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Amarrass Desert Music Festival in Delhi

Experience a unique fusion of two diverse music forms from the Sahara and Thar deserts on a single stage. A music festival in the Capital will bring you the best of both the lands at one stage.

music Updated: Nov 25, 2011 00:16 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

Do you want to venture on a musical journey from the Sahara to the Thar in just two days? Well, don’t start packing your bags, as a music festival in the Capital will bring you the best of both the lands at one stage.

Called the Amarrass Desert Music Festival, the two day extravaganza will unite Sufi, rock and folk music on a single platform. “The show is going to be a musical and visual experience. We have planned it in such a way that musicians connect with the audience. We’re sure that Delhiites will enjoy it”, says Ankur Malhotra of Amarrass Records.

At the festival, musicians from Mali and Rajasthani Manganiyars will be performing together on stage. “No one in India has ever brought Rajasthani and Malian musicians together on stage. Though rooted in the same physical environment - the desert, these people live in two different worlds, yet there are similarities in their music, their instruments, and even in their affinity for certain colours,” says Malhotra.

While the musicians from the Thar region are continuing a 400-year-old tradition of Sufi and folk music, the artists from Sahara showcase the folk sounds of the African desert, with influences of jazz, blues and rock. “They will be performing both together and separately,” says Malhotra.

Talking about his performance at the festival, Lakha Khan, a sarangi craftsmen and musician from the Manganiyar community says, “My playlist will include a mix of instrumental pieces on the Sarangi and traditional songs from the region.”

The festival will also see performances by Mamadou Sidiki Diabate, who is a renowned solo kora player, and, Malian musician Vieux Farka Toure, who was invited to perform at the FIFA 2010 opening ceremony. “I’m looking forward to perform in Delhi. It will be an amazing experience to play with the traditional artists of India,” says Toure.

Catch them live...
What: Amarras Desert Music Festival
When: November 26-27
Timing: 6pm to 10 pm (gates open at 5)
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium
Tickets: Invites available at or by calling 011-46661200

First Published: Nov 24, 2011 19:03 IST