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Segment: Choir

Date: 7th October

Artistes: Sonam Kalra

Venue: The Cathedral Church of the Redemption

Evening of Christian Spiritual Music

This first segment of the concert on 7th October would be Sonam Kalra, in accompany of pianist Alex Fernandes. Sonam Kalra is a vocalist whose skill spans both Western and Indian musical traditions. She has trained in Indian classical music under Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterjee and has also studied varied genres of Western music including classical opera and gospel under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Young and gospel singer Ashley Clement in Singapore.

This evening Sonam will perform a selection of gospel pieces. Her music is a joyous mix of everything she has learnt and her repertoire is composed of personal favorites- Classics like Joyful, Joyful and the eternally moving Amazing Grace, each of which holds a special meaning for her and she brings to them all a sensitivity that moves you.

Alex Fernandes is an accomplished pianist who has played with several international vocalists and instrumentalists over the last twenty five years. Alex is known for his agility on the piano and a unique style. He has numerous solo shows to his credit and has performed in prestigious music festivals all over the country.

Segment: Choir

Date: 4th October

Artistes: Capital City Minstrels & Mozart Children’s Choir

Venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral

The Capital City Minstrels in Concert for Peace

The Capital City Minstrels Choir (CCM), who performed last year in Europe, will sing again during the Delhi International Arts Festival 2009. CCM’s concerts, much anticipated in Delhi’s music calendar, include the Peace Concert to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

CCM is Delhi’s best-known choir. Started in 1994, it is an independent and registered society for the promotion of international music. CCM’s repertoire of songs spans a wide range, from the earliest formally written choral music, the entire spectrum of western classical music, opera to ballads, madrigals, folk songs, Broadway, rock, jazz as well as Indian forms of music.

CCM has 3 annual seasons:

Spring/ Summer Performances are scheduled in April/ May

Autumn Performance presents the ” Concert For Peace” inspired by Gandhi Jayanti

Winter Performances celebrate the Christmas season with classical sacred music and much- loved carols

Even with this packed schedule, CCM has performed at special concerts. It pioneered Chamber Choirs, “A Night at the Opera” in collaboration with the Imperial Hotel and almost the entire chorus for Delhi’s first opera ” The Fakir of Benaras” consisted of CCM singers.

We are fortunate to have been directed by an exceptionally talented series of directors, from within India and from USA, Korea & presently Gabriella Boda Rechner from Hungary. The Directors have enriched CCM by bringing and sharing their own individual interpretations and rich talent with the choir.

In early 2008, CCM played host to the German choir that performed in Delhi. Last June CCM, under its conductor Ms. Gabriella Boda-Rechner, undertook a path-breaking tour of Hungary, Germany and France where in its colourful Indian dresses, it used Indian and western accompaniment and sang selections from Indian classical, Indian folk, English spiritual, Latin classical to European folk songs. The response from the audiences in palaces, castles, churches, embassies, conservatories and town halls was phenomenal and most often unprecedented.


Gabriella has been CCM’s music director since 2006 when she moved to New Delhi. Born in Budapest (Hungary), Gabriella is a full time conductor of choirs and a music teacher with 25 years experience in Hungary, France, Morocco, China and now India.

She has won many awards: first prize in the Franz Lizst Musical Analysis Competition; Kodaly prize for the propagation of the Kodaly Method of Music Education; Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her service in the propagation of the French language and culture in Morocco and she is also an Honorary Professor of the Conservatory of China, Beijing.

Gabriella has trained young music teachers and choir masters within the framework of workshops and has also taken part in the production of operas. She currently directs several choirs in Delhi. CCM is honored to be directed and conducted by her and has also performed in Europe under her baton.

Segment: Choir

Date: 7th October

Artistes: Artistes Unlimited

Venue: The Cathedral church of Redemption

Time: 7 pm

This year Delhi International Arts Festival is also bringing another choir group, Artistes Unlimited, after opening up with the Capital City Minstrels at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Artistes Unlimited is an independent platform for Performing Arts. Established in July 2003 in a bid to create a collaborative space for artistes in Delhi, Artistes Unlimited has performed over 60 concerts, reaching out to an audience of 40,000.

From independent concerts that have featured an 88 strong vocal ensemble, an original AU musical to a 3-day AU music festival featuring Shubha Mudgal, Parikrama and Them Clones and a recently released AU original album featuring 46 artistes; AU has staged productions that have evolved to a higher level of innovation, music and showmanship each time.

Artistes Unlimited is constituted as a registered charitable trust with all associated tax implications. The trust embodies our philosophy of contributing tangibly to society. We regularly earmark a portion of our proceeds from various events for channeling towards the causes we support.

Segment: Sacred Music

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

Time 7 p.m.

Artist: Aruna Sairam

South India’s most celebrated classical vocalist Aruna Sairam is now regarded as a music ambassador of India taking Indian music to the global arena. On Republic day January 26, 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri.

Her appearances throughout the world include Carnegie Hall in New York, Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco, and the Music Academy in Chennai. She has collaborated with internationally renowned artists including Dominique Vellard, the French master of Gregorian chant, and Christian Bollmann of Germany, as well as with A grade North Indian musicians.

She has also participated in several international festivals and series, including the Spirit of Fes, which toured the US in the fall of 2006; in this tour, she collaborated with eminent American musicians.

Sairam is one of the most renowned and beloved representatives of Carnatic vocal music – a style that is rooted in the devotional songs and music from the temples of South India. In her long concert career she has developed a distinctive style, which is based in tradition while remaining open to influences from other fields.

Her numerous recordings include the recent Divine Inspiration on the World Village/ Harmonia Mundi USA label. Ms Sairam has been featured on several albums. Of these, five have been produced and distributed in Europe, most of them in France.

She is doing yeoman service to India by unifying the different linguistic and regional cultures. She is an eminent cultural ambassador of our country, the world over.

Apart from her collaborative work with Dominique Vellard entitled “Sources”, Ms Sairam has released a very innovative album in Germany with musicians Christian Bollman and Michael Reimann entitled ” Aruna : Thousand Names of the Divine Mother”, containing sacred chants (from the well-known Lalitha Sahasranamam) layered with a panoply of sounds not traditionally associated with Indian Classical Music. This album too met with rave reviews and has been circulated very widely among musicians in Europe.

Sairam’s tone has been described to have a rich, vibrant timbre that though powerful, has the tantalizing capacity to seem intimate, as though she is singing for each individual seated in the audience.

She was born in Mumbai into a family with a deep love of music. Her mother, the singer Smt. Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, was her first teacher in the art of Carnatic music of South India. Her father, a music connoisseur, received the greatest musicians and dancers from northern and southern India in his home. It was in this propitious atmosphere, which was fundamental to the development of her art, that Ms. Sairam met Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. T. Brinda, who trained her in the style of her own mentor, the great Veena Dhanammal, one of the most outstanding figures in Carnatic music. Ms. Sairam also studied with Veena Vidwan Sri. K. S. Narayanaswamy.

