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The Manganiyar Classroom - Rajasthani
Directed by Roysten Abel. the Manganiyar Classroom features kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years, each a repository of song, dance and rhythm. This set has never been performed in Mumbai so come and get blown away by these multi talented kids in a high energy jugalbandi with their class teacher!
Amit Trivedi - Folk+Fusion music from Across the Nation
Bollywoods hottest music director has a surprise in store as he explores folk music from around the country, shows how he weaves it into film songs and jams with folk musicians in an incredibly high voltage set. Be prepared for an amalgam of folk from across the country fusion and Bollywood!
Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi - Awadhi Folk
Grammy nominated sitar maestro and vocalist Shujaat Khan and much loved folk singer Malini Awasthi come together for the first time, with an especially put together band for Paddy Fields, presenting the beautiful music and poetry from the region of Awadh. A set that perfectly illustrates the theme of this year's Paddy Fields.
Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie - Kashmiri Folk
Pandit Shuvkumar Sharma was responsible for making the santoor a popular lead instrument in classical music and his son, Rahul has now taken it into the mainstream with his several fusion projects. For Paddy Fields he combines with noted Kashmiri folk singer Gulzar Ganie to introduce a side to music from the valley hitherto never performed on a commercial stage in Mumbai.
Deepa Nair Rasiya - Sufi Folk
For her first ever performance in India, award winning Sufi vocalist, London based Deepa Nair Rasiya presents the wisdom of mystic poetry down the ages in her own unique style. In different genres of music, from light classical to simple folk tunes, making her performance a jugakbandi in itself!
Shantanu Moitra - Pahadi (Himalayan) Folk
He may be better known for his music in Bollywood films but Shantanu Moitra is an intrepid trekker and spends a lot of time in the mountains. So it's natural that he woiuld pick up sounds and songs from the hill regions and create some amazing songs that represent the mountains of India. It's a unique set, performed by the extremely talented vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, Tibetan monk Ani Choying and classical sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee. If you haven't caught it yet, this is your chance.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan - Rajasthani Folk
Grammy winning classical guitar player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has created a project called Desert Slide with Rajasthani folk singer Anwar Khan. Their performances wowed the organisers at Womex a couple of years ago and since then they have mesmerised audiences across Europe. Strangely, they have never performed at a commercial event in India! Another first coming to you from Paddy Fields.
Viva La Goa - Goan Folk
Another coming together of musicians to create something special for Paddy Fields! Sunday night ends on a vibrant, colourful note as some of Mumbai's finest musicians bring out the musical spirit of Goa. Audiences will hear some evergreen Konkani and Portuguese classics along with contemporary and original Goan songs. Performed by a band led by keyboard wiz Merlin D'Souza, sax prodigy Rhys Sebastian, powerhouse vocalist Suzanne D'Mello, award winning actress and singer Palomi Ghosh and many more. Oh did we mentioned that Tobby and his dancers are joining in too? Miss this at your peril.
Nesco Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai
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  1. Ticket Compulsory for Children above 5 Yrs.
  2. No refund unless the event is cancelled.
  3. Please carry a valid ID proof along with you.
  4. Seats available on a first come first serve basis.
  5. Tickets once booked cannot be cancelled nor refunded.
  6. Security procedures, including frisking remain the right of the management.
  7. No dangerous or potentially hazardous objects including but not limited to weapons, knives, guns, fireworks, helmets, lazer devices, bottles, musical instruments will be allowed in the venue and may be ejected with or without the owner from the venue.
  8. The sponsors/performers/organizers are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. Any claims regarding the same would be settled in courts in Mumbai.
  9. People in an inebriated state shall not be allowed entry.
  10. Venue rules apply.



Event Brief
Paddy Fields is India’s only music festival that takes the beauty of folk music from across the country and packages and presents it to an audience weaned on Bollywood and International music!

It’s the festival where music lovers discover traditional music they have never heard, are introduced to artistes they’ve never seen and watch familiar artistes perform sets that are brand new to both the artiste and the audience!

A music mélange like no other, Paddy Fields caters to people who love pop, rock, jazz, classical….. you get the picture! A music lover’s delight!!

Paddy Fields is back for a third season with another cracking concept that explores the traditions of Indian music and addresses an age old question…. did Indian classical music have its origins in folk music?

So we did a little asking, delved a little and educated ourselves about Samagana, Jatigana, Deshi and Margi music, Persian influences on Indian music and how Dhruvapad led to the Dhrupad form of singing. We heard fascinating stories about instruments like the iktara and dotara being the precursor to the sitar and how the table developed from the dholak!!

It all made for an obviously fascinating and exciting concept for Paddy Fields 2018.

Jugalbandi: The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. This is where the structured meets the free form, where stories are told in raga and where musical boundaries are pushed and walls broken down. An experience of a lifetime for both the audience and some of the performers as well! All packaged to ensure two evenings of sheer entertainment, with perhaps a bit of education of our great musical traditions thrown in!

Artist Line-up and their description :

Folk + Fusion Music
• Rajasthani
• Rajasthani - Maganniyar
• Kashmiri
• Awadhi
• Punjabi
• Sufi
• Pahadi - Himalayan
• Goan
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