The Venice of the East, Udaipur, is all set to come alive with India’s first World Music Festival. The city-wide, multi-venue, music festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, will cut across several genres of music and bring together an interesting line up of artists from India and abroad.
“Music will be cutting across genres, with 14 countries featuring in one of India’s most picturesque locations perhaps for the first time. We are delighted to establish one of India’s biggest cultural events and want to give the people of India a never before musical experience,” says Sanjeev Bhargava, the director of the festival, which has been conceptualised and produced by Seher.
Excited to perform at the festival, Aleksandar Simic, an artist from Serbia, says, “I think it’s remarkable and an exciting beginning of something that stands a very good chance of becoming a landmark in India’s already rich cultural and touristic smorgasbord.”
“It’s a great honour to be a part of the Udaipur World Music Festival. It will create a platform for artists from all over the world to come and share their work and of course, to showcase Indian music along with its diversity, both contemporary as well as traditional,” says singer Sonam Kalra, who will also perform at the festival.
Artist line up at the two-day festival
Day 1 (Feb 13)
Instrumental trio: Aleksandar Simic, Saskia
Rao - de Haas, Shubhendra Rao, Sharat Chandra Srivastava and Fakhroddin Ghaffari (Serbia, Netherland, India, and Iran)
Carminho (Portugal) Flamenco music and dance (Spain) African beat music Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast) Fusion Rock: The Raghu Dixit Project (India)
Day 2 (Feb 14)
Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project Fusion: Mathias Duplessy and Mukhtiyar Ali (France and India) Jazz Fusion: Italy Meets India Moroccan Saharian Soul Oum (Morocco) Afro Beat Venezuelan Cumbia Family Atlantica (Venezuela and Ghana) Fusion Rock: Papon and the East India Company (India)
(Tentative schedule, subject to change)