She is the recipient of several major Indian classical music titles and awards, including the highly coveted Sangita Choodamani and Kalaimamani. Ms Sairam has been appointed by the Chief Minister of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu as adviser to the Department of Culture, Tamil Nadu, on Musical Education.

Sairam’s concerts play to packed houses, an occurrence that is rare for classical music. Each event is special, marked with rare poise and an equally moving emotive vibration that endears her to her audiences.

She has had the rare distinction of performing in venues such as Indian President’s official residence Rashtrapati Bhavan. She has also performed across the length and breadth of the country, bringing the richness of South Indian classical music to people from all walks of life.

Segment: Sacred Music

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

Time 7 p.m.

Artist: Bhai Baldeep Singh (Gurbani in medieval Dhrupad style)

Bhai Baldeep Singh has descended from a long tradition of masters of the Gurbāni Kīrtan maryada, and today is the 13th generation exponent of this hallowed tradition. His pilgrimage began with intensive meditation on the classical shabad-ritaan taught to him by his granduncles, Bhai Gurcharan Singh and Bhai Avtar Singh, who themselves were savants of Gurbāni Kīrtan tradition.

The vast knowledge that they bequeathed to Bhai Baldeep Singh included masterpieces that were first composed by the Sikh Gurus themselves. From the highly distinguished and eminent Bhai Arjan Singh ‘Tarangar’, he learnt the system (silsila) of pakhawaj/mridang playing known as Amritsari Baaj. Today, Bhai Baldeep Singh is the prime exponent (khalifa) of this gharana of classical percussions of Punjab.

Western Classical Music
6th October
Auditorium of the Baha’I’ House of Worship

Classical Western Music
14th October
Kamani Auditorium

Concert by Bertha Rojas, Guitarist from Paraguay

Segment: Western classical music

Date: 14th October

Time: 6.30 pm

Artistes: Bertha Rojas

The Delhi International has also in store a brilliant musician on western classical genre. The Paraguan guitarist will render a lovely evening of her delectable sounds from her guitar.

Berta Rojas is a musician who moves easily from classical to other musical genres. Rojas has captivated music-lovers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Most notably, she’s appeared at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. She sold out her performances at both the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the South Bank Centre in London. In 2004, she opened the International First Ladies Summit in Paraguay with special guest Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Praised by the Washington Post as a “guitarist extraordinaire,” and by England s Classical Guitar Magazine as “Ambassador of the Classical Guitar,” her musicianship and cordiality make her an audience favorite. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has recognized Rojas’ artistic excellence and named her a Fellow of the Americas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Baltimore’s prestigious Peabody Conservatory. Beyond her own musical talents, Rojas is committed to supporting South American artists. She has served as the Artistic Director for several competitions including the John and Susie Beatty Competition, the Ibero-American Guitar Festival in Washington DC, and the Cardozo Ocampo Competition in Paraguay. She is Paraguay’s Ambassador of Tourism and a Professor of Guitar at George Washington University in Washington DC. The critics have spared no praise about the quality of her interpretation.

Youth Festival

6th-7th October

Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre

7 pm

Salil Bhatt & Ankit Bhatt / Satwik Veena & Sitar
Azeem Ahmed Alvi / Sitar
Richa Jain / Kathak

Meenu Thakur / Kuchipudi
S.U.N.A.I.N.A / Dance Choreography

Mansi Prasad / Carnatic vocal
Rajat Prasanna & Sohail Sabri / Flute & Sarangi
Students of Smt. Kanaka Srinivasan / Bharatnatyam
Suryanarayan / Kuchipudi
V. Anuradha Singh / Kathak group

Segment: Youth

Dates: 6h October

Venue: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre

Time 7 p.m.

Artist: Richa Jain

A dedicated young Kathak dancer, Richa Jain started her formal training in Kathak dance at the tender age of three years under the guidance of her parents; Kathak exponents shri Ravi Jain, disciple of Padmashri Shambhu Maharaj & smt. Alaknanda Devi and smt Nalini Jain , disciple of Guru Sunder Prasad & Guru Kundan Lal Gangani.. She also received her initial vocal music training from Shri Ajit Kumar Mishra and is being currently trained by renowned Guru & exponent Shri A. Maheshwar Rao of Gwalior Gharana.

Besides being a graded Artist from Doordarshan and a Graded Artist from All India Radio in light music, Richa has given performances on Stage, Television and AIR. In her Kathak dance performances, Richa sings herself while dancing on “thumri”, “dadra”,” bhajans” etc.

She has been a part of various workshops and has conducted lecture demonstrations. She has also worked as an assistant choreographer under her Guru Shri Ravi Jain for various productions and telefilms.

Richa holds a masters in commerce, masters in Kathak dance & persuing her masters in Hindustani vocal music appearing from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Segment: Youth

Dates: 7th October

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Manasi Prasad

‘Living life to the fullest’ has always been Manasi Prasad’s motto, and as one of the rising stars among the new generation of Carnatic musicians, she has certainly exemplified this. Manasi was initiated into Carnatic classical vocal music and Bharatanatyam dance at the age of 5. Since then, she has been pursuing the arts with passion and dedication. Her gurus in music include her mother- Tara Prasad, Jahnavi Jayaprakash and Dr. K. Varadarangan. She has received advanced training from Vidwan R. K. Padmanabha. She also receives training from Suguna Purushothaman of Chennai.

As a performing artist for over 10 years now, Manasi has travelled extensively in her career. She has been featured in most of the prestigious venues of classical music at Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and other cities in India. She was invited to Germany, USA and Chile to give presentations on the Indian Arts at universities. She is an empanelled artist of the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), and has also performed concerts in the US, Singapore, Middle East and Africa.

Numerous awards have come her way, including the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Government of India’s Sangeet Natak Akademi, an award from the Madras Music Academy, ‘Yuva Kalaakar Puraskar’ (Young Artist Award) from Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai and ‘Ananya Pratibhe'(Unique Talent) from Ananya, Bangalore. She has performed on the television and radio numerous times. Manasi has sung in over 10 music albums, many of which she has composed music for.

Segment: Youth

Dates: 7h October

Venue: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre

Time 7 p.m.

Artist: Rajat Prasanna

Born in the family of traditional legendary musicians of Benaras Gharana, Rajat was fortunate to have the right environment for his latent musical talents to blossom. Right from the tender age of six years, Rajat is being learning Indian Classical Music and groomed under the kind guidance of his grandfather late Pandit Raghunath Prasanna & father Shri Ravi Shankar Prasanna. The music heritage has imbibed in him a very keen sense of sur and taal (Musical notes & Rhythm), with the result; various exponents of Indian Classical Music have applauded his public performances in musical sittings. A daily practice session of minimum of four hours from last fourteen years had enabled him to grasp and master the intricacies and have finer qualities of Indian Classical Music and developing a style that was respectful of tradition, yet full of innovation on Flute.

