Sound Check: Eclectic confluence of cultural performances at Sirpur

Musical Night: Stage for the three-day Sirpur Fest 2015 from 16-18 January in Sirpur, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Musical Night: Stage for the three-day Sirpur Fest 2015 from 16-18 January in Sirpur, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Amit M Sengupta

Sirpur Fest 2015 of Chhattisgarh was an eclectic confluence of international and national artists presenting an extravagant gala of music, art and culture from 16 to 18 January this year.

The festival, is in its third year of being launched and organised in this ancient city of ruins – Sirpur – by the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board. The three day cultural extravaganza presents a mesmerising performance of tribal artists from Chhattisgarh, folk artists of Rajasthan matching beat to beat with artists of repute from across the globe and creating an enchanting magic on the audience. This year was no difference from the previous two and I was there to witness this enthralling cultural and musical fest in this town, renowned for its archaeological ruins and ancient temples.

Sampariya and group performing on the first day at Sirpur Fest 2015, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Sampariya and group performing on the first day at Sirpur Fest 2015, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Amit M Sengupta

After traversing 85 kms from Raipur, I reached Sirpur with some of my fellow travelers on the evening of 16th January. The stage was intricately designed with local sculptures and the ambience it created in the evening was rivetingly transformative. The setting was perfect – set amidst the manicured garden and flanked by the famous Lakshman temple.

Another image of Sampariya and group performing on stage at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Another image of Sampariya and group performing on stage at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta

Over the next three days, the festival witnessed a celestial performance and soul-stirring music by Grammy award winner Pete Lockette with percussionists Giridhar Udupa (ghatam), Swaminathan (kanjira), Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla) and Umar Faruq (bhapang) and fusion with 60 tribal artist; santoor maestro Rahul Sharma and Rajasthani folk artists, Kathak exponent Pt Birju Maharaj, devotional singer and playback artists Anuradha Paudwal, Leonard Eto and group presenting a power pact performance of the Taiko drumming of Japan et al.

Grammy award winner percussionist Pete Lockette at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Grammy award winner percussionist Pete Lockette at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Jugalbandi: Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla) and Umar Faruq (bhapang) at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Jugalbandi: Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla) and Umar Faruq (bhapang) at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Kathak exponent Yasmin Singh and group at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Kathak exponent Yasmin Singh and group at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma at his magical best in Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma at his magical best in Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Musical fusion at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta
Musical fusion at Sirpur Fest 2015. Photo by Amit M Sengupta

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