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SHOWCASE ARTIST LINE-UP

FRIDAY
23 FEB

SATURDAY
24 FEB

SUNDAY
25 FEB

A Night at the Opera
by London Festival Opera

Appearing in New Delhi for the first time, and following the international success of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, London Festival Opera brings an opera show full of passion, drama, with and audience interaction. Featuring stars from the major opera companies, including Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is a programme of celebrated arias and ensembles from the popular operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and more, in a performance created to appeal to opera connoisseurs and newcomers alike.

Superb singing, a select chamber ensemble and elegant costumes, combine to make A Night at the Opera a performance not to be missed!

“Romancing the Romantic Era ”
by The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra brings together the finest of Irish and European orchestral musicians. Led by Derek Gleeson, team will comprise of Irish and International soloists and composers including renowned Piano Soloist Svetlana Smolina, Violin Soloist Charlie Siem and Musician Christo Pavlov celebrating the shared musical heritage, pursuing performance excellence in the tradition of classical and contemporary symphonic music. The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra has toured across the world. They were considered as the largest tour in USA in the year 2009. They opened for the Beijing Summer Fest in China in 2010. They have given voice to several contemporary compositions and have also worked closely with record labels such as BMG/Windham hill Record, Albany Records and many more.

ALAS (WINGS)
by The Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba

ALAS is a hymn to human spirituality.

Large are the wings of Icarus – flying, growing, yearning to get away and hoping that the wax never melts. But if it can reach a safe harbor where love and kindness reign... The show features an 8 piece Cuban band and a 16, all female, dance ensemble that fuses the mystery, passion, rhythm and music of Cuba!

ALAS is a fusion of ballet, flamenco and aphro cuban dance forms with highest precision and technique. Elaborately coifed and perfectly made up, they are anchored by sleek moments in unison.

Dance With The World Champs

D'INTENSITY BREAKERS

All the way from Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines, we have a group of street dancers called D'intensity Breakers also known as DIB. They were the grand finalists of 'Philipinas Got Talent'. With their death defying stunts and routines they will surely be rocking the Carnival Stage with routines ranging from hip-hop to break-dance.

Dance With The World Champs

JINJO CREW

Founded in 2001, this South Korean dance crew is all about Rising (jin) fire (jo). It is well known across the globe. They ruled the dancing charts from 2011 to 2013. They are ambitious enough to create and inspire a new movement through their uniqueness. Famous for b-boying, they have received several awards such as the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Award in 2016, 2015 Korea Best Record Awarded Art Award, 2014 Korean Wave Hip Hop Culture Award (Ministry of Culture and Tourism Minister Award), 2014 Dasan Award (Culture and Arts Division), 2011 Record Culture Award (Most Recorded) & 2010 B-boy Culture Award etc.

Dance With The World Champs

KRYPTONITE DANCE ACADEMY

Kryptonite Dance Academy is founded by Eugene Khomanani Baloyi and Zoyi Lindiwe Muendane. These two young individuals saw a gap in the South African market for recreational activities for the youth in Pretoria. Kryptonite Dance Academy is an institution aimed at educating the youth in a language they understand, through dance and music, a concept, which has enriched the lives of many living in impoverished areas around the world. Kryptonite Dance Academy Dancers HUB with aim of will training and exposing talented dancers with initiative, to local and International competitions.

AMAARA: A Journey of Love
By Navdhara India Dance Theatre

"I hear you, smell you, see you, touch you, taste you in every breath… you are my lover and I am yours". In one magical hour, Amaara takes you into a world of experiencing the body and mind as they fuse their way to nothingness - a love story that just is and always was.

In this work, the dancers, using Ashley Lobo’s Prana Paint™ technique, journey through themselves to explore their own identity and oneness – leaving the viewer with an experience that is felt rather than seen.

East Meets West

Music really is, so often, about innovation. The groups and artists that really make an impact on pop culture and become a memorable part of history are innovators. They may create something entirely new, something no one has ever heard before. They may also take an existing concept or idea and present it in a new way. That's what AFISHAL did with his Visual DJ Rig, the TREMOR.

East Meets West

Soulmate

Soulmate is a Shillong based blues band, which came together in February 2003 playing their first concert at the ‘Roots Festival' at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then the band has performed many concerts all over The Northeast as well as in different parts of India, Southeast Asia, Europe, The Middle East and The United States. Soulmate gained nationwide recognition and popularity within jazz and blues circles in India after they became the only blues band to represent the country at the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by The Blues Foundation of America, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in February 2007 and 2010.