The flute (Bansuri) is considered to be the most ancient and natural musical instrument. The idea of fashioning this instrument occurred while listening to the sweet notes generated by the blowing of wind through the holes carved on the bamboo sticks by pests & insects. For centuries together, the flute was the principal pastoral instrument. It was left to the genius of late Pandit Raghunath Prasanna & Pandit Pannalal Ghosh to elevate it to the status of a concert instrument.

Folk Dances from India
7th- 9th


  • 7th DLF Mall, Saket 7pm
  • 8th Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, 4pm
  • 9th DLF Mall, Saket 7pm

Dates: 7th – 9th October

Artistes: 180 artistes

Venue: Multiple Venues

  • 7th October – Sri Ram Centre – 7 p.m.
  • 8th October – DLF Mall, Saket – 7 p.m.
  • 9th October – Jamia Millia Islamia – 4.30 p.m.



DIAF has an interesting three day Kashmir Festival at the multiple venues featuring 180 artistes, and reflecting the culture of all parts of the Jammu and Kashmir including the Kargil, Srinagar, Ladakh etc. It is a beautiful Folk arts Festival from the state which is often in news for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately.


This Festival reflecting the multi-cultural nature of Jammu & Kashmir is spread over three days from 7th-9th of October and would be a highlight programme of the Delhi International Arts Festival 2009. It includes elements of folk culture reflecting all regions and communities of the state.

The artistes from Kargil would be singing folk songs like Da Lhtongbyuru LhtongShon Lhoo and Yar-Gyas. The first song is about the predicament of the girl of a minister who has been married to a distant village far away from her parental home. Shon Lhoo is a song essentially sung at the end of the harvest season in most of the villages around the Wakha Mulbekh belt of Kargil District. Sung by both males and females, the song reflects the contentment of the farmers after a good season’s harvest. The song, Yar-Gyas, reflects the heartfelt concern of the poet towards the diminishing culture ethos in lights of the modern era of science and technology and it is sung by both males and females. Here the poet requests the youth to know the worthiness of the indigenous products like local food, wool and leather.

Some of the performances to be staged are Kashmiri Dhamali Dance, Chabskyan dance, Music of Godri, Kashmiri Chakri, Dogri Punjabi Dance, Pahari Dance, Dogri Haran Dance, Kashmiri Bhand, Purgi Dance of Kargil, Dogri Kud Dance, Kashmiri Bachnagma and Dogri Chajjha Dance. Kashmiri Chakri is one of the most popular folk music played in the region played with the musical instruments like harmonium, rabab, sarangi and nout. Chakri was also used to tell stories like fairy tales or famous love stories “Yousuf-Zulaikha”, “Laila-Majnun”.

Some among these dances are Ladakhi dance forms namely Chabskyan, Jabro Dance and Bagston. Chabskyan dance is the heritage of Ladakhi kings and was presented only in the royal court only in the royal court with the drowning of democracy. Here the dancers perform carrying ‘Chabskyan’ or goblets of wine on their head. The artistes first place the goblets on the floor and then they sing a song in praise of kings and queens and the song, in particular, is in praise of the king Jamyang Padkar.

Jabro dance is a community dance of the nomadic people of Tibetan origin, living on the hills of the Changthang area of Ladakh. It is performed by men and women at all festive occasions. Jabro, which is essentially a tap dance, is very popular in the entire region.

Bagston is the traditional song and dance performed during the long proceedings of the wedding in the region. On any marriage, the singer (Nyopon) is traditionally engaged to lead his party (Nyopas) on the ceremony.

Segment: Indian Classical Music

Dates: 8th October

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Mysore M Manjunath


From child prodigy to trail blazer, captivating audiences & critics, Mysore M. Manjunath has created unrivalled record as star performer in prestigious organizations world over. Violinist par excellence, Dr. Manjunath hails from the princely city of Mysore. His performances feature an extraordinary range of musical expressions from the deepest meditations to astonishing virtuosity with outstanding artistic imagination.



Segment: Indian Classical Music

Dates: 8th October

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Sumitra Guha


Sumitra Guha‘s concerts are counted as ‘experiences’ that bear the stamp of exclusive musical devotion towards Hindustani as well as Carnatic music. Sumitra strides the two schools of Indian classical music, viz. Carnatic and Hindustani music due to her unique upbringing. Her first tutor was her mother, who imbued in her Indian Classical music with a religious fervour. In 1964, Sumitra started learning Indian Classical music under none other than Classical musicians Pt. A. Kanan and Vidushi Malavika Kanan. She assimilated both of their styles in her music, and later received instruction from Sushil Kumar Bose, the accomplished disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.



Segment: Indian Classical Music

Dates: 9th October

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: G. Raghuraman

G Raghuraman is a talented, well acclaimed exponent of the flute played in the Carnatic style, a classical form of music from the south of India. He has travelled widely and enthralled audiences both in India and abroad. He hails from a family of distinguished musicians. His grandmother, Kirannor.S.Jayalakshmi, a renowned artist of yesteryears, was one of the pioneer Carnatic flautist among women and his father K.J.Govindarajan was legendry Bharatanatyam guru.



Raghuraman had his initial training from Shri Swamainathan Iyer, Shri T.S.Sankaran, Shri R.Thyagarajan. Later, he continued under the guidance of Dr.N.Ramani. His forte’ is the use of a combination of base flutes to enhance the effect of his playing.


His music has been highly appreciated everywhere. He has been performing regularly since 1984 and participated in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad. He has also conducted workshops on Carnatic music in North America and Mauritius.


Raghuraman is a recipient of many awards and prizes, notable among them being the first prize in the All India Radio competition held in 1989 in the instrumental category, resulting in his placement as a graded artist of All India Radio. He has won the appreciation of Shri R.Venkataraman, President of India, for his excellent performance at concerts held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was also honoured with the Delhi Yuva Kalakar award by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha.


He has been a member of ICCR delegations to North Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Turkey and Syria. He has also performed in Re-Union,Mauritius and extensively in the U.S.A and Canada. Raghuraman,with keen interest to experiment has given many fusion and newage music.He has also composed music for full length dance ballets.



Segment: Indian Classical Music

Dates: 9th October

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Shubhendra Rao (sitarist)


Ace composer and performer, Shubhendra Rao is ranked amongst the key soloists of India. Distinguished as a musical bridge to many cultures, he creates an experience for his audience that ‘is not aimed at titillating the senses, but to seize the soul’ (The Hindu, 4th Feb 2000). A protégé of world-renowned Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra has established himself not only as a master of his instrument but also as a thinking musician, constantly endeavoring to carry his instrument beyond conventional boundaries.


Hailed as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition, Shubhendra has performed at major music festivals and concert halls like Broadway and Carnegie Hall in New York, WOMAD festival in Guernsey, UK, National Arts Festival in South Africa, Theatre de le Ville in Paris and Doverlane Music Conference in India. In 2007, he was awarded the “Youth Icon for Classical Music” by the popular Zee Television Network.

