When: 26 – 29 January, 2017
What: Music Festival
Where: Mandawa, Rajasthan
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In the heart of Rajasthan, lies Mandawa, a quaint Shekhawati town adorned with frescoes, tales and bearings of a regal era gone by. Known for its forts and havelis, this picturesque town provides travelers and visitors with a sense of discovery at every turn and it will play host to – Taalbelia, a four-day long multi-format festival that will be held between 26-29 January, 2017. A destination music festival – four days, three stages and more than 30 acts promise the ideal combination of the comforts of a vacation immersed in music, arts and crafts, along with adventure, royal hospitality and gastronomic delights, unique to the area. Showcasing the majestic and equally magnetic charm of the Shekhawati region, the festival will host three stages and thereby different genres of contemporary, classical and folk music to enthrall the audience between two breathtakingly beautiful venues, namely Castle Mandawa and Desert Resort. Adventure laden activities, safaris, workshops and music throughout the day will be the highlight of the fest while the energy of EDM and underground music will be the showstopper during the night. From the heights of a royal castle, through the surface of an oasis, to a stroll into the desert, Taalbelia will take you on a journey at every step.
The Music – The music at Taalbelia boasts of specially curated sets featuring the likes of Indian Ocean with Grammy Award winning stalwarts such as Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and George Brooks (American saxophonist known for combining jazz and Indian classical music), Manganiyar Classroom by Roysten Abel, Ankur & Ghalat Family, Arambola, Arjun Vagale, Grain (DJ Set), Bhanwari Devi, Rapper Divine, Dualist Inquiry, Ghazi Khan & Anwar Khan Manganiyar, Nicholson, Parvaaz, Prateek Kuhad, Prem Joshua, Rajasthan Josh Group, Reggae Rajahs, Ritviz DJ Producer, Shadow & Light, Sid Vashi, Soulmate, Sound Avatar, When Chai Met Toast along with Sumitra (meera bhajans) and Sunita Amin (drupad) who will be featured in the early morning sessions. Special collaborations are also a part of the billing at Taalbelia, such as the Shillong-based blues act Soulmate featuring the talented Anwar Khan (Manganiyar) among others, to be announced shortly.
Workshops – Taalbelia’s Pro-Life exquisite Workshops have a distinctive set of interactive sessions: stand behind the console jamming with the DJs, learn to play the Morchang, understand the rhythm of the khartaal, polish your shooting skills or potter around the potter’s wheel, get familiar with the beautiful horses at the royal stables. There’s also a crash course that teaches you to make the unique and signature Rajasthani Lac bangles and the options of sand surfing and dirt biking