you through the journeys of women performers in India from the salon to
the studio. It attempts to give an insight into and a perspective on
the beginning of the interface of technology and entertainment, and the
irreversible impact this has had on how we listen to, enjoy and consume
music. It acknowledges an important slice of the history of Indian music
which is celebrated the world over today in its many forms and avatars.
a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi with Vaishnava Jana To - a Gujarati bhajan
written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. The paintings are
from the well known artist Haku Shah’s collection “Nitya Gandhi”. This
bhajan, rendered in the Sabarmati Ashram style, was included
in Gandhiji’s daily prayer. It speaks about the life, ideals and
thoughts of everyday people.
Enter a world of music and poetry
with The LastMughal, a performance that takes us back
to a bygone era of matchless splendour – the period of the lastMughals.
Based on the book of the the well known
author William Dalrymple, William and the celebrated North
Indian vocalist VidyaShah celebrate the bygone era of
India's lastMughals, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets,
courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love through word and music.
This evocative evening features
readings by award winning author from his book The LastMughal:
The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 and the vocals of Vidya Shah celebrating
the poignant and robust folk poetry of the time and ghazals of the Mughal court.
Sit back on cushions, bolsters and
satin throws as Vidya and William take us back in time into the vivid world of
"While it is really every musician's discretion to choose the genre and music that they wish to explore, protest music comes with an added responsibility — it is after all for questioning and protesting, not just about performing! And to that extent the context in which it is performed brings a lot of value to it — the rally, the sit-in protest or dharna, the mass public meetings and so on. Taking it to a performance platform pulls the sting out of it — tames it, reduces it to mere entertainment. The success of protest music in bringing about change is intrinsically dependent on its ability to gather a mass following for a cause — the more the number of people who can identify with the lyrics, the better the chances of the cause being conveyed."