Pictures From Village India & Experiance Gujarat (Saturday)

Pictures From Village India & Experience Gujarat (Saturday)

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Pictures From Village India & Experiance Gujarat (Saturday)
The De Montfort gardens will be transformed into a great place to relax, and enjoy a colourful festival environment. Village India is based around a traditional Indian village complete with huts, props and artisans in traditional costume. There will be loads of Delicious Food, Arts and Crafts, Chai tents, Chillout Zones and 42 music and dance concerts across 2 stages throughout the weekend!!

The line up for Village India has something for everyone throughout the day:- Excellent folk and Indian classical music, the best in Classical and Indo Jazz Fusion, Indian Electronica, Hottest DJs from the scene and BBC Radio 1, Fashion shows, Bollywood, the best in Bhangra and much more!

The Village Stage will also feature exciting Traditional and Contemporary Indian dance, including vibrant folk dances from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Punjab and Gujarat. This will make a fantastic, entertaining and educational day out for the whole family.

Confirmed Acts for Saturday

Tigerstyle are one of the few Asian acts to have ever recorded a live session for the legendary late Sir John Peel. They were given the opportunity to showcase material from their forthcoming album supported by a full band at the first ever BBC Electric Proms in September 2006, and were selected out of 1000s of bands to perform on the first ever BBC Introducing Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in July 2007. The success of A contemporary take on all things bhangra. The master remixers perform with their full band line up.

Tigerstyle has taken them touring all over the world. They have done white label mixes for Ms Dynamite, Busta Rhymes, Eminem and 50 Cent, and official remixes for other mainstream acts such as Lisa Maffia (Independiente), Lamya (J Records),and Raghav (A&R) where Tigerstyle contributed with a remix on the hit single Angel Eyes which charted at No.4 in the UK charts.
‘They are without doubt the next Asian/Bhangra act that will break through into the mainstream – it is only a question of time.’ (Bobby Friction BBC Radio 1)

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Bandish Projekt

Indian contemporary electronica! It sounds wild it is wild! Anyone of any background or culture who likes cutting edge dance music will love this.

‘Bandish Projekt make the music of a 23rd century India, via ancient classical voices and nights at the heart of Electronica. Hearing BP can send you from euphoria to tears in the space of a heartbeat.’ – Bobby Friction – BBC Radio 1.

Performing live is where Bandish Projekt is at its element. With the use of a bevy of instruments ranging from mixers, turntables, keyboards laptops to instruments like tabla, djembe, duff – using sound loops, scratches, samples, live music & vocals. Come enjoy new-age sound the Bandish way!

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Samay featuring:
Giuliano Modarelli – Guitar
Jesse Bannister – Saxophone
Bhupinder Singh Chaggar – Tabla
Soumik Datta – Sarod
Kenny Higgins – Bass

Samay is a unique collective of musicians exploring new ways of understanding and making music. Taking the traditional music of India as a base for constructing original arrangements and improvisation as well as using their previous experience in jazz and various world folk styles the musicians create a distinctive sound so far unknown to the western or eastern world.

“Samay, are blessed with unusually talented musicians” Fly Global Music

“Samay are in the vanguard of the Indo Jazz resurgence – at times jaw-droppingly fast and persuasive. There was no shortage of individual talent on display" Jazzwise

“Samay’s collaboration with The Halle turned out to be one of the highlights of the Festival, and the culturally diverse audience in attendance swayed and danced to some thoroughly fantastic music. The Halle is much indebted to Samay” The Halle Orchestra

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Parthiv Gohil

Parthiv Gohil is a big name in the world of playback singing for the Bollywood film industry. His training as a boy was originally in the classical traditions of Indian vocals and he received many plaudits from the greats of different traditions. His work as a film singer started with the title song and some backing vocals for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Devdas. More recently he sang in Bhansali's hit film Sawaariya amongst many others.

Parthiv is one of the finest singers in the industry. His strong classical foundation and his awareness of modern urban styles make him a perfect blend and his calibre is rare to find.
In the Village India sessions Parthiv will sing a range of popular songs filled with vibrancy, emotion and energy from the Bollywood film industry.

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Hemant Chauhan

The legendary Gujarati singer in a set which demonstrates the vibrant styles of Dhua Chand and Shiv Tandav. This is great foot tapping folk music with wide audience appeal. It feels a bit like spiritually devotional folk rap from the fertile soil of the unique agriculturally rich, village life of Gujarat!

The concert also coincides with a new double CD release called ‘The Road to Gujarat’ featuring some of the best Gujarati roots folk music ever released. The new album captures some amazing performances from Hemant Chauhan and a whole host of fantastic artists from the Indian region.

Taal Vadya Kacheri Percussion Ensemble

Taal Vadya Kacheri is a percussion project led by U.K. tabla maestro Shahbaz Hussain Khan featuring Tabla, Ghatam, Mridangam and Sarangi Artistry, tradition, composition and power might sum up this concert. Shahbaz Hussain Khan is one of the top new generation of tabla players in the UK and here he leads a vibrant percussion ensemble that will cook up some powerful rhythm work which will get the pulse racing.

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Desi Masti

Desi Masti featuring Bollywood Dancers led by Anand Bhatt. Desi Masti offer a fresh angle on contemporary, traditional and bollywood dance. With the huge popularity of the Indian film industry it was inevitable that we would program some into the festival and who better to bring that vibrant Bollywood style to the Village than Desi Masti.

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Dhanyadhara: Folk Dances of India

Dhanyadhara from Baroda, India featuring twelve Folk Dancers. These performances will be full of life and colour and will add a really authentic edge to the Village.

Dhanyadhara Dance Troupe will cover a wide range of traditional dances from across many different Indian regions and will give a genuine insight into the lifeblood of folk movement. The dances will include:-

• Gujarat – Meyer, Tippani, Diva and Supada
• Maharashtra – Lavni
• Assam – Bihu Dance
• Rajasthan – Kalbelia, Ghoomar and Terah Talli
• Punjab – Boliyan and Giddha

Shaan Mutiyara Di:

Shaan Mutiyara Di – are a traditional female folk dance group. Young, Fresh, Original and Energetic! Promoting Punjabi virsa through their passion for bhangra and gidha!

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