Set against the historic ghats of Varanasi, the upcoming Mahindra Kabira Festival, scheduled from December 15th to 17th, promises a convergence of diverse artists and performers in its seventh edition.
Jay Shah, Vice President, Head – Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., expressed the excitement, stating, “The Mahindra Group is thrilled to unveil the carefully curated artist line-up for the Mahindra Kabira Festival 2023. With a rich two-day program, attendees can anticipate a holistic experience complemented by Benaras’s iconic Ganga Arati on the banks of the timeless Ganga. From the soulful renditions of Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Indian Ocean to the folk heritage presented by Anwar Khan Manghaniar and the academic insights of Purushottam Agarwal and Linda Hess, this year’s festival promises a feast for all the senses in Benaras!”
The festival kicks off with an evening performance by Hindustani classical vocalist Sveta Kilpady from Singapore. Kilpady will showcase Kabir’s dohas in a blend of popular and new compositions, capturing the essence of Kabir’s poetry. The evening will commence with a performance by Ridhima from Sunbeam School.
Each day at the Mahindra Kabira Festival begins with a ‘Morning Music’ programme. This year’s highlights include Sandeep Singh, a traditional Raagi showcasing the Taus, a bowed string instrument from North India. Singh will be accompanied by Avirbhav Verma on the tabla. Other notable performances include Bhuvnesh Komkali paying tribute to the centenary year of Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Purnesh Bhagwat, and the eclectic duo Kartikeya and Makrand interpreting Kabir through flute and percussion.
Afternoon sessions feature conversations with eminent personalities and scholars, including Purushottam Agrawal and Dr. Linda Hess, shedding light on Kabir’s devotional and mystical poetry.
The ‘Evening Music’ segment boasts celebrated names such as Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Anwar Khan, The Vasu Dixit Collective, and Indian Ocean. These artists will present their unique interpretations of Kabir’s timeless verses, ensuring a musical journey that resonates with the cultural vibrancy of Varanasi.