Contemporary Theatre Festival
8th-11th October
Sri Ram Centre

  • 8th- “Enixar Bhromoranga” (Assamese) presented by Seagull Theatre Assam

  • 9th – Kao-Kei (The Bull & Tiger- Moirang Parva) (Manipuri) presented by The Imphal Theatre, Manipur

  • 10th – “Ratnakar Aadi” (Assamese) presented by Sibsagar Natya Samaj, Assam

  • 11th- “Nepatthya Raag” (Hindi) presented by Kshitij, Delhi

Ashok Amphitheatre, Ashok Hotel

. 9th Manpreet Akhtar
. 10th Hans Raj Hans
. 11th Zila Khan


Segment: Sufi

Date: 10th October

Artistes: Hansraj Hans

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm


The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.
Hans Raj Hans, father of Navraj Hans and Yugraj Hans, is a Punjabi singer born in a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar. He sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but has also sung in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachhe Dhaage.


Early Childhood

Hans is a devotee of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenager years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a sufi singer and it was because of him Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style.



While Hans was studying in Guru Nanak University Punjab; he won top University singing award continuously for three years, of course, in Punjabi Folk Singing. Hans was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by former chief minister of Punjab Capt. Amrinder Singh. Recently, Hans received the fourth highest civilian award of India Padam Shree Award for arts.Hans is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. His popularity started touching the sky when he sang ‘Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey’. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Mr. Jasvir Cheema ‘Mera Dil, Mera Dil…’was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ….’ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa….’ first time in Punjabi folk songs history.



Segment: Sufi

Date: 11th October

Artistes: Zila Khan

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm


The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.


Coming from a line of legendary musicians, Zila H Khan has successfully established herself in a mould that spring from and yet is independent from that of her celebrated father the legendary Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. She is also the only female singer from the oldest school of Sitar and Surbahar – the Imdad Khani Gharana. She has given highly celebrated concerts and toured throughout the world.


ZHK (as she is affectionately called by her colleagues) is known for her perfect command over various styles of performance – be it fusion music, classical ragas, ghazals, Arabic and Persian songs, and so on. When she was asked to sing for Jazz Festival, she took another step towards a beautiful amalgam of east and west. She sang a western concerto in Arabic!! thus expanding her musical ability to even greater creative heights. She not only created a beautiful blend of fusion music, which has a different and enjoyable flavor but also added a literate value in entertainment in 2005 Giving it her unique style of melody enriched with literature, seeped in heritage and dramatically spunky, encasing her ‘Sufiyana style’ in the world of international music or Worldmusic as it is called today.




Segment: Sufi

Date: 9th October

Artistes: Manpreet Akhtar

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm


The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.


9th October is a performance by Punjabi Sufi singer Manpreet Akhtar, hailed as the Abida Parveen of India. Manpreet is one of the few Punjabi singers who sings sufi songs.

This starry affair with the sufi singers will dazzle the night on ninth October. The singer is an experienced sufi singer and had won accolades of her achievements. The audience will enjoy three days of sheer sufi songs.

Entry only by invitation


“Words and the World” – Literary Event

10th October

Eminent writers in dialogue
Ashok Vajpeyi
K. Satchidanandan
Tarun Tejpal

by renowned poet
Javed Akhtar

Presided over by author & Hon. min. Sri Veerappa Moily

The Park Hotel

Entry only by invitation

10th to 13th October
DLF Mall Vasant Kunj
5 pm on 10th & 11th
7pm on 12th & 13th

  • 10th October
    • SARANGI FUNK: is a bold & innovative attempt to introduce and exhibit the untapped aspect of Sarangi.
    • SHANTI – (Sitar based Fusion Band / 9 members.) Shanti is a fusion band that has originated from Goa
    • MRIGYA – Delhi’s best known band that performs music sans frontiers, to rousing cheers from its audiences
  • 11th October
    • IMPROMPTU: An international Jazz band – classical, opera, jazz, the blues, Broadway and popular music.
    • JAZZ JUNCTION – (LATIN jazz set up / 6 members. Jazz Junction. The band which carries the LATIN influences of Goa to another level.
  • 12th October
    • M OCTAVE- Three member pop band popular among the youth circuit.
    • STATUS 4 is one of the leading bands of Goa that sings in different languages. Having a vast experience of over 20 years, Status 4 has created a niche for themselves.
  • 13th October
    • SONAM KALRA- Solo
    • OZONE- Indian Classical musicians come together to form a band with a whiff of western tones.
    • MANTHAN- the Sufi Rock band


Segment:Bands Festival

Dates: 11th October, 2009

Time:5 p.m.

Venue(s):DLF Malls



The music of the international jazz band is an eclectic mix of sound because of the different influence of music on the band members.


Reuben Israel has a wide vocal repertoire: classical, opera, jazz, the blues, Broadway and popular. His repertoire is predominantly in English. It includes songs in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Hebrew. He has performed in musical shows and operas and various concerts in India, Sri Lanka, Germany and France.


Akane Ozawa has a degree in Music Education from the Tokyo Gakugei University (2001) and presently teaches music at the Japanese School, New Delhi. She started playing the piano at the age of four and has been involved with several Japanese chorus groups since the age of twelve – as a member of the chorus, as a soloist, as voice trainer, or as the conductor. She has also conducted a student wind orchestra and is an active member of a Japanese drumming group.



Jazz Junction

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 11th October, 2009

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls


Jazz Junction was formed in Goa in April 2004 by virtuoso Jazz bass player Colin D’Cruz. The band made its debut at the high profile fashion meets jazz show L’affaire Xtraordinaire in Panjim. Soon after that the band stormed through the ‘Down to Earth’ jazz festival at Campal and has since then, performed at some of the biggest live music events all over the country.

The band is formed with a unique ‘floating singers/soloists’ concept where a different singer and/or soloist is featured each time they perform. This gives the band a different sound at every performance. So far the band has featured some accomplished local as well as international jazz artistes and performs every Saturday night at the Orchid hotel in Mumbai.


Colin D’Cruz – Bass

Colin has been performing professionally for close to three decades now. The first ten years of his long and chequered career were spent on five star hotel resident band contracts, where he honed his music skills playing six nights a week with some of the best bands in the country at that time. Colin has performed and toured internationally with some of India’s most accomplished artistes like Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigaam, Shubha Mudgal and Remo Fernandes and International jazz legends like singer Roseanna Vitro and trumpet player Eddie Henderson. One of the highlights of his career was performing on the world renowned Hennessey XO smooth and mellow international jazz tour. Colin has been in and out of countless live music ensembles that helped him evolve into the prolific and accomplished artiste he is today. He recently turned music producer and has been recording some interesting music at his own state of the art studio in Goa.


