Singer Mili Nair and guitarist Paul Jacob on what to expect at the Kutle Khan Project concert
It’s almost time for the city to celebrate all things Rajasthani. While music lovers are looking forward to listening to the Kutle Khan Project—renowned for giving Manganiyar folk music a contemporary twist—the night’s also about local talent. Fusing their sounds to the band’s are singer-songwriter Mili Nair and bass guitarist Paul Jacob. “I don’t like being restricted to one genre. After collaborating with Mame Khan, for Badri Badariyan, I’m very excited about joining another Manganiyar musician, Kutle Khan,” says Nair, who recently teamed up with Mahesh Bhatt to sing the title song of his upcoming movie, Mr X. A dabbler in Western, jazz, folk and commercial, she adds, “I believe in promoting independent music and when musicians from diverse backgrounds like this come together, I’m sure we’ll have moments that cannot be recreated.”
Paul Jacob, who has collaborated with Kutle Khan in the past, is excited about partnering with him again. This bass guitarist, who also plays the khomok (tension drum) and dotara (stringed instrument), promises a night of high energy and rocked-up folk. “Kutle Khan and the band have amazing stage presence and, combined with Mili, Carnatic violinist Venkat, drummer Sridhar and myself, you will witness a night of free form music, with no barriers,” he says, adding that “with folk, classical, jazz and rock elements, the audience should be open to surprises.”
The evening, hosted by the Madras Seva Sadan, a charitable institution for destitute women, will also have a photography exhibition and a photo booth, besides serving up Rajasthani fare like moong dal kachoris and aam ras.
At Sir Mutha Hall, tomorrow, at 8 pm. Rs 300-Rs 1,000. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
Preethi Ann Thomas