7:30 PM onwards
Full Festival pass/ Day Pass
Manganiyar of Marwar – Kamaicha Charm
The Manganiyar of Marwar is an annual special performance by the artists of the community, dedicated to the late Sakhar Khan Manganiyar, doyen of their musical traditions, custodian of their traditions and teacher par-excellence. This year, we focus on the particularity of their string instrument, the Kamaicha, unique to their community, and performed by some of their very best artists, in an expression of the desert like none other. The performers include both senior and young masters of the tradition, led by Sakhar ji’s sons Ghevar Khan and brother Darre Khan from Hamira, accompanied Roshan Khan, Kode Khan and many others – all superb musicians, supported by the master of the Rajasthani dholak Feroze (also Sakhar ji’s son).
This Napolitan musical trio of Irene Scarpato, Marcello Smigliante Gentile and Gian Marco Libeccio blend bold vocals with classical guitar and the mandolin. The result is a dynamic, yet serene sound, fresh and ancient at the same time. Suonno D’ajere borrows its name from Pino Daniele’s 1977 song title that translates to The Dream of Yesterday. True to the name, their music, drawing freely from jazz and the blues, evokes great nostalgia of the traditional, classical Napolitan song traditions. Watching them onstage feels quite like travelling back in time. Their performance combines the dynamic energy of the live stage with the timeless beauty of classical music, never failing to leave the audience wishing for more.
Jasser Haj Youssef
We are excited to present a truly wonderful, world musician, who brings a stupendous solo set on his chosen violins to the Jodhpur RIFF stage. Young composer, musicologist, teacher, conductor, and master of the baroque viola d’amore, violinist Jasser Haj Youssef is one of the world’s leading young musicians and virtuoso performers. Be it directing the Chamber Orchestra of Paris, or accompanying the fantastic Youssou N’Dour, Jasser’s compositions are regularly performed by the leading orchestras of the Mediterranean to Europe – from Tunisia to Paris. A consummate fusionist as well, Jasser is equally at home in Jazz, as he is in maqam or in western classical music. Co-author of SIRA… Le Jazz et l’Orient, Jasser is also one of the master musicians of the Aga Khan Music Program.
India Premiere (solo)
Acclaimed Hindustani vocalist, Barnali Chattopadhyay brings among other things, a rare treat to Jodhpur RIFF – the Banarasi Mand. Based on the mand of Rajasthan or Raag Mand, the Banarasi Mand is best exemplified by moods of birha (sorrow) and shringar (beauty/ love) ras. A well-known name in the thumri tradition, Barnali ji is a specialist of this style of mand, her highly expressive voice invoking a sense of great love and reverence for the themes of her music. Barnali’s music is deeply rooted to the historic river city of Banaras, and ties together the aspects of devotion, awe and beauty often attributed to the city. Having received much of her guidance from the legendary Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi, her learning was also shaped and developed by the musicologist Dr. Kumar Prasad Mukhopadhyay (Agra Gharana), Vidushi Purnima Chaudhari and the thumri queen Shobha Gurtu. She is a veteran vocalist at All India Radio and Dordarshan and is soon to be heard as the lead vocalist in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Netflix series Heeramandi.