Other Band Members

Yvonne Gonsalves – Vocals

Xavier Peres- Keyboards

Lester Godinho – Drums




Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 13th October, 2009

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls

A diversion from Rock, a twist from Jazz, a flick from Folk and a touch of class is the way we see towards and describe our music. Manthanhave a unique blend of various music cultures since we believe in experimenting and not categorizing music just to one stream or genre. Manthan creates music that appeals to one and all. As Manthan, we do not want to confine ourselves to one specific territory of music but to broaden our horizons. We find music as a state of mind and that’s how we define our music. It’s a source of unwinding then creating our unique identity as a group and as an individual. Music is an experiment and journey for Manthan and we have set out to be an original band and to bring up our brand of music, which would not be confined to barriers and languages. Manthan is not merely mixing western instruments with Indian but actually combining the two without tampering the feel and hurting the soul of it.
First of its kind in India, the band focuses on Indus Melodic Music. The band, which wants to stick to, its roots, reach out the masses and create a difference. Our music is not the regular rock or metal or grunge or may be psychedelic. Manthan focuses on a strong melody line and try to keep their music as simple as possible so that everyone and anyone can relate to it. Manthan is comfortable playing Hindi, Punjabi or even Urdu without any language bias, when it comes to pass the message we are trying to convey. Manthan’s entire focus is on the simplicity of music, as we say,
“Anyone can do complicated stuff but simple things are tough to do”. So much so that today, Manthan is being coined as the only genuine Sufi band in India by our listeners. Manthan, however, continues its quest to bring to the audience, the best they have to offer in the simplest manner possible.
The band came into existence on March 11th 2006. The founder members, Drummer and Percussionist Samrat Chatterjee played with bands like Saptrishi, Indian Leviets among others, Guitarist Ish Anand was with Hundred Octane.
ISH ANAND – Guitar
SAMRAT CHATTERJEE – Drums and Percussions
PUNEET – Keyboards
NIKHIL BAJAJ – Bass Guitar



Mrigya Band

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 10th October, 2009

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls


Over the years, Mrigya has blossomed into a fascinating contemporary group venturing to stretch the boundaries of music becoming theharbinger of a unique fusion band offering a rich blend of blues, funk, folk, Latino, Indian Classical and jazz. The band’s objective is to expand in all directions and to play music without boundaries. It perhaps best represents the coming together of various strains of music.


Sharat Chandra Srivastava (Violin, Vocals)

Sharat is one of the founding members and the driving force of the band and over the years, has been instrumental in leading the direction of the music of Mrigya. As the violin maestro, he is considered to be one of the best young violinists in the country. Owing allegience to the Senia Gharana, he has been extremely active in the performing circuit for over two decades.


Gyan Singh (Tabla, Dholak, Mridangam)

Gyan’s tabla playing reflects years of hardwork and dedication to his instrument under the tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalker. His contribution to the band goes beyond the technical abilities when he takes his tabla playing to a different level of versatility. Be it flamenco or jazz, Gyan fits the tabla as if it was meant for that genre of music. By the way, he has also played with ‘Parikrama’ for a decade or so prior to becoming a part of Mrigya.


Rajat Kakar (Drums)

Rajat can put any speed metal drummer to shame with his sheer power and speed. Incidentally, Rajat comes from a school of jazz rock fusion playing imbibed from his guru, Ranjit Barot. He too is one of the key members of the band and has worked his socks off to reach the level of drumming and percussion.


Sacchin Kapoor (Keyboards, vocals)

Sacchin, very interestingly comes from a pop-rock background, who has over the years evolved as a serious piano player. He has this huge musical ability to add some magic into any form of music, be it Jazz, Indian classical, funk or rock. His lush chordal work and tripping solos are something you should really lend your ears too.


Indraneel Hariharan (Bass, Vocals)

A huge fan of funk, Jazz and hip-hop, who has the tendency to jam with the tabalchi at the slightest excuse. Neel was exposed to Indian classical and Carnatic music at a very early age which helped him play odd time signatures with relative ease.


Karan Sharma (Guitars)

The newest member of the band Karan Sharma joined Mrigya over two years ago. He is a huge fan of rock, who effortlessly merges his playing style to suit any genre.


Sukriti Sen (Hindustani Vocals)

Sukriti is an Indian classical vocalist who has over the years lent her voice to countless jingles and classical performances. Sukriti adds her own interpretations of vocal techniques which adds magic to any composition.

She has performed across the world and is now a seasoned vocalist to boot. She also toured with Pete Lockett (the renowned percussionist) in India along with V. Selva Ganesh (Shakti & McLaughlin).


Ghulam Qadir Niyazi (Sufi Vocals)

Qadir Bhai, as he is affectionately known is the qawwal of the band; has a qawwali group of his own but he enjoys Sufi fusion equally.



Ozone Band

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 13th October, 2009

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls

The definition of fusion music Ozone is a fusion band based in New Delhi – India, which contain pure classical music from Indian culture and just a fragrance of western music in it. We borrow our name as ozone means O (our) ZONE (any encircling or belt like structure).

Since the group was formed, in 2007, ozone has steadily grown to become one of the most respected acts on the Indian music scene. Our sound is a mélange of the styles, moods and textures we have taken in from different cultures and different music systems of the world. Ozone is inspired by the famous band called ‘SHAKTI’.

The music of this band is deeply inspired by the famous band of living legends ‘SHAKTI ’. In our own way, they attempt to dissolve into the world they perceive, and discover music that resonates around us.

Many great musicians, especially in the Indian Classical arena, speak of the pursuit of that incredible moment during performance when the musician becomes the music and forgets his own identity.

In Ozone’s compositions you will find the mixture of ragas (from Indian classical traditional music) with combination of western music together.
Ozone played in many prestigious festivals in India as well in abroad like in karia music festival (Japan), Namastey India festival Tokyo (Japan). Etc


1. Azeem Ahmed (Sitar)
2. Danish Ali (Violin)
3. Fareed Hasan (Vocals)
4. Tridib Choudry (Guitar)
5. Sourabh (Bass Guitar)
6. Abhishek Pandit (Key Board and effects)
7. Hafeez Ahmed (Tabla)
8. Mohit (Drums)
9. Mohd Amjad Khan (Percussions)



Band: Sarangi Funk

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 10th October

Venue: DLF Malls

Time: 5 p.m.

“Sarangi Funk is a bold & innovative attempt to introduce and exhibit the untapped aspect of Sarangi. The band has a heady mix of Jazz, Folk, Western as well as other cross-cultural influences, where Sarangi gets funky and energised bringing out the vivacious and vibrant avatar of the instrument.

Gifted with unquestionable qualities of sound, tenor and innumerable variations Sarangi has exceptional adaptability to suit any genre of music. It covers the entire gamut of classical like Dhrupad, Dhammar, Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Tappa,Tirivat, Tarana, light classical e.g., Bhajan, Ghazal, folk songs, film songs. Of late Sarangi has even dared to venture into Jazz, contemporary and new age music and very emphatically made its mark to everybody’s astonishment and liking.

