Kolkata to reverberate with global folk music

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 10:30 hrs

Kolkata, Dec 12 (IANS) Bringing the folk music from their countries to the city, artists from Israel and Australia will perform at the Kolkata International Folk Music festival at the Rabindra Sarobar grounds Dec 13.

The two-day festival beginning Dec 13 will witness the participation of music bands Idan Raichel Project from Israel and Wantok Sing Sing from Australia.

"The Idan Raichel Project will bring a blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, while Wantok Sing Sing will showcase log drum orchestras, uplifting choral singing and haunting solo voices," said Kaushik Dutta, CEO of Song of Soul, the organisation which is holding the festival in partnership with the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and the Kolkata Improvement Trust.

Also joining the international folk artists will be singers from West Bengal.

"Mansoor Fakir, Shubhadra Sharma and Lakhan Das Baul will be a part of the show," said Dutta.

Besides music, the folk culture of West Bengal will be represented by Guba dancers, Ranpa, "lathi khela" (stick fight), glove puppetry, rod puppet, "nautanki" (folk drama), dhak and dhol (drums).

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