January 22, 2013 By

Scottish people to witness the exquisiteness of Indian Music

dan_highland_back_0The Celtic Connections Music Festival that is held in Glasgow, Scotland every year and which draws an audience of over 100,000 people, will partner with India this time. This years’s festival that will take place from January 16 to February 2, which in the past had featured Bob Geldof, Snow Patrol, and The Mavericks perform, will this year see some Indian acts take stage. Those chosen include folk-rock band The Raghu Dixit Project, folk band Papon and The East India Company, Ruhaniyat who works with bauls, fakirs, and folk musicians across Bengal, sarangi player and collaborator Suhail Yusuf Khan and folk singer Saurav Moni.

Also, as a result of the festival’s partnership with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, one will see vocalist Parveen Sabrina Khan who is best known for her maands, a dying form of Rajasthani folk singing, take stage as well as Maru Tarang — a collaboration between Asin Langa on Sindhi sarangi, accompanied by Bobby Singh on tabla and Bhungar Manganiyar on khartal  with Australian guitarist/singer-songwriter Jeff Lang, folk/jazz singer.

Scotland’s External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf made the announcement regarding this year’s festival in Mumbai recently. The festival also marks the beginning of the cultural calendar for the Commonwealth Games, slated to take place in July 2014 in Scotland.  This is part of Folk Nations, a three-year programme by British Council to support folk music from India and the UK through various collaborations.

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