JAZZ+

The afternoon Jazz session is a beautiful curation of the Indian and Western Jazz artists. This three hour swinging and soothing musical journey will start with our own Louiz Banks and then gently shift to A.J Croce who is a celebrated figure in the western Jazz scene. He represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his performance. The session will end with the headliner Peter Cincotti, the latest sensation with PHILADELPHIA the chartbuster number. This never before seen combination will unwind you and set you up for the lovely carnival night.

JAZZ+

Peter Cincotti

Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips. And this time, on his highly anticipated new album, he is indeed traveling a Long Way From Home. “Never before have I used the piano in this way. A few years ago, I began having these visions of an album that brings active, rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.” Peter learned how to play the instrument at the same age he learned how to walk and talk. It’s as integral to him as the bare essential elements of life. “It wasn’t something that I ever thought about doing, it was just something I did,” he recalls. “And as I got older, I consciously walked the line of learning more, and learning too much. The minute it gets too cerebral, it’s over.” A born and bred New Yorker, Cincotti spent much of his childhood going to school during the day and playing clubs at night. Legendary music producer Phil Ramone was there one of those nights, a discovery that led Ramone to produce Peter’s debut album which reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making 18-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Since then, Peter has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to L’Olympia in Paris, collaborated with artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta, has been featured in blockbuster films such as Spiderman 2, represented the global fashion brands Ermenegildo Zegna and Tod’s, and just recently appeared as himself in Season 3 of the hit Netflix series House Of Cards, singing a duet with the president played by Kevin Spacey. Along the way, his vibrant and socially-aware songwriting caught the ear of 16-time Grammy winner"

JAZZ+

A J Croce

Jazz Vocal Stylist and Pianist A.J. Croce has always traveled on his own musical road. For more than 25 years, the creative pop iconoclast has tapped a variety of Americana sounds in crafting his music. Croce’s nine albums have appeared on Top 40, AAA, Americana, College, and Jazz charts and when his breakout sophomore CD That’s Me in the Bar was reissued recently, it wound up charting in two separate decades. A virtuoso piano player, Croce performed at a TED Talk and gave a master class at the University of Barcelona. Over his 25-year career he has shared the stage with an innumerable list of eclectic artists, from Lyle Lovett to Ray Charles, Béla Fleck to James Brown, Lenny Kravitz to Morphine, and Rod Stewart to Dave Matthews. He’s also sat in with many notable performers, including Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Ry Cooder, the Neville Brothers, and Waylon Jennings. He’s co-written with acclaimed songwriters including Leon Russell, Gary Nicholson, and Robert Earl Keen and worked with legendary producers such as T- Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, and Allen Toussaint. He has been seen and heard on shows including Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Austin City Limits, and on MTV, CNN, and E! A.J’s music has been featured on television, in films, and commercials including for Coca Cola, Heineken, Levi’s, and Toyota.

JAZZ+

LOUIZ BANKS

Louiz Banks has been spearheading the Jazz Movement in India for the past three decades. He has been singularly instrumental in bringing a high standard of Jazz performance for jazz devotees in India. Apart from playing Jazz, he is the most sought after composer for advertising commercials, TV Serials, TV Themes, Curtain Raisers, Anthems Documentaries, Stage Musicals, Film Background scores, popular and Hindi Music. He has proved his calibre, time and again, by performances with greats such as Eddie Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Charlie Mariano, Yolande Bavan, John McLaughlin, Tony Lakatos, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, George Brooks , Wallace Roney , Bob Belden , Roseanna Vitro , Carl Clements, India's best jazz singer Pam Crain, World renowned South Indian Classical Singer Ramamani, Percussionist Sivamani, Ustad Zakir Husain, Shankar Mahadevan, the eminent Sultan Khan, among others and crowning it all with a tour all over India with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. When he is not playing music he paints impressionistic canvases in oil and acrylic.

Maestros' Duende

The Programme is an amalgamation of the masterpieces of Three Legendary Indian Classical Music Maestros. Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Shujaat Khan. The three icons rarely come together to mesmerize the audience. The audience will have a surreal experience of soaking in the divinity and serenity of Indian Classical Music. The 180 minutes of intricate Classical music experience will start with Shujaat Khan followed by Pandit Hari ji's performance for 45 minutes and Pandit Jasraj ji performance for 45 minutes, culminating in a duet of 30 minutes approx by both Pt. Hari ji and Pt. Jasraj ji in a Jugalbandi, which will create a high crescendo and leave the audience mesmerized with a divine ethereal experience asking for more.

