3rd Feb, 2018: 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project
Multiple award-winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is a rare breed of musician who has been trained in, and is equally adept at, both Indian and Western traditions of music. She has a beautiful, powerful voice with an honesty and sensitivity that is rare. Sonam’s unique brainchild, ‘Sonam Kalra & the Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith through poetry, prayer and music to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her domestic and international acclaim.
Traditional western gospels meld with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul. Amir Khusrau blends with the heartwrenching gospel tune Amazing Grace, Kabir Das shares the stage with the hymn Abide with Me, Bulleh Shah’s voice is heard amidst Gaelic music and Guru Nanak's words resonate in the plaintive strains of world folk sounds. Proving that many different hallelujahs can exist in harmony.
Sonam has performed in over 30 countries and at prestigious festivals and venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids of Giza, Chicago Temple and many others. Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Sir Bob Geldof and Sufi Legend Abida Parveen and she has also composed and recorded a song for MTV Coke Studio. Other notable performances include the very prestigious Women in the World Summit organised by media legend Tina Brown, One Billion Rising, The World Sufi Peace Festival in Egypt, The Jaipur Literature Festival, RIFF and The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur, the International Faiz Festival for Peace in Pakistan and at the The Indo-African Summit, in front of the President of India, the Prime Minister and 52 heads of African states.
Sonam has been felicitated for her work in music with many awards, including the Femina Woman of Worth Award, the Indian Express Devi Award and the Global WIN Award for inspiring women worldwide and has been invited to share her music and work on secularism through music at various TED talks and WIN conferences globally.
4th Feb, 2018: 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
The White Mughals
William Dalrymple and Vidya Shah
William Dalrymple and Vidya Shah celebrate the tale of the ill-fated love between James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khairuunisa. A story of love and betrayal, it shines a spotlight on a period of colonial history before the racism of the Raj came into being and attitudes between races were more open. Dalrymple reads from his award-winning book while Shah punctuates the narrative with music from the courts of 18th century Hyderabad and the poetry of the cities greatest courtesan, Mah Laqa Bai Chanda, whose diwan is one of the treasures of the British Library India collections.
4th Feb, 2018: 07:30 pm onwards
The Clinton Cerejo Band Live
The Clinton Cerejo band features Clinton Cerejo, along with accomplished vocalists Bianca Gomes & Sudeep Jaipurwale. Together with some of the countryʼs finest live musicians, this powerpacked trio create magic on stage with a high energy set comprising the best of Coke Studio, Sufi Rock and Fusion plus Bollywood dance hits and Mashups. They have a vast and varied repertoire guaranteed to make any occasion a smashing success and leave the audience wanting for more. They have performed all across the country as well as destination weddings globally and whether it be a corporate event on a massive scale or an intimate gathering, the Clinton Cerejo Band designs special curated evenings of entertainment to make your special occasion truly memorable for a long time to come
Performance Concept Note:
The Clinton Cerejo Band will close the Times Lit Fest in Bangalore with an eclectic mix of Coke Studio Fusion, Sufi Pop, Bollywood and International hits. With an incredible combination of singers like Bianca Gomes, Bhavya Pandit, and Sudeep Jaipurwale, the band will seamlessly integrate classical aalaps with edgy rock riffs, popular hindi hits with english chartbusters and leave the audience wanting for more. This set will get the crowd going and provide a fitting end to the festival.