Baajaa Gaajaa features Manipuri drummers in percussion event

The fourth edition of the Baajaa Gaajaa music festival, which kicked off in Pune today, promises to be a melting pot of different musical traditions in the country. Curated by Subha Mudgal and table exponent Aneesh Pradhan, the festival aims to give a panoramic view of the diversity in Indian music. “Such is the musical diversity of the country that at times I feel that three days are not enough to present the exceptional variety,” says Mudgal.

The festival also seeks to highlight the musical diversity of the Northeast as “Dhamaal”, the special drum and percussion concert, will include traditional drummers from Manipur. The participation of the Manipuri drummers has been facilitated by Anjika Society for Manipuri Dance and Movement Therapy in Kolkata, founded by eminent artiste Priti Patel.

Talking about the unique percussion event, Pradhan says, “Dhamaal is a celebration of drumming traditions from India and other musical cultures. Folk drummers from various parts of the country collaborate with other percussionists, vocalists, guitarists, and more, to weave a tapestry of rhythm. Each group of drummers brings to the collaboration the special language and technique that is associated with their instruments.

This year’s Dhamaal features Dilip Das and group (Kolkata), Sanjoy Singh, Ranbir Singh, Sunder Singh, Neelachandra Singh (Manipuri drummers from Anjika Foundation), Rameshwar dholi and group (courtesy-Jodhpur RIFF), Taal Vadya Pathak (Pune), Dhangar dhol and halgi players from Shahir Azad Naikawadi kala pathak (Kolhapur), Haridas Shinde and Rajesh Baghe and group (Alandi), Ben Walsh and Bobby Singh (Australia), Pratap Rath (Mumbai), with guitarist Max Clouth and bassist Marc-Inti Mannel Saavedera (Germany), Sudhir Nayak (harmonium), and vocalists Avadhoot Gandhi (Alandi), Sriparna Nandi and Vidhya Gopal. While the experimental visual creation by Sigmasix, a Geneva-based company (courtesy-Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council), the ambience has been designed by fashion icon Sabyasachi.

Endeavouring to serve as an interdisciplinary space, the festival will also host discussions among filmmakers and musician-composers such as Amol Palekar, Imtiaz Ali and Debojyoti Mishra, Shantanu Moitra. “Theatre and cinema have a strong link with music and it’s a pity that we work in isolation. We are trying to bridge that gap,” says Mudgal.

Besides performances by regional artistes, the festival will also host a tribute to the late icon, Amit Saigal, who was widely recognised for his contribution to independent music in India. The tribute concert, Songs For Papa Rock, will feature bands such as Adil & Vasundhara, Pinknoise and Soulmate.

The festival concludes on February 12.

Published on February 11


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