Pictures From Village India & Experience Gujarat (Sunday)

Pictures From Village India & Experience Gujarat (Sunday)

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Pictures From Village India & Experience Gujarat (Sunday)

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 Sunday

Bobby Friction

Great DJ set from the BBC Radio1 and Asian Network’s king of the sounds of Asian Underground. Bobby sets the gold standard for Asian Music & Desi Beats and has an international reputation as a genre-mixing turntabilist from Asia to the US, and from the Middle East to the whole of Europe. Check out the grooves!

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Sukshinder Shinda

Modern bhangra presented in a unique style that skillfully incorporates Punjabi folk, Bollywood Pop, hip-hop and other genres. His latest album “Collaborations 2” is an exotic mix of organic Asian instruments down tempo and urban basslines. Check out his great full band line up in this kicking concert!

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Arun Ghosh Sextet

Arun Ghosh Sextet featuring:
Arun Ghosh, clarinet
Idris Rahman, tenor saxophone
Kishon Khan, piano
Dr Das/Liran Donin, bass
Nilesh Gulhane, tabla
Pat Illingworth – drums
'Concieved in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and currently lives in London'
Young Manchester born clarinetist Arun Ghosh and his sextet make original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude, it is the meeting point of Indian classical music and modal jazz. Delicate, rousing, funky and sensually exotic might describe the music in words. The group is spearheaded by Arun’s powerful clarinet and Idris Rahman's pleasantly breathy tenor, decorated by Kishon Khan's delicate but robust piano, and driven by bassist Liran Donin, tabla player Nilesh Gulhane and drummer Pat Illingworth.

"Jazz seen through the prism of British-Asian culture" – Jazzwise

"…upfront mix of South Asian melodies and western street-grooves, driven by a powerful Indo-western rhythm section" – the Guardian

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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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Fusion Dreams

Fusion Dreams Featuring:
Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth – acoustic/ electric violin
Shadrach Solomon – keyboards
Jude Jayaraj – keyboards
Max Hallet – Drums
Pirashanna Thevarajah – Indian percussion
TBA- bass

A cross cultural collaboration, featuring exciting contemporary violin playing with global expressions. Performances include elegant fusions of Carnatic/ Hindustani classical music with Irish folk, African music and jazz /pop/blues. This is a concert that will surprise in its virtuosity and complexity while still remaining completely accessible.
Ambient and spiritually deep with exciting and rhythmically powerful compositional elements.

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Indus featuring-
John Ball – Santoor
Mohamed Assani – Sitar
Henrik Linnemann – Flute
Shahbaz Hussain – Tabla
Four creative & virtuoso musicians from diverse musical traditions including Indian Classical, Western Classical and Jazz. Indus's original compositions cross the spectrum from chilled out & relaxing to fast, driving & rhythmic. Characterised by complex tabla beats, exquisite flute phrases, rhythmic santoor patterns and lyrical sitar tones, Indus create an intricate kaleidoscope of sound and emotion. On stage, the musical communication between the group as well as their use of improvisation never fails to enthral audiences.

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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!