Friday Review November Fest: Celebrate sufi and bhakti music with Vidya Shah, Manganiyars and Vikku Vinayakram in Coimbatore and Chennai on November 09 & November 17

The sounds of the south and north blend together in this premiere show. The powerful vocals of Vidya Shah weave with the magical ghatam of Vikku Vinayakaram with his grandson Hariharan on the Kanjira. The show will also have the superb Manganiyar singers from Rajasthan. The concert celebrates the medieval mystic poets, bringing alive some of the most powerful and ecstatic expressions of love, devotion and surrender to the ultimate, authored by the great Sufi and Bhakti poets.

The concert will last around one hour and 15 minutes.

Nirgun Naad: Songs of the Mystics

Genre: Sufi-Bhakti

Date: November 9 (Coimbatore) and November 17 (Chennai)

Time: 7.30 p.m. onwards


Coimbatore - P.S.G. College of Arts and Science Auditorium

Chennai - Music Academy

For the detailed schedule of Nov Fest 2013 in all five cities, click here.

About the group:

Nirgun Naad brings together this eclectic ensemble for the first time. Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram, affectionately known as Vikku, is renowned internationally for his imaginative and beautiful drumming on the ghatam. Vikku Vinayakram became the first South Indian artist to receive a Grammy in 1991 for Best World Music Album. Singer Vidya Shah, a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, is known for her mellifluous renditions of Sufiana Qalam and Bhakti music. She received the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India for her project Women on Record. The dynamic and creative Chugge Khan plays several instruments, is a vocalist, writer, composer and arranger with a repertoire of more than 1000 songs that range from Rajasthani folk music to Sufi qawwali, bhajan and more. He is the director of Rajasthan Josh, a collective of Manganiyar musicians that has been the regular headline act for the Jaipur Lit Fest.

The performers:

Vidwan Shri Vikku Vinayakaram

Vidya Shah

Chugge Khan Manganiyar

Salim Khan Manganiyar

Harihara Vinayakaram

Ghulam Ali

Amar Sangam


Price: Rs. 400, Rs. 250 & Rs. 150. Season passes at Rs. 1,000 & Rs. 650 (Coimbatore)

Rs. 600, Rs. 350 & Rs. 200. Season passes at Rs. 3,000 & Rs. 1,800 (Chennai)

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