Witness the country’s finest musical festival for free in Udaipur, from 9-11 February

Witness the country’s finest musical festival for free in Udaipur, from 9-11 February

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | | 27 January, 2018
Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.
Get ready for one of the biggest musical treats as Udaipur World Music Festival is all set to return with impressive bands and a line-up of renowned artistes from all across the world.

Get ready for one of the biggest musical treats as Udaipur World Music Festival is all set to return with impressive bands and a line-up of renowned artistes from all across the world. Set to be held from 9-11 February, the highlight of the festival is that there is free entry for all.

 The festival popularly known for its grandeur and glamour, promises to be much bigger with strikingly beautiful venues and soulful performances by renowned bands and artistes for three days. To be held in the majestic city of lakes:Udaipur, the festival which witnessed a footfall of more than 50,000 people visiting from different parts of the World during its last two editions, assures an interesting itinerary with artistes from France, USA, Nepal, Spain, Italy, Thailand and India giving music lovers a taste of jazz, classical, rock and pop music.

The festival, conceptualised and produced by SEHER, presented by Hindustan Zinc Limited, Wonder Cement and RajasthanTourism, will host live performances by famous bands like Txarango from Spain and Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho and many other artistes who will be performing for the first time in the country. Music connoisseurs will also get to enjoy soulful renditions by the much lauded musical trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy from India and The Ransom Collective from Philippines. Celebrating cultural diversity at its best, the festival also promises to provide platform to local Rajasthani artistes along with an insightful exposure to the local communities.

The event will also host some of the most renowned music artistes including Italian musician Oi Dipnoi, singer-songwriter of Himalayan folk Bipul Chettri, New York-based Indian guitarist and composer Shubh Saran and French musical artist Maya Kamaty amongst others.

Talking about performing at the festival, Bipul Chettri  said, “We have heard so much about the Udaipur World Music Festival from our musician friends who have performed here in the earlier editions. Our musical sound takes inspiration from the folk melodies of the Himalayas which we try and present in a contemporary setting. Most of the compositions are mostly reminiscent of tunes and melodies long forgotten in the space of time which we try to recreate in a folk / folkrock concept. We intend to bring this sound of the Himalayan mountains to the deserts of Rajasthan and can’t wait to perform there.”

Since its inception in 2016, the festival has not only garnered warm responses from its audience but has also emerged as an influential musical event that tends to bind people together from different ethnicity, backgrounds and culture.

“It has been a fantastic experience to see tremendous response from music lovers in the past two editions. This year we have planned to take the festival to new levels with an eclectic line up of world musicians who will be performing during the festival. The festival is a celebration of myriad cultures, ethnicities and colorful traditions through music,” shares Sanjeev Bhargava, festival director of Udaipur World Music Festival.

Unlike its past editions which were equally captivating for music lovers, the most iconic music festival in India will celebrate the diversity and richness of World culture and brings them at the doorstep of one of India s most popular tourist destinations, Udaipur. Each session will represent a different mood of the day. If mornings will witness soft meditative music, afternoons will personify the romantic mood beside lakes, while the beautiful evenings will focus on youthful music which will tend to bring together people from all age, groups and sections of the society.

Music band Txarango from Barcelona said of the event, “We play world music influenced by different cultures and the party philosophy of the Mediterranean.  We don’t understand music without the consciousness and the cooperation with associations and NGO’s who help to build a better and fairer world. We are going to play for the first time in India at Udaipur World Music Festival and we want everyone dancing with us.”

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