https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaoPBe33KAU Vikku Vinayakram is a Grammy award-winning Indian percussionist. He has immortalized his form of music and the quintessential musical instrument ghatam. Son of the noted and talented musician and percussionist, Kalaimamani T.R. Harihara Sharma, Vina...Read More
Moved and inspired by the people’s resistance campaigns across India, this highly qualified couple began to write, compose and sing as Loknaad [People’s Voice]. Professionals by qualification; researchers and musicians by choice and passion. Vinay is an Agricultural Engineer and a management po...Read More
Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of singer who has been trained in both Indian and Western music traditions and is equally adept at both. She has a rich, powerful, yet sensitive voice that touches the soul, with an ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music. Over the last 2 years ...Read More
Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, diverse Rajasthani musicians & the enchanting Dancer come together in a mesmerizing performance combining the folk traditions of the magical desert state of Rajasthan Using instruments like the Morchang, Bhapang Khartaal, Double flute, Nagada & Bamboo Flute and i...Read More
Anusheh Anadil: poet, skeptic, dreamer, creative inspiration behind the unique boutique 'Jatra' and singer. Her life has been a search for understanding. Growing up in a politically active, independently thinking household, created an environment for her to freely investigate the world. Her comm...Read More
Son of the noted and talented musician and percussionist, Kalaimamani T.R. Harihara Sharma, Vinayakram was a child prodigy. A doyen of South Indian percussion, not only has he demonstrated his amazing dexterity in accompanying the great stalwarts of yesteryear and recent times – Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer, M.S. Subbulakshmi, and Maharajapuram Santhanam – but he has also displayed his creative and improvisatory genius in playing mind boggling rhythms for various fusion groups, such as Shakti and J.G. Laya.
Having traveled all over the world, with exposure to various forms of music and teaching experience both in India and the United States (Vinayakram was with the Centre for World Music in Berkeley, California for some time), Vikku is an international musician in every sense of the word.
Vinayakram has a number of titles and awards to his name, including: “Astana Vidhwan” of Kanchi Kama Koti Peetam, “Ghatam Nagamani” given by Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, “Kalaimamini” given by the government of Tamil Nadu, India, and the First Sangeeth Natak Academy award for ghatam in 1988.
In addition to these attainments, Vinayakram became the first South Indian artist to ever receive a Grammy Award in 1991 for Best World Music Album for his participation in Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum.
In May 2013, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi – Ratna category award by the President of India.
Vinay is an Agricultural Engineer and a management post-graduate from IIM, Ahmedabad. Charul is an Architect and a post-graduate from School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad.
Born and brought up in Punjab and Mumbai respectively, they are settled in Ahmedabad. Communal violence and the hate campaigns in Gujarat inspired some moving songs on peace and borders which led to Loknaad’s first audio album ‘Insaan Hain Hum’. Their songs are born when the heart bleeds, the hope brightens and the dreams want to speak. They are also born out of their humbling field experiences during research studies. These songs have inspired many people to look around, to reflect and to continue the struggle for a just world. Loknaad’s simple lyrics and minimalist music with a dafli and a ghunghroo lend their presentation a unique earthly feel.
Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of singer who has been trained in both Indian and Western music traditions and is equally adept at both. She has a rich, powerful, yet sensitive voice that touches the soul, with an ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music.
Over the last 2 years Sonam has been researching the music and texts of different religions and has devised a musical genre called ‘The Sufi Gospel Project’. The Sufi Gospel Project is an effort to blend all the voices of faith, through the use of song, music and the spoken word. Traditional western gospel melds with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul. Khusrau blends with Amazing Grace, Kabir shares the stage with Abide with Me and Bulleh Shah’s voice is heard amidst English and Gaelic texts. Revealing that no matter what the language of the lyrics, or the ethnicity of the sounds, there is but one language, the language of faith. And that is the universal truth. The music of The Sufi Gospel Project carries with it a message of freedom from boundaries, walls, religion and labels. It is music of acceptance of all humanity and secularism.
Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Abida Parveen and performed at Prestigious Music Festivals all over the world and for renowned musician Sting. In January, 2013 the Mail Today newspaper listed Sonam as one of “the 50 creative powerhouses & impresarios who have elevated Delhi from a cultural desert to one of the world’s leading arts capitals”. Elle magazine profiled Sonam in a list of “Transformers : Women Who Own the Future”.
Official website: www.sonamkalra.com
Using instruments like the Morchang, Bhapang Khartaal, Double flute, Nagada & Bamboo Flute and incorporating vocal styles ranging from the mystic Sufi traditions, bhajans & popular folk songs of Rajasthan, the performance is interspersed with captivating dances like the Chari Dance, Kalbelia Snake charmers dance & Terah Taali.
Nathoo Lal has been playing the Nagada for several years now performing all over India, and has also showcased his talent at numerous festivals all over the world. He has performed with artists such as Prem Joshua, Indian Ocean, Susheela Raman, amongst others.
Chugge Khan is a very talented versatile folk singer and musician. Widely traveled all over the world he has played with an extensive range of artists and bands. He plays the mouth harp and wooden hand claps. His energetic movements and his endearing personality add joy to melody.
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Chugge Khan – Morchang, Khartaal, Bhapang, Vocals & Compositions
Chanan Khan – Dholak, Dhol
Gule Khan – Dholak, Manjira & Vocals
Nathoo Lal Solanki – Nagada & Shankh (Conch)
Pempo Khan – Veena & Rajasthani hip-hop
Salim Khan – Algoza, Morchang, Khartaal, Harmonium & Vocals
Devu Khan – Matka, Khartaal & Vocals
Lorena Gazmuri – Dancer [/box]
Official Website: http://www.rajasthanjoshgroup.com/
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Palki – Acoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals
Nozrul – Bangla Dhol
Shafi Mondol – Dotara/Vocals
Pandu – Guitar/Vocals[/box]
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