Maestros' Duende

Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj

Born in a family with a legacy of four generations of outstanding musicians, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj was initiated into music by his revered father, Pandit Motiram, and later, by his elder brother and Guru, Pandit Maniram. Later,he was also guided by his spiritual Guru, Maharaja Jaiwant Singh.

He traverses masterfully over all four octaves, with his vocalizing characterized by a blend of classic and traditional music, as an intense spiritual expression.This gives his music a unique emotional texture.

Maestros' Duende

Pandit Harisprasad Chaurasia

An internationally acclaimed flautist of India, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is a very popular and eminent artiste par excellence who is known for his outstanding contribution in popularizing Indian Classical Music all over the world.

Unlike many other great Indian artistes, Pandit Chaurasia does not come from a family of musicians. Rather, music is a path he found for himself and struggled very hard to overcome all the hurdles that came his way to emerge out successful with his sheer grit, sincerity, hard work, devotion and dedication.

Maestros' Duende

Ustaad Shujaat Khan

Shujaat Hussain Khan is one of the greatest north Indian Classical Musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the Sitar and his style of playing sita, known as the Gayaki ang, is imitative of subtleties of the human voice.

Khan's musical career began at the age of three when he began participating on especially made small sitar. By the age of six, he was recognized as a child prodigy and began giving public performances.

Bollywood Night

Think of Sufi, think of Bollywood, close your eyes and imagine the numbers. Think of Peppy or Sufi Numbers and they start rolling in your memory. Sasural Genda Phool, Namak Ishq Ka... ...and of course Kun Faya, Aarziyan, Jashn-e-Bahara and so on… An ultimate combination of Bollywood and Sufi singing Rekha Bharadwaj and Javed Ali will give the audience all of this and beyond and mesmerize them with never before musical extravaganza of spiritual romananticism, and Bindaas attitude.

Bollywood Night

Rekha Bhardwaj

An award-winning Indian singer and live performer. She has received two Filmfare and one National Awards. In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in Bengali, Marathi and Punjabi languages. Born into a musical family in Delhi, Rekha began singing at the age of three. “They are five sisters and one brother. All of them started singing young. Their father would organise small music sessions each month where they could sing through the night for extended family and friends,”. Rekha says she never sang a mainstream film song at these gatherings. She always chose Hindustani classical pieces or ghazals. “I’m a melancholic person. I think I must have been a heartbroken woman in my last birth. How else do you explain gravitating towards ghazals — a genre based on yearning — so early?” It might also have had to do with her unique voice. She says it has always reflected the melancholy she identifies with — it’s thin, and conveys an inherent longing.

Bollywood Night

JAVED ALI

A very well appreciated, prolific Indian Playback Singer & Live Performer. He is widely regarded as the Versatile Golden Voice of all time in the Bollywood Film Industry. Born and brought up in Delhi, Javed Ali started singing at his early age from his father Ustad Hamid Hussian.Javed started his musical career as a playback singer with Jingles (Advertisements) and title tracks for TV soaps (TV Serials). Then he gradually moved into film music. He got his 1st break as a playback singer in the year 1998 for the film “Beti no.1.” (music director Mr. Viju Shah). There after Javed Ali’s musical career started growing by doing playbacks in films like ‘Chameli’, ‘Dil Jo bhi Kahey’, ‘Hasil’, ‘Kyun..ho Gaya Na’, ‘Neal n Nikki’, ‘Zindagi Rocks’, ‘Golmaal’ etc.

INSTINCTS

Come and experience the best “SUN”day soaking with an inspirational jamming session by Advaita, a Delhi based band that has fused the Indian music with different genres, followed by a soulful folk blues by Guru Rewben Masangwa. “Instintcs” also features the North-East’s star and also India’s Bob Dylan– Lou Majaw. The two and half hours of performance unfolds different sub-genres and local voices which are part of our lives, yet so special to be revisited. We promise a never before experience for you and your family.

