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    Parvaaz and Swarathma take the stage at the Udaipur World Music Fest

    The Udaipur World Music Festival opens today at the Gandhi Ground in Udaipur and is on till February 12. Conceptualised and produced by Seher, an initiative for the arts, with the support of Rajasthan Tourism, this festival will be a showcase of powerhouse performances by Indian and international acts.

    In its second year, the festival features 150 artistes from over 16 countries. The line-up is an interesting mix of celebrated and unique artistes such as London Community Gospel Choir, Niyaz featuring Azam Ali and others.

    Sanjeev Bhargava, festival director, Udaipur World Music Festival says, “People attend many festivals in India but a destination festival such as this, which is brilliantly presented at one of the most romantic and beautiful locations, adds a special kind of zing to the music and that to my mind will be the biggest take away for audiences.”

    Two prominent Bengaluru bands – Swarathma and Parvaaz will also be playing. Parvaaz plays a mix of blues, rock and roll and progressive rock. “Festivals are always a place to put out a special kind of set especially when it’s outdoors,” says Kashif Iqbal (guitars and backing vocals) of Parvaaz. “We will be playing songs from our album Baran and our EP Behosh and possibly some newer tracks as well.”

    Anyone who has attended a Swarathma concert knows that your feet tend to take on a life of their own with this band’s brand of music. This is a band that just wants to write songs that “help us feel better about the world we live in. And God knows that we need a lot of songs to feel good about this world,” explains Jishnu Dasgupta, bassist of Swarathma.

    Details: udaipurworldmusicfestival.com
    —Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

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