The Jaipur Music Stage Conversations

The Jaipur Music Stage Conversations are a series of daily sessions with artistes and influencers on their craft coupled with a set of interactions with renowned musicians and singers.

24 January

Pop Goes Music! How Independent Music Popped Up and Grew Beyond Movie Soundtracks

Usha Uthup, Rahul Ram and Chayan Adhikari in conversation with Sarthak Kaushik

This session is all about the ‘how’ — from a sari-clad Usha Uthup singing cabaret to a kurta-wearing Rahul Ram wielding his bass with his vocals making the audience sway to folk songs sung along the Narmada — music has forged its own path away from the mainstream. Uthup’s iconic status is undisputed, Ram has been a pioneer with the ground breaking Indian Ocean while Chayan Adhikari is one of the most prolific voices within the Indian indie scene with his classical fusion band Advaita.

25 January

3 G (enerations): The Heartbeat of a Generation: How a Family Made the World Sway to Their Percussive Genius

Vikku Vinayakram, Selvaganesh and Swaminathan in conversation

A conversation between Grammy Award-winner Vikku Vinayakram, his son Selvaganesh and grandson Swaminathan, all of whom have excelled within the Indian Carnatic tradition of percussion. 3 G explores the journey of the Vinayakram family and their close connection with the Carnatic musical tradition. Vinayakram is a perfect example of letting talent speak for itself. In the 1970s, he provided a percussive platform for Shakti, a band that defined jazz fusion music with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain at the helm, to launch a musical revolution. He then played a leading role in firing up the imagination of a whole generation of musicians in the traditions of Carnatic percussion. Selvaganesh has carried that torch forward with his mastery of the kanjeera. In turn, his son is now making a name for himself; testament to the family’s legacy as they pass their talents on from generation to generation.

26 January

The Classical Session: An Evening with the Maestros: The Past, Present and Future of Indian Classical Tradition

L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shekhar Ravjiani in conversation

L. Subramaniam has been a driving force behind pushing the musical boundaries of the Carnatic violin. This session is an exploration of his method and journey. Joining him is Kavita Krishnamurthy, widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers of our generation, and Shekhar Ravjiani, whose music has found popularity amongst millions.

27 January

Breaking Down the Walls: Music as an Instrument of Change

Donisha Prendergast, Delhi Sultanate, Begum X and Tritha Sinha in conversation with Sunita Toor

Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of Bob Marley, Delhi Sultanate, Begum X and Tritha Sinha discuss how they use their music and performance to communicate messages of social change. Does music play an important role in the fight for justice? What are the challenges? The panel discusses this and more as they unpack the links between music and social activism.