INSTINCTS

GURU REWBEN MASHANGVA

The well known folk musician of Manipur has been devoting and contributing his entire life to the development of Folk Music of Naga.An ingenious Tangkhul Naga with very less education and background from Choithar a remote village in the Ukhrul district of Manipur, North-East India, Rewben Mashangva became one of the most popular and respected Naga musician of the country. And he has been hailed as ‘King of Naga Folk Blues’ while some journalists named him ‘cultural ambassador of the Nagas’.Born on 21st June 1961, Guru Rewben has come a long way in search of his true music. He is a composer, performer of Tangkhul (A Dialect spoken in Ukhrul District, Manipur) Naga Folk and has been involved in how to exponent the music.

INSTINCTS

ADVAITA

UJWAL NAGAR - HINDUSTANI VOCALS
Ujwal is in many ways a pioneer as a vocalist who has bridged the world of Indian classical music with other more contemporary styles of music.

MOHIT LAL - TABLA/PERCUSSION
Mohit's funky padhants (often using a megaphone to get a filtered effect) and his constantly grooving stage presence make him a favourite with audiences wherever Advaita plays.

SUHAIL YUSUF KHAN - SARANGI / HINDUSTANI VOCALS
A stellar classical sarangi player who has already toured the world, Suhail's greatest quality is his interest in and ability to adapt to musical styles from all kinds of musical cultures and traditions, including an avid interest in electronic music

AMAN SINGH RATHORE - DRUMS
Aman, a.k.a Kumar, has been a drum teacher for several years and he enjoys playing a variety of drumming styles.

ANINDO BOSE - KEYBOARDS / ELECTRONICS
Anindo's phenomenal harmonic sense and solid keyboard playing is the glue that holds the Advaita sound together

ABHISHEK MATHUR - GUITARS / ELECTRONICS
Abhishek's textural guitar playing is one of the elements that characterize the Advaita sound. He is also one of the lyricists

CHAYAN ADHIKARI - VOCALS / ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Chayan's voice carries the emotion of Advaita's songs. One of the main lyric writers in the set up, he has also emerged as a guitar player and plays the acoustic in the band.

INSTINCTS

Lou Majaw

Lou Majaw is a renowned shillong artiste for his tribute to Bob Dylan and his body of music. He is gifted with an intense baritone voice and beautiful musical skills. His band “Ace of Spade” performs covers of Dylan’s songs since 1972 after he first heard Bob Dylan’s name in Calcutta.

A couple of years after he discovered Dylan’s music, Majaw has held a celebration in his honour in Meghalaya, bringing together folk and rock-and- roll artistes from across India and the world.

Lou Majaw was awarded with the 4th Dr Bhupen Hazarika Award by the Governor of Assam for his contribution to music. Lou’s music evolved to take a variety of forms such as classic rock, blues, reggae, etc. while maintaining its rock ‘n’ roll roots. However, it was Bob Dylan and his music which came to define Lou Majaw the most. The album “The Road Ahead” has already celebrated 50 years of Lou Majaw in the Indian music scene and his music.

EDM Night

SIGMA

One of the oldest EDM duo, Sigma, includes Cameron James Edwards and Joseph Aluin Lenzie. This British Drum Bass DJ gained worldwide importance after their single 'Nobody to Love', which also became the UK number one. They have collaborated with various artists such as Doctor, Ella Henderson, Rita Ora, Labrinth, Birdy and many more. They have got gold and platinum certification from several record companies.

EDM Night

ALPHA9

Russian born DJ/Producer ALPHA9 lives to take listeners on truly transformative and memorable audio experiences. He is known by most of the electronic dance music industry by the alias ALPHA9 and has been on an uncommon electronic odyssey. ALPHA9 has established himself as one of the music industry's most prodigious talents, and has become a go-to for others artists, crafting immensely popular remixes for Halsey, OneRepublic, London Grammar, Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson, and Years & Years.

EDM Night

Music really is, so often, about innovation. The groups and artists that really make an impact on pop culture and become a memorable part of history were innovators. They may create something entirely new, something no one has ever heard before. They may also take an existing concept or idea and present it in a new way. That's what AFISHAL did with his Visual DJ Rig, the TREMOR. One real cool factor about Afishal is that he turned “the fall of live music” to his favour.

