The inaugural edition of India’s first World Music Festival which happened in Udaipur on February 13 and 14, saw an interesting blend of eclectic and mesmerizing performances by several international and national artistes. The first session of day 1 kicked off at the Fateh Saagar Paal. The day saw several musicians from India, Serbia, Netherlands and Iran. It also featured an impressive performance from Spanish guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey.
Maria do Carmo Carvalho Rebelo de Andrade, popular as Carminho, is a Portuguese fado and popular music singer. He earned stardom in Spain after being featured on Pablo Alborán's ‘Perdóname’ which bagged the top slot in the Spanish charts. Going by the performance that she gave, her music's effectiveness was solely dependent on how immersed she was while performing. Her music was energetic, fast-paced, with not a single dissonant tone.
During the night session, music lovers enjoyed a flawless dance performance by Spanish flamenco dance group Juanma Zurano and Tamara. With the right rhythm and impact, it turned out to be a visual delight.
Grammy winning musician Dobet Gnahore from Côte d'Ivoire may have sung in her native language, but she definitely knew what it takes to keep the audience engrossed.
Raghu enthralled his fans as he performed popular tracks - the high-energy Jag Changa, the classic Ambar, the hilarious Masti Ki Basti. While giving a small lesson in Kannada, his mother-tongue, he made the huge crowd that had gathered for his performance to croon a few lines from a Kannada song!
The Moroccan Sahrawi singer Oum who has included a huge variety of music styles in her albums, sang Moroccan songs with extreme artistic talent. Since her songs were about love and sensuality and the audience were happy to listen to them despite the fact that they weren't aware of its meaning.
Extremely popular with the youngsters, Papon not only sang his popular Bollywood songs – ‘Kyun’, ‘Jeena’, but also used some really interesting tricks to bridge the gap between him and the audience. Keeping in mind the core idea of Udaipur World Music Festival – focus on folk songs – the singer, who has a huge fan following in his home State of Assam belted out Assamese song. While the crowd swayed to his peppy Assamese songs, they urged him to perform Bollywood number. “Agar aap sab Spanish sun sakte hain toh Indian songs kyun nahi?” His gig that started with ‘Dinae Dinae’, followed by Punjabi song ‘Suraj Nu Mildi Sawer’, ‘Moh Moh ke Dhaage’ and many more melodious tracks.