Padma Shri Prahlad Tipanya
Padma Shri Prahlad Singh Tipanya is one of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today, who combines the singing and explanation of Kabir in the Malwi folkstyle of Madhya Pradesh. Prahlad Tipaniya has toured in the UK and the United States, as well as in India, and his music has been played on the All India Radio Stations in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow and Kanpur. He has received several awards including the Padma Shri in 2011. Accompanying him are Ajay Tipanya – Dholak
Ashok Tipaniya - supporting vocals & manjira
Vijay Tipanya – supporting Vocals & manjira
Dharmendra Tipanya – Supporting vocals and manjira
Dev Narayan Saroliya – violin
Gurucharan - harmonium
Manglesh Mangrolia - Timki
Mooralala Marwada is a folk singer from Kutch district of Gujarat in western India. He is the eleventh generation from his family to sing the traditional bhajans. He sings the poetry of Kabir along with other poets such as Mira, Ravidas and also the Sufi Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitai.Mooralala, with his swirling mustache, cheerful smile and happy presence has played at CokeStudio@MTV.
Parvathy Baul & Lakshmi Da Baul
Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore. Her meeting with the living tradition of Baul prompted her to choose the path of self-training in the Baul order rather than an institutional degree. Since 1995 she has performed in her home state Bengal and all over India. She was also invited to participate in several international festivals including Festival de l’imaginaire (Paris), Festival international du Conte et du Monodrame (Beirut, Libanon), and Ethnomad (Geneva, Switzerland).
Lakshman Das Baul (Birbhum dist) Musical instrument- Dotara and Ananda Lahari Lakshman is a disciple and the adopted son of renowned Baul Master and composer Shri Shudhir Goshai of famous Joydev-Tamaltala Ashram in Birbhum Dist. He is a young performer well known for his magnificent energetic performances. He accompanies himself with Anandalahari and Dotara while he sings. He performed in many parts of India. . After the demise of Shri Shudhir Goshai he looks after the Joydev-Tamaltala Ashram. There he lives with his wife and son and the Mother (the companion of Shri Shudhir Goshai). Since last four years he is collaborating with Parvathy Baul.
Vedanth & Bindhu
Vedanth and Bindhu are musicians trained in Carnatic and Hindustani Classical Music. But where their music meets is in the sound of the guitar. Vedanth’s guitar is what their voices ride on and they make and sing songs that capture a well blended union of their voices and the guitar. Kabir and other mystic poets of India inspire them apart from many other songs that are soul stirring and melodic in nature.
The music they make is a blend of Carnatic, Hindustani complimented by the western chords of the guitar. At the end of the day, they dwell in the resonance of the voices and the strings of the guitar.
Ankit Chadha is a Delhi-based writer and storyteller, at Hindu College, where he also earned his Honours in History. He became a known name in the theatre circuit for the productions, written and directed by him. He started storytelling professionally in 2010 and has, since then, been working with Mahmood Farooqui to revive Dastangoi.
Shruthi Vishwanath is a singer and composer who explores intersections of classical and folk, visceral and intellectual through her music. She is known for her interpretations of poems by women, and their stark relevance in modern times, along with finding common threads of nirgun and sagun poets. She has performed extensively around the country and around the world, including at major festivals and venues. She teaches both children and adults integrating vocal techniques, theatre skills and poetry. She has recently composed music for a documentary film.
Radhika Soon Nayak
Radhika’s journey into music led her to explore Sufi poetry. She sang Punjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah’s kalaam at the last Kabir Festival in Mumbai and at the Malwa Kabir Yatra. Seeing it resonate with both urban and rural audiences, and even with children, she has continued her exploration into other Sufi poets’ works. She also enjoys singing semi-classical musical forms like thumri, dadra, hori, jhoola and devotional music. An MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, Radhika worked with Unilever and ANZ Grindlays before moving out from the corporate arena to pursue her quest for music. Radhika is an Akashvani artiste and a recipient of the ‘Sur Mani’ award from Sur Singar Samsad. She is also associated with Mumbai’s S P Jain Institute of Management as a visiting faculty in Human Resource Management.
Manzil Mystics - Band
Manzil Mystics is a choir group born through shared passion for traditional Indian music, Indian Folk music, and a desire to celebrate their culture. Manzil Mystics has been performing for/with different NGOs in Delhi on social issues such as
environment, gender-based violence, governmental corruption, honor killing, failure in education system in India, and many more. Through its inspiring and self composed songs Manzil Mystics has been performing throughout Delhi and different parts of India for last 4 years for corporate, event companies and NGOs.
Manzil Mystics believes that music is just not a part of entertainment; it’s an alternative medium of teaching people good things. So the theme of music is Manzil Mystics’s uniqueness.