Sarangi is the only instrument that is most complete, closest to human voice and the only one that is played by the cuticles (the most sensitive part of the finger nails). Its virtuosity lies even in the fact that it is equally proficient as a solo and an accompanying instrument to vocal performers.

The myth that Sarangi is used just to emote musically sad tones, unfortunately has stuck to it. In fact this is just one of its aspects, which coincidentally has been exposed too much to the public’s ear as a result of which its ability to express moods of happiness, vibrant energy, music to dance etc has unfortunately never been exploited to the full.”
Shanti Band

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 10th October, 2009

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls

The word ‘Shanti’ means ‘peace’ in Sanskrit. A state of utter bliss, a beautiful painting, a splendid musical composition or fine sculptures are incomplete if they fail to instill a sense of perfect bliss in the connoisseur. Bliss is the ultimate goal of the universe; it is a moment of peace… a moment of Shanti. It is also a moment when diverse streams of music blend to form World Music comprising Hindustani Classical Music, Folk Music and Western Classical Music.


Shanti is a Fusion Band formed and composed by highly gifted musicians. It was formed with the sole intention of exploring musical boundaries of the world. The Band incorporates string instruments like sitar and percussion instruments like the tabla. Besides this it also brings to the fore the strains of saxophone, the magic of keyboards, the amazing rhythm of the acoustic drums, the lilting flute, vocal support, bass guitar and unique Goan percussion instrument – the “Ghumat”.


Band Members:

Yograj – Sitar

Vishnu – Keyboards

Mayuresh – Tabla

Irshad – Saxaphone

Sadik – Acoustic Drums

Sergei – Bass Guitar


A young musicians Yograj hails from Goa and is the disciple of renowned Sitarist from Itwa Gharana Ustad Shahid Parvez. Under his able guidance Yograj blossomed into a matured and seasoned Sitarist. Yograj’s style is a perfect blend of gayaki and laykari and is his USP. Today, he is looked upon as a true representative of Itwa Gharana. He was born in the family of musicians. His grandmother Pirozbai was the disciple of legendary maestro of the Agra gharana Ustad Nanhe Khan.



Artist: Sonam Kalra

Segment: Bands Festival

Date: 13th October

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: DLF Malls


Sonam Kalra, a student of the renowned classical singer Shubha Mudgal, has also studied varied genres of Western music including classical opera and gospel under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Young and gospel singer Ashley Clement in Singapore. She has recently performed to full houses in Delhi, at the India Habitat Centre, the India International Centre, The Epicentre in Gurgaon and The Orange Ball on the occasion of the Dutch National Day and at Live where her concerts have been a great success.


She has also done fund-raiser shows for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, Ritinjali and the Salaam Balak Trust as well a fusion Concert for Peace at the Satya Sai Auditorium. She will be performing later this year at The Garden of Five Senses, Delhi, The Amphitheatre Neemrana and in Jaipur. Accompanying Sonam in this concert is Alex Fernandes, an accomplished pianist who has played with several international vocalists and instrumentalists over the last twenty five years. Alex is known for his agility on the piano and a unique style. He has numerous solo shows to his credit and has performed in prestigious music festivals all over the country.


Sonam Kalra will also be performing in the Choirs Section of the Delhi International Arts Festival on 7th October, 6.30 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of the Redemption.



Status 4

Segment: Bands Festival

Dates: 12th October, 2009

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue(s): DLF Malls


If you want to listen to traditional Portuguese music where do you go? To the place where Status 4 is performing! Status 4 is one of the leading bands of South Goa. Having a vast experience of over 20 years in the Goan music industry, Status 4 has created a unique niche for themselves. Their specialization being the different languages they can perform in. Right from the local favorite Konkani to foreign languages like English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. They are recognized as the pioneers of Portuguese music in Goa so much so that they are an integral part of the Goan culture today.


Band Members

Dr. Allan Abreu – Keyboards

Abel Rodrigues – Bass

Richard Rodrigues – Rhythm

Glen Pinto – Drums

Sonia Shirsat – Vocals


SONIA SHIRSAT – is one of the most well-known musicians in Goa and the music fraternity. Known for her humble nature, Sonia also works as a lecturer at V. M Salgaoncar College of Law, Panjim, Goa. Her performance is a must for any event related to Portuguese music. She represents the FADO tradition in the sate. FADO stands deeply rooted in Goa especially among the people speaking Portuguese. Sonia Shirsat has even been sent to Portugal on Fundação Oriente scholarships to learn the Portuguese guitar and Fado singing. Get ready, you are in for a treat!

Segment: Choreography
Dates: 10th – 11th October; Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon
Segment: Choreography
Dates: 10th – 11th October; Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon

Priti Patel & Group

Aditi Mangaldas & Group


10th Oct- Priti Patel & Group

11th Oct- Aditi Mangaldas & Group


DIAF offers an interesting two day Choreographies at Epicentre, Gurgaon featuring Priti Patel and Group and Aditi Mangaldas with her group, well known artist personalities and famous all over the world for their choreographies. Most of the choreographies are a mixture of both traditional and contemporary work, and with live music.
The choreography proposed by Priti Patel for DIAF 2009 is based on vigorous Thang Ta Technique and the graceful Raas leela technique of the Manipuri Dance traditions called “The Throw of Dice”. It shows a new dimension of our lives on this Earth as though this world is a playground and we the players

It is choreography mainly based on ancient dance form with a modern mind to give it contemporary dimensions.


Aditi Mangaldas: Another exponent in choreography Aditi Mangaldas has had extensive training in the Indian classical dance form of kathak. Using the strength of this form she has attempted to carve out a contemporary vocabulary of her own.

She has performed in major cities of the world to critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the leading dancers in both the traditional and contemporary idiom. Besides solos, she has choreographed a number of group ensembles that have been both traditional and contemporary in nature. Her contemporary performances reflect the spirit of kathak and go beyond its form and content to create a new language. Each piece explores the past to create a new future. She studied under Smt. Kumudini Lakhia and Shri Birju Maharaj. She is the principal dancer and choreographer of the Drishtikon Dance Foundation – Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company.

13th October

Amaltas Basement Theatre, India Habitat Centre


“Cornucopia: A Vision of Gaia” by Canadian dancer Anne-Marie Gaston



Segment: International Multimedia Performance

Date: 13th October

Time: 7 pm

Artist(s): Anne Marie Gaston

Title: Cornucopia (a Vision of Gaia) Mixed Media (Dance Video, Myth, Text)

Venue: India Habitat Centre (Amaltas Basement Theatre)


The Delhi International Arts Festival (in collaboration of Canada Arts Council) presents Multimedia Performance by Anne Marie Gaston(Anjali). A new mixed media recital with video and images will be projected throughout the dance. And these images have been taken in remote parts of Canada and India.



Anjali (Anne-Marie Gaston), is a classically trained East Indian dancer, choreographer, teacher, lecturer and photographer. She has spent over twenty years in India, learning and performing Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Chhau and Mohiniattam.