EDM Night

Anish Sood

Anish Sood is an acclaimed DJ and music producer who was one of the first few breakthrough artists in the homegrown dance music industry at a time when the concept was at it's nascent stage in India. One of the busiest DJs in the country, his touring schedule includes close to 90 performances a year, playing sold out shows across clubs and headliner performances at some of the biggest dance music festivals in the country. An unparalleled stage presence and close to a decade of experience makes him create a benchmark in the highly competitive and expanding dance music circuit. Born and raised in Goa, the pioneering mastermind began his innings with music at 16 years with no formal education.

Red Bull Flying Bach

You think Bach and break-dance don't go together? The quadruple break-dance world champions Flying Steps and opera director Christoph Hagel will not only prove you wrong. With the fascinating performance of Red Bull Flying Bach they will even show you that they're a perfect match.

For this extraordinary composition of breakdance and classical music the show did not only win an ECHO Klassik special award. With its unique and innovative visualization of Bach's “Well-tempered Clavier" it breaks the barriers between high and urban culture.

The Flying Steps were founded by Vartan Bassil and Kadir , Amigo Memis in Berlin in 1993. Only one year later they won the Battle of the Year (BOTY) for the first time. And that was just the beginning. Another milestone in the history of the quadruple breakdance world champions was the establishment of the Flying Steps Academy in Berlin in 2007. Today it is the biggest urban dance school in Germany. In 2010 Red Bull Flying Bach was born – the company's first in-house production. Only shortly after it was followed by the show Red Bull Flying Illusion, which premiered in Berlin's Tempodrom in 2014. With both productions the Flying Steps have excited live audiences of more than half a million.

"Red Bull Flying Bach turns classical music on its head. And then spins it around" - The Washington post
"This world needs more of it!" - Berlin newspaper

Lore from Rajasthan

A legendry folk artist, GULABO not only got the flamboyant dance style "kalbeliya", conceptualized and choreographed by herself, indentified across the globe but got her community, a nomadic one, a never imagined recognition. Battling all the odds that life thrust upon her she proceeded with courage and perseverance for the honour of the nation, her community and her family. The dance form, she introduced, is today one of the major features the state of Rajasthan is identified within the culture and tourism map. Having performed her Sapera dance in over “165 countries with the exception of Pakistan”, Gulabo has lately been collaborating with French composer Thierry 'Titi' Robin. The duo released a 14-track album 'Rakhi' in 2002, featuring a fusion of Robin's mediterranean music with Rajasthan's rusty gypsy sounds performed by Gulabo. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016

Zest for Life

JASLEEN ROYAL

Jasleen Kaur Royal commonly known as Jasleen Royal is an independent Indian singer, songwriter and a music composer who sings in Punjabi, Hindi as well as in English. She won an award for the Best Indie Song at the MTV Video Music Awards India 2013. She received this award for her debut song "Panchi Ho Jaava", composed on a poem by late Shiv Kumar Batalvi.

Zest for Life

HARI SUKHMANI

One band, 2 individuals - singers, songwriters and producers. Hari ★ Sukhmani have been creating fresh and eclectic sound, fusing traditional punjabi folk music with ambient electronica embodying their powerful, singular and independent spirit. Inspired by famous Sufi poets like Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Kabir and Shah Hussain. Hari ★ Sukhmani aim to make music that speaks to the soul, resonating with every generation.

The Rocking Indians

Get ready to get swooned over the amazing amalgamation of the music from across the country. Come witness India’s best of the best at one place.

The ever famous and winners of our hearts since 2000 - Indian Ocean. The great Indian Folk & Rock group hailing from Karnataka- Raghu Dixit Project and the North-East’s star and also India’s Bob Dylan– Lou Majaw.

The Rocking Indians

Indian Ocean

A contemporary fusion music band with jazz laced rhythms. Formed in the early 90's Indian Ocean has been one of the spearheads of the Indian Rock Scene. Their unique sound of Contemporary Rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion have earned them a cult following. Their band has managed to maintain this inimitable sound in all their albums and have attained some rave reviews from the critics.

Some of the themes of their songs are sufism, environmentalism and mythology. Definitely exclusive in what they do, Indian Ocean have toured all over India and played all across the globe.

The Rocking Indians

Raghu Dixit Project

Often hailed as India's biggest cultural & musical export, their unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. A unique, energetic, musical experience, 'The Raghu Dixit Project' is one of the most sought after bands in India at the moment. Having played across the length and breadth of the country, the band now features prominently and quite regularly on some of the biggest music festivals around the world.

