeping you at bay? Get your passes and plunge into the magic of world’s greatest musicians, for the course of three days of celebrating the music, literary sessions and wildlife. Register here:http://ranthamborefestival.org/register/
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