Culture has no limits or barriers when it comes to Music, which in any form, has the power to reach out to people and to captivate one’s senses to seek virtual pleasure. Such a thought becomes a reality when music festivals celebrating traditions are held across the globe. This year too, Udaipur- the Venice of the East, will come alive with the first edition of India's first World Music Festival.
Udaipur World Music Festival, presented by Hindustan Zinc in association with Wonder Cement and Rajasthan Tourism and conceptualised and produced by SEHER will take place on February 13 and 14, 2016. This city-wide, multi-venue music festival, cutting across several genres of music will bring together more than 100 global artists and ensembles from over 12 countries including Spain, Ghana, Venezuela, Italy, France and India among many others. The festival also marks the celebrations of 60 years of the diplomatic relations between Spain and India. With the first ever World Music Festival, the aim is to establish an annual signature event in Rajasthan and at the same time establish Udaipur as a major destination for World Music in South Asia. An event of this scale is being designed to cater to the music lovers cutting across barriers of age and walks of life. Festival Director Sanjeev Bhargava says, “A festival of this scale, featuring such diverse music from so many different continents and regions coming together in one of the best Tourist destinations of India, would make Udaipur a culturally vibrant destination. An annual event where International and domestic travelers can mark the dates on their yearly travel calendar.”
One of the most popular Fado singers from Portugal, Carminho will perform for the first time in India. French composer Mathias Duplessy will collaborate with outstanding Rajasthani vocalist Mukhtiyar Ali from the semi-nomadic community called Mirasi from the Thar Desert. Also, Flamenco too would be a part of the festival, which will be represented by one of the best Flamenco groups Tamara & Fernando, Paso A Dos from Spain. The evening will conclude with the one of the most popular Fusion Rock Bands of India - The Raghu Dixit Project.
The Festival will conclude on a high note with Indian Rock Fusion Band: Papon and the East Indian Company.