"The Raghu Dixit Project has a modern, global sound that is rooted and true to India's rich cultural heritage" Raghu Dixit, and The Raghu Dixit Project, are best known for taking ancient Kannada poetry, and presenting it around the world with a contemporary, global sound. From their colourful lungis, a take on their cultural heritage, to their rooted and earthy sound, they have become a stellar example of modern India. Raghu's music truly transcends age and genre, having played in concerts with over 100,000 people in Karnataka, being featured on some of the biggest music based shows in the world including BBC's "Later .. with Jools Holland", and festivals like Glastonbury. Over the last 5 years, the band has been a regular feature at venues around the world, most notably their last International tour that spanned 6 countries and over 30 venues of the likes of the Sydney Opera House.

In India, The Raghu Dixit Project performs at music festivals, music venues, corporate shows, college festivals and private events.

The Rocking Indians

Sivamani

For Sivamani, music is a passion and self-learnt. It runs in his blood as his father was S.M. Anandan, a renowned drummer in the South Indian Film Industry. At an early age of seven, his father initiated him into music. Apart from drums, he started learning violin and harmonium. Again his father showed the path — to his gurus Noel Grant, Billy Cobham, Trilok Gurtu, and Lewis Pragasam. Sivamani started his musical career at the age of 12, and later shifted to Mumbai. His first studio break was playing for one of South India’s leading music composers – K. V.Mahadevan. By the age of 13, he had started building his professional music career with S.P. Balasubramaniam, who he considers to be his godfather. He started as a substitution music maestro Ilayaraja’s group. But soon, his talent was spotted by Ilayaraja and he found a permanent position in the group. Also, it marked the beginning of a successful career building strong relationships with a lot of music composers in both Tamil and Malayalam film industry including T. Rajendhar, Sam Joseph and Sankar Ganesh.Sivamani always showed keen interest in taking inspiration from Indian classical music.

Sufi Night

The beauty of Sufism lies in the translation of poetry into music, which not only makes up for an enriching experience for the listeners, but also lets them embark on a journey of soul searching. Such is the beauty of sa’ma’ another name for music in Sufi.

The Sikandra Gharana has an overwhelming historic legacy, with the singers participating in various musical events at the Dargah of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia as court singers. They are known to perform Qawaali which was written by the famous poet Amir Khusro himself in honour of Hazrat Nizamuddin. Late Ustad Mehmood Nizami was one of the finest singers this Gharana has produced, which earned him the accolade of “Sultan Ragi” from the first president of independent India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Such is the grandeur and magnificence of this Gharana that its singers achieved heights of musical accomplishments taking forward the legacy to even greater heights. Late Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, another impeccably talented Sufi singer hailing from this gharana took it on his stride to take Indian culture and tradition to a wider audience through Qawaali, Shayaris, poems, Ghazals and Bhajans.

SELFIE
by Rainbow Dance Theatre

RDT’s newest production “SELFIE” presents non-stop surprises and stunning beauty when dance and technology collide onstage. The work features the popular social media phenomenon of the selfie as an integral part of the production both when audience members text their own selfies to the stage and as a point of departure for an exploration of the mystery of “self”. Through high-powered dancing and the wizardry of motion tracking technology, audiences will be swept into an otherworldly artistic wonderland. Then audience members’ journey with RDT through an exotic landscape – a sometimes gentle, sometimes explosive terrain – as “SELFIE” delves into the mystery of the “self”. Are we our outer perceived persona, our inner emotions, or our deep unconscious self? Or are we the selfie that we “share” with the world?

Mahanatam - Cosmic Dance of Shiva

Drs. Raja and Radha Reddy are a legendary Kuchipudi dancing couple, gurus and choreographers. Their names are synonymous with Kuchipudi dance and are regarded solely responsible for bringing it on the cultural map of the world.

The Performance Mahanatam is an ode to an era when the celestial dances of Hara (Shiva a.k.a. Nataraja) and Parvati the artificer duo of the Universe mesmerized the sagacious connoisseurs. He is the creator of the majestic Tandavam (masculine dance) and lyrical Lasyam (feminine dance) that are an integral part of all creatures of the universe.

The music for this production is apostrophic and descriptive. The dancers depict the creation of Lasya and Tandava and its infusion into the creatures. They conclude with an intricate rhythmic piece that defines five rhythmic sub-divisions (jaatis) that sprang from the feet of Lord Shiva, giving an electrifying climax to 'Mahanatam'.

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