The Mahindra Kabira Festival concluded its sixth edition with an evening of music | Tech US News


Sarood maestro, Pandit Vikash Maharaj, along with his sons, sitar player/singer Abhishek Maharaj and tabla player Prabhash Maharaj, staged an act titled Untouched Music of Banaras.

Honoring the legacy of 15th century mystic poet Kabir, the splendor of the ghats and the unique cultural flavor of Varanasi, the sixth edition of the Mahindra Kabira Festival kicks off its two-day celebration on 20 November 2022 with a musical medley. The chaos of the oldest city, the festival started with a melodious musical morning program featuring Indian classical singer Rama Sundar Ranganathan from Indore family along with tabla player, Ustad Akhtar Hasan and Pandit. Bharat Bhushan Goswami on sarangi.

Sanjay K Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts said, “The last two days have witnessed captivating performances, including visual, theatrical but also a musical and philosophical aspect of Saint Kabir, set against the holy Ganges in the city of Varanasi. We are truly grateful to all the artists, partners and audiences who have come from all over the world to be a part of our efforts to keep the spirit of Mahindra Kabira alive.

Jay Shah, Vice President, Head – Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, said, “As the sun sets on this year’s Mahindra Kabira Festival, our hearts are filled with the warmth of the people, artists and audiences of Varanasi. We leave Varanasi with a promise to return with another soulful festival!

Sarood maestro, Pandit Vikash Maharaj, his sons, sitar player/singer Abhishek Maharaj and tabla player Prabhash Maharaj presented an act called Untouched Music of Banaras showcasing the great skill and artistry of the Banaras gharana. This charismatic father and son trio brings so much joy and life to music through their mesmerizing act.

The afternoon sessions engulfed the city of Ghats with Kabir’s teachings and his philosophies. The festival featured a session on storytelling on Kabir Das through the art of storytelling, featuring the first female storyteller, Fauzia, to demonstrate Dastan-e-Kabir, a multifaceted expression of Kabir. It describes through its couplets.

After Dastangu, a visionary act titled Kabir Pangoda Allah Ramka featuring Prashotham Aggarwal and Vipan Hero created a memorable and appreciable experience for all Mahindra Kabira attendees. During the session, Agarwal said, “Kabir was not the first or the last but he was unique. He had his own voice for his thoughts. One needs to discount him as a romantic poet and realize that his beliefs and teachings were more philosophical and rational. I am inspired by Kabir and like every other North Indian I knew a glimpse of Kabir from my childhood. With Mahindra Kabira Festival I am able to reach a discerning audience with my thoughts and reflections.

A mesmerizing evening of music began at the Shivala Ghat, featuring renowned artistes from the contemporary folk band The Tapi Project – Yogendra Saniyawala, Swati Meenakshi, Biju Nambiar and Gaurav Kapadia; Singer-songwriter Jasleen Aulakh, and contemporary Indian folk band The Raghu Dixit Project.

Asked about his experience at the Mahindra Kabira Festival, Dixit said, “For the sixth edition of the festival, I collaborated with Jaslin Aulkh and it was a fruitful experience. This year I did Saint Sheshnath and Kabir’s. Presented both ideas together in one song. I had not planned to present traditional Kabir songs… but for the first time I have composed new tunes for the festival.” Expressing that he is lucky and proud to present his compositions with lyricist Polly Saghira with Kabir, he added insight about his life’s journey of listening to Kabir’s duets while growing up. and learning time management and finding peace of mind through his writings.


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