Entry only by passes, check “Times of India” for more details


Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 14th October

Venue: Purana Qila

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Hariharan


The son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H.A.S. Mani (full name:Anantha Subramani Iyer), Hariharan inherited his parents’ musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan’s first guru (mentor). From here he picked up Carnatic music skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in nine hours of singing practice everyday. The committed Hariharan also put heart and soul into learning Urdu when he decided to become a ghazal singer. He has perfected his Urdu diction to such standards that even his audiences in Lucknow, the heartland of the language, have been wowed over.


In 1977, Hariharan bagged the top prize in the All-India Sur Singaar competition and was promptly signed on by the late music director Jaidev to sing for the Hindi film Gaman. His debut song “Ajeeb Saaneha Mujh Par Guzar Gaya Yaaron” in that movie became such a hit that it won Hariharan an Uttar Pradesh state award, as well as a Best Singer National Award nomination, and Hariharan’s playback singing career took off.


At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and also performed on TV. He sang for a number of TV serials (e.g., Junoon). In addition, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan’s first ghazal albums was “Abshaar-e-Ghazal” with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was “Gulfam”, which not only hit double platinum in sales but also fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994.


Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R. Rahman with the patriotic song “Thamizha Thamizha” in Maniratnam’s film Roja. He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition of the song “Uyire Uyire” also by music director A.R Rahman in Maniratnam’s Bombay (Hariharan sang the song with K.S. Chitra). Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singer of A R Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Roja, Muthu, Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Mudhalvan, Taal, Bombay, Rangeela, Indira, Iruvar, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal, Guru etc. In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer for the soulful rendition of the song “mere dushman mere bhai” from the Hindi movie Border, composed by Anu Malik.

He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs which is his highest in his career.



The Wadali Brothers (Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali) are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru ki Wadali in the Amritsar District inPunjab, India. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers. While Puranchand Wadali, the elder brother, was a regular in an akhara (wresting house) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meager family income by playing the role of Krishna in the village rasleela.


The Wadali Brothers sing in the gurbani, kaafi, ghazal and bhajan genres of music. They live in their ancestral house in Guru ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge their disciples, and lead a very simple life devoted to the divine one.


They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves as a medium through which the preaching of great saints is passed on to others. They have never indulged commercially, and they have only a handful of recordings to their name (mostly from live concerts). They believe in singing freely as homage to the divine one. They do not feel very comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music, and stress on Alap and Taans. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing unreservedly, in a free atmosphere.


Recently they stepped into the world of Bollywood music, rendering music director and writer Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in their unique style in the film Pinjar. Also on the cards is a documentary which the Discovery Channel is planning to make on them.



Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1991.

Tulsi Award, 1998.

Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2003.

Puranchand Wadali was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Govt of India, 2005.


Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 10th October

Venue: 15th August Park, Red Fort

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Sonu Nigam


Sonu Nigam is a highly acclaimed Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi, Telugu and Kannada movies. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films. He has changed the spelling of his last name from ‘Nigam’ to ‘Niigaam’ in accordance with numerology.


Sonu has become a major force in the Indian music industry. He has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. His rendition of the title song of the film Kal Ho Na Ho has been highly popular and is considered a modern legend of sorts. He is recognised for his versatile voice as well as excellent emotion range. Sonu has sung with clear pronunciations, in many languages besides Hindi, including Bengali, Oriya, Kannada, Punjabi,Tamil, Telugu, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali and Marathi. He remains particularly popular in Southern India for his Kannada songs and has won a few awards in this particular industry.His Kannada album called Neene Bari Neene released all over in 2009.


His 2008 playback songs include songs from Yuvvraaj and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In the latter, he pays tribute to Bollywood actors of the past like Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand and Rishi Kapoor. The song is in a Shahrukh Khan film and the music direction is by Salim-Sulaiman.



Segment: DIAF Heritage Series festival

Dates: 11th October

Venue: Town Hall, Chandni Chowk

Time: 7 30 p.m.

Name of the artist: Talat Aziz


Early years

Sanjeev Kohli, son of Madan Mohan, discovered Talat Aziz. The ghazal legend Jagjit Singh also has composed his first album; which was phenomenal success when Talat Aziz came to the ghazal scene. Music India then decided to experiment Talat on his own – to see whether he was good enough on his own or whether Jagjit’s name had contributed to the success of the album. But even his second album and subsequent releases did extremely well. The rest is history



Talat Aziz’s true inspiration in ghazal singing is Mehdi Hassan saheb. According to Talat he brought a revolution to ghazal singing with his unique style of blending classical ragas with ghazals.


Talat Aziz is a thorough professional who expresses his poetic verses with great precision collaborating feelings of love, romance and calamity moulded authentically in a ghazal format. Talat Aziz is truly the most versatile legends in the world of ghazal singing.


He believes that the most important thing about a ghazal is the mood it weaves with the help of sensitive lyrics, deliberately underplayed music and rich, soothing tones of the singer. A ghazal is meant to be heard at sunset; the time to recuperate from the day’s strains or the time to resurrect and as is usual relish forgotton pains.



Entry only by passes, check “Times of India” for more details

Delhi International Arts Festival
3rd -14th October 2009

Theatre Festival 3rd & 4th October 7pm


India Islamic Cultural Centre

  • 3rd October- ” Ek Mamuli Aadmi” by Asmita
  • 4th October- “Katha Kahani” by Rang Saptak


Epicentre Gurgaon

  • 3rd October- ” Khutoot-e-Ghalib” by Behroop
  • 4th October- ” Zawal-e-Azeem” by Sansaptak


15 Minute Fringe Festival 3rd October 7pm

Sri Ram Centre


Exhibition of “Young Polish Print – Ways of Imagination” 3rd– 14th October Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Janpath


Inauguration at 6pm on 3rd October; 11am – 5 pm on all days


Akira Kurosawa Film Festival 3rd– 4th October Siri Fort III

Inauguration at 3 pm on 3rd October. Key note address by award-winning film director, Priyadarshan followed by screening of “Rashomon”


Simultaneous Event


Artistic Voices from India and the Commonwealth Countries 4th-7th October Kamani Auditorium

Inauguration 4th 6.30 pm

  • India: “Vande Matram” featuring RK Singhajit Singh and Charu Sija Mathur / Manipuri

Jayarama Rao & Vanashree Rao / Kuchipudi

Evoor Rajendran Pillai / Kathakali

Ranjana Gauhar / Odissi

Jaya Prabha Menon / Mohiniattam

Prathibha Prahlad / Bharatanatyam

  • Aruna Sairam / Carnatic Vocal
    Sarathi Chatterjee / Hindustani Vocal
    Anita Singhvi / Ghazal & Sufi
    Artistes Unlimited / Western Music Choir
    Kalakaar Trust / Folk & Street Arts
  • 5th October7 p.m. Sri Lanka: Dance performances by Chitrasena Dance Company from Sri Lanka
  • 6th October: 7 p.m. – Australia: Classical Guitar by Grigoryan Brothers – Slava and Leonard, Australia’s foremost guitar duo
  • 7th October: 7 p.m. – Malta: Concert by NAFRA ensemblethat blends the sound of traditional Maltese instruments, (especially the Maltese bagpipe: iz-Zaqq), playing them with the rigour of the classical.


