Jaipur Music Stage 2020 unveils line-up
Will feature veteran Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal and Grammy winner Ricky Kej
As Jaipur gears up for the 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Jaipur Music Stage, which runs parallel to the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, has announced its power-packed line-up of performers. Rooted in the heart of India but flavoured with offerings from across the globe, Jaipur Music Stage features a variety of artistes from the national and international spectrum showcasing a multi-genre abundance in style, sound and history. Jaipur Music Stage 2020 is a music festival like no other, embodying variety, excellence and collaboration.
The artistes performing at the Jaipur Music Stage include popular folk fusion artist Aabha Hanjura. A vivacious live performer, Aabha stormed up the charts with her Kashmiri folk pop number ‘Hukus Bukus’. The track garnered over 3.2 million views and was featured on the soundtrack of the popular web series The Family Man. The Festival will also feature Dublin-based singer-songwriter Gavin James whose videos have been viewed almost two billion times. Contemporary Indian music band Parvaaz, who were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone India’s May 2018 issue with the magazine calling them ‘India’s most exciting band’ will also perform at the Jaipur Music Stage.
The Jaipur Music Stage, which kickstarts on 23rd January 2020, will also feature internationally-renowned Indian music composer, environmentalist and professor Ricky Kej, a Grammy award winner, US Billboard #1 artist, UNESCO MGIEP ambassador and UNICEF 'Celebrity Supporter'. Veteran Hindustani classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal, who was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2000, and British music group Transglobal Underground, the collective that first fused club culture and world music into a whole new onstage experience, will also perform at the Festival.
Apart from electrifying evenings of performances, the Jaipur Music Stage will also feature workshops, masterclasses, talks and sessions, giving music-lovers a chance to interact with musicians, learn more about instruments and the nuances within musical genres.
A music market with a range of merchandise including instruments, music technology, music from indie labels and other paraphernalia, will add sizzle to this unique medley of festivities. The Jaipur Music Stage is more than just a place for literature-enthusiasts to unwind after an exhilarating day of talks: it is a musical confluence opening audiences up to new sounds and experiences.
Speaking about the festival, Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, producers of the Jaipur Music Stage said, “‘Music knows no language and recognises no boundaries! The Jaipur Music Stage is a celebration of the word, connecting people across continents and celebrates diversity. In this edition, The Jaipur Music Stage will showcase some of the most vibrant artists from across the globe, as well as host music workshops and masterclasses, a bustling night bazaar and a fabulous spread of food!”
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe. Our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access. Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur. Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally. Teamwork Arts also produces JLF London, JLF Belfast, JLF Houston, JLF New York, JLF Colorado, JLF Toronto, JLF Adelaide and for the first time in 2019, JLF Doha.
The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork Arts believe in love and respect for the artist.
Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes documentary and feature films, television, the conceptualisation and development of contemporary performing/visual arts and literary festivals around the world, and in nurturing new talents across all art forms.
For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.
Every year, we produce 25 performing/visual arts and literary festivals in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the USA. Teamwork Arts produces the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, India by the Nile in Egypt, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, Confluence: Festival of India in Australia, and many more.
The musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story: A Musical, continues to tour the world and has sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Egypt.
The international festivals in India have included the bi-annual Bonjour India, a festival of France with more than 200 events across 18 cities in India and featuring over 250 artists, designers, researchers and entrepreneurs, and OzFest, a festival of Australia in India.