Kabir Festival Mumbai

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Country and Region IndiaMaharashtra
Type of Festival Literary, Music
Location of Festival Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Festival Contact Information

The Kabir Festival Mumbai
603, New Siver Star,
Prabhat Colony Road,
Santacruz East,
Mumbai 400055 India
Email: info@thekabirfest.com

Festival Description

The cultural festival features a program of classical and folk Indian music, poetry and storytelling, and film. All events are free of charge and take place in a number of different venues. The festival tells the story of Kabir through documentary films, a facilitated discussion, live folk music as well as story telling sessions — all seek to foster an awareness and understanding of the message of kabir inspired by Kabir Project.

Festival Dates February 17 - 19, 2012
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Artists 2012:
  • Padma Shri Prahlad Tipanya
    • One of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today who combines singing and explanation of Kabir in the Malwi folk style from Madhya Pradesh. Prahlad Singh Tipanya 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.
  • Mooralala Marwada
    • A folk singer from Kutch district of Gujarat in western India, and sings the poetry of Kabir along with other poets such as Mira, Ravidas and also the Sufi Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitai.
  • Mukhtiyar Ali
    • From the semi-nomadic Mirasi Community which hails from the Thar Desert. Mukhtiyar represents the 26th generation of this humble community which has successfully kept alive the oral tradition of Sufiana Qalam. He also sings the poetry of Kabir, Mira and other Sufi poets like Bulleh Shah. He made his Europe debut in July 2007.
  • Bhanwari Devi
    • A folk singer from Rajasthan. Known as one of the finest voices, with ‘ghoongat’ on her head and a mike in her hand; Bhanwari Devi, a woman folk singer in an almost male dominated arena is a virtuoso performer of Kabir poetry, folk music and epic narration.
  • Shabnam Virmani
    • A filmmaker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. 7 years ago she started traveling with folk singers in Malwa, Rajasthan and Pakistan in a quest for the spiritual and socio-political resonances of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir in our contemporary worlds. She is the founder and Director of the Kabir Project, Bangalore. Inspired by the inclusive spirit of folk music, she has begun to play the tambura and sing folk songs of Kabir herself.


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