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Udaipur World Music Festival: A romantic rendezvous with music in the city of lakes

Planning a romantic getaway ahead of Valentine’s Day? Head to the third edition of Udaipur World Music festival, and enjoy the magic of music.

music Updated: Jan 28, 2018 14:39 IST
Nabanita Das
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will perform live at the upcoming Udaipur World Music Festival festival.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will perform live at the upcoming Udaipur World Music Festival festival.

Where words leave off, music begins — do you, too, find truth in these words by German poet Heinrich Heine? Explore the answer, in the weekend before Valentine’s Day, by gifting your beloved an unforgettable rendezvous at Udaipur World Music Festival, in the Indian city of love — Udaipur.

Conceptualised by the cultural organisation Seher, the third edition of the festival is spread over three-days, and will have performances by Indian artists such as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Anand Bhaskar Collective, Bipul Chettri & the Travelling Band, and international artists including Maya Kamaty (France), Oi Dipnoi (Italy), Shubh Saran (US), and Flavia Coelho (Brazil).

Bipul Chettri and The Travelling Band will bring Himalayan music to stage.

Since its inception, the festival has carved a niche by giving a platform to artists across the globe, and binding people from different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures with music. “We have established a destination festival in Udaipur. Every year we try to add more magnificence to our main theme of bringing the best of world music to Indians, for free,” says Sanjeev Bhargava, founder of Seher, and director of UWMF.

This year, while celebrating the essence of diversity and richness of a global culture through music, each session in the festival will represent a different mood of the day. The mornings will witness soft meditative music whereas the afternoons will make the attendees sway to romantic tunes. New York-based Indian artist Subh Saran, who will perform on February 10 with his band, says, “We will be performing my original music, which is a blend of modern jazz, neo-soul, and rock with classical and contemporary Indian music. My Indian-musician life and American-musician life have always been different, but thanks to this tour, I’ll finally be able to merge these two worlds.”

Known for their high-octane performances, the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy — popular for their Bollywood numbers— are pepped-up for the festival. “We are looking forward to the festival. You get a different high when you perform live, and get the audience to sing along,” says Shankar Mahadevan, singer-composer.

French electronic band Nojazz will perform their signature tunes at the fest.

For foreign artists visiting India for the first-time, the festival gives a chance to explore the country, its diverse culture and beautiful locales. “I’m exited to come to Udaipur because it will be my first visit to India. I am looking forward to meeting new people, exploring their culture, music and food! I wish I had more time to discover the place,” says Flavia Coelho, singer from Brazil.

So, Delhiites, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to this musical extravaganza!

Catch It Live
  • What: Udaipur World Music Festival
  • Where: Fateh Sagar Pal, Gandhi Ground, Udaipur
  • When: February 9 to 11
  • Timings: (Afternoon session) 3pm to 5pm, and (Evening session) 7pm

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