7:30 PM onwards
Old Zenana Courtyard
Full Festival pass/ Day Pass
Led by the legendary percussionist Vidwan T. H Vinayakram, fondly known as Vikku ji, or otherwise, the God of Ghatam, Parampara is a rare project that is a nation’s cultural treasure as much as it is a family’s legacy. It is a Carnatic music set that is both highly meditative and yet trance-like. Ghatam, an earthen pot that is one of the most ancient percussion instruments of India, takes centre stage, accompanied by steadily rising rapid rhythmic beats on konnakol, the kanjira and the mridangam.
First presented in part on the Jodhpur RIFF stage in 2019, this year Vikku ji performs with his elder son Selvaganesh (kanjira), his younger son Mahesh Vinayakram (vocals and konnakol), grandsons Swaminathan (kanjira) and Guruprasad (vocals), and granddaughter Guru Priya (vocals).
Vikku ji, who put the ghatam on the global map, has been performing for over 65 years now, and has been a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and a Grammy (America’s primary, peer-recognised music industry award). He has also worked alongside some of the most respected names in Indian Carnatic and international music, including the great Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and MS Subbulakshmi, and is a key part of the legendary supergroup Shakti with Zakir Hussain and John McLaughlin. Like his father, Selvaganesh has played alongside numerous illustrious musicians and has also been a part of Remembering Shakti. But is better known globally for putting the seemingly little frame drum kanjira, on the national and international map
The Cool Desert Project
Original moods, bluesy riffs, desert vibes, off-beat dance grooves… a whole lot of cool attitude flows from this unique collaboration that brings together young masters from Mumbai’s jazz scene and Rajasthani folk traditions. Rhys Sebastian’s saxophone comes together with SAZ – with Asin Khan’s exquisite sarangi, Sadiq’s dholak and incredible khartal, along with supporting vocals of Zakir . The end result is an all- blending symphony that evokes a languid landscape and yet is on-point, setting a now-and-urgent, upbeat musical experience. This collaboration is completed with the young and vibrant Vaibhav Wavikar on drums, keyboardist Rahul Wadhwani and ace bassist Ralph Menezes.
The Cool Desert Project is a Jodhpur RIFF commission.
Jodhpur RIFF presents a performance featuring some of the best young folk khartal players from Rajasthan. Led by Khete Khan Manganiyar, Rajasthan’s leading khartal instrumentalist, this display is an outcome of a series of masterclasses for young musicians, supported by the festival.
Miroca plays like he was born for the stage. Having toured with internationally acclaimed artists including the likes of the Barefoot Diva, Cesaria Evora and Madonna for over two decades, his magnetic stage presence has enraptured crowds all around the world. This singer, Island rhythm innovator and multi-instrumentalist, routinely shifts between the guitar, drums, cavaquinho, and several other traditional Cape Verdean instruments. Despite their varied natures, they all truly come to life in his hands. Miroca’s original music takes much inspiration from the festive, upbeat tunes of island music and is very joyful to listen to.
Alif, the first letter of the Arabic Urdu script, signifying oneness, the mystical and the unseen. These are some of the interpretations the band brings forth in their poetry and sound. Based in Pune and founded by Mohammed Muneem, this is a band that brings lived experience to the stage. Alif’s poetry and music is relevant and bold. When masterfully blended with Alif’s distinctive genre-defying contemporary and ethnic sound, the experience is profound. Deeply influenced by the folk music of Kashmir, Alif has a truly authentic and original sound that both soothes and haunts the listener. Winner of numerous awards (IRRA award “Best Music Production” for Like a Sufi; Winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2018’s “Best Music Video” for Lalnawath; Best Folk Song IIMA Award for his song Ride Home with Noor Mohammad), Alif is an experience that both stirs and stills the soul- and ultimately, sets you free.