Indian Classical Dance Festival 4th– 6th October 7 pm

Sri Ram Centre

  • 4th– Bimbavati Devi & Tanushree Das / Manipuri duet

Urmila Satyanarayan / Bharatanatyam Solo

Kalashram / Kathak group

  • 5th– Vidha & Abhimanyu Lal / Kathak duet

Vyjayanthi Kashi / Kuchipudi

Roja Kanan, Priya Murle & N. Shreekant & Group / Bharathi in

Bhartatham- Bharatnatyam Group)

  • 6th Mandakini Trivedi & Miti Desai / Mohiniattam duet

Dr. Malabika Mitra / Kathak

Orissa Dance Akademi / Odissi Group

Choirs 4th October & 7th October Sacred Heart Cathedral & The Cathedral Church of the Redemption


  • 4th 7.30 pm “Capital City Minstrels & Mozart Children’s Choir”
  • 7th– 7 pm “Evening of Christian Spiritual Music”

Sonam Kalra (Soloist) & Artistes Unlimited Choir

An Open House tour of the National Archives for school children 5th– 9th October National Archives, Janpath

9:30 am

Sacred Music5th OctoberStein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

7 pm

Aruna Sairam -“A Sacred Journey Through India: Compositions of Different Bhakti Poets”

Bhai Baldeep Singh – “Gurbani in the Medieval Dhrupad Style”


Western Classical Music 6th October Auditorium of the Baha’I’ House of Worship


Youth Festival 6th-7th October Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre

7 pm

  • 6th – Salil Bhatt & Ankit Bhatt / Satwik Veena & Sitar

Azeem Ahmed Alvi / Sitar

Richa Jain / Kathak

Meenu Thakur / Kuchipudi

S.U.N.A.I.N.A / Dance Choreography


  • 7th – Mansi Prasad / Carnatic vocal

Rajat Prasanna & Sohail Sabri / Flute & Sarangi

Students of Smt. Kanaka Srinivasan / Bharatnatyam

Suryanarayan / Kuchipudi

  1. Anuradha Singh / Kathak group


Aswan Folklore Troupe from Egypt 7th OctoberJamia Millia Islamia

4.30 pm

Simultaneous Event


“All of Us” – Photography exhibition from Australia
7th October onwards 
National Museum Programme subject to confirmation
Folk Dances from India 7th– 9th

  • 7th DLF PLACE , Saket 7pm
  • 8th Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, 4pm
  • 9th DLF PLACE , Saket 7pm
The Jammu & Kashmir Festival 7th-9th October

  • 7th Sri Ram Centre 7pm
  • 8th DLF PLACE , Saket 7pm
  • 9th Jamia Millia Islamia
Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition curated by Naresh Kapuria 8th October onwards Art Junction, The Lalit

11am – 8pm

Indian Classical Music Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre 8th-10th October


  • 8th – Smt. Sumitra Guha / Hindustani Vocal

Vishwamohan Bhat & Mysore M. Manjunath / Mohan Veena – Violin duet

  • 9th – Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar / Hindustani Dhrupad
  1. Raghuraman, Shubhendra Rao & Saskia Rao Haas / Flute, Sitar & Cello trio
  • 10th – O.S. Arun / Carnatic Vocal

Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan & Akram Khan, Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam & Sairam Sundaram / Tabla & Mridangam quartet

Contemporary Theatre Festival 8th-11th October Sri Ram Centre



  • 8th– “Enixar Bhromoranga” (Assamese) presented by Seagull Theatre Assam


  • 9th – Kao-Kei (The Bull & Tiger- Moirang Parva) (Manipuri) presented by The Imphal Theatre, Manipur


  • 10th – “Ratnakar Aadi” (Assamese) presented by Sibsagar Natya Samaj, Assam


  • 11th- “Nepatthya Raag” (Hindi) presented by Kshitij, Delhi


Sufi Festival 9th-11th October Ashok Amphitheatre, Ashok Hotel


  • 9th Manpreet Akhtar
  • 10th Hans Raj Hans
  • 11th Zila Khan
“Words and the World” – Literary Event 10th October The Park Hotel


DIAF Heritage Festival In exclusive association with Times of India 10th, 11th & 14th



  • 10th– 15th August Park, Red Fort – Sonu Nigam
  • 11th– Town Hall, Chandni Chowk – Ghazals by Talat Aziz & Wadali Brothers
  • 14th – Purana Qila- Hariharan


Bands Festival 10th – 13th October DLF PROMENADE , Vasant Kunj

5 pm on 10th & 11th

7pm on 12th & 13th


  • 10th October
    • SARANGI FUNK: is a bold & innovative attempt to introduce and exhibit the untapped aspect of Sarangi.
    • SHANTI – (Sitar based Fusion Band / 9 members.) Shanti is a fusion band that has originated from Goa
    • MRIGYA – Delhi’s best known band that performs music sans frontiers, to rousing cheers from its audiences


  • 11th October
    • IMPROMPTU: An international Jazz band – classical, opera, jazz, the blues, Broadway and popular music.
    • JAZZ JUNCTION – (LATIN jazz set up / 6 members. Jazz Junction. The band which carries the LATIN influences of Goa to another level.


  • 12th October
    • M OCTAVE- Three member pop band popular among the youth circuit.
    • STATUS 4 is one of the leading bands of Goa that sings in different languages. Having a vast experience of over 20 years, Status 4 has created a niche for themselves.


  • 13th October
    • SONAM KALRA- Solo
    • OZONE- Indian Classical musicians come together to form a band with a whiff of western tones.
    • MANTHAN- the Sufi Rock band
Choreography Festival 10th – 11th October Epicentre, Gurgaon


  • 10th – Anjika Centre for Manipuri Dance & Movement Therapy
    Choreographer: Priti Patel
  • 11th – Drishtikon Dance Foundation
    Choreographer: Aditi Mangaldas & group


Canadian Sports Film Festival 10th – 12th October Siri Fort Auditorium II & III


  • 10th – Inauguration by the High Commissioner of Canada H.E. Joseph Caron at 6.45pm followed by screening of “Men with Brooms”


Bimal Roy Centenary Film Festival 10th -14th October Siri Fort Auditorium II


  • 10th – Inauguration at 11 am followed by screening of “Bandini”


Children’s Film Festival by Walt Disney 12th – 14th October Siri Fort II

9 am & 11.30 am


International Multimedia Performance 13th October Amaltas, India Habitat Centre


“Cornucopia: A Vision of Gaia” by Canadian dancer Anne-Marie Gaston


Classical Western Music 14th October Kamani Auditorium


Concert by Bertha Rojas, Guitarist from Paraguay