Nights and Serenades: Udaipur World Music Festival

Nights and Serenades: Udaipur World Music Festival

Upamanyu Raju

Environmentalist, traveller, entrepreneur and dreamer. Living life through the lens of a camera, Upamanyu wants the world to be a better place for everyone.
March 4, 2016

He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.

Robert Browning

Music has the ability to make the lonely feel loved and the loved feel cherished. One such cherished moment for me was attending India's very first World Music Festival, held over the Valentine's weekend this year in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

As if the idea of Valentine's in Udaipur wasn't romantic enough, the festival added to its charm. It brought together over 100 global artists and ensembles from more than 12 countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Ghana, Venezuela, as well as India.

Udaipur World Music Festival
Portuguese singer Maria do Carmo Carvalho Rebelo de Andrade, better known as Carminho


Saskia Rao-de Haas
Cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas enchanting the audience


José María
Spanish guitarist and composer José María Gallardo del Rey


The music festival was a citywide, multi-venue event that showcased several genres of music, and celebrated its spirit in various dance performances. As music touched souls, cheers from the crowds motivated the performers. In an age where most people follow pop music, it was a welcome change to see so many music lovers come out to enjoy the beats of classical, regional, Sufi and various other types of genres.

Singer Sonam Kalra
Singer Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project


Juanma Zurano and Tamara, Paso A Dos
Flamenco performance by Juanma Zurano and Tamara, Paso A Dos


Raghu Dixit
Raghu Dixit mesmerising music lovers with his popular tracks


Apart from being a platform that brought together artists from across the globe, a significant aspect of the Udaipur World Music Festival was that it marked the successful completion of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Spain and India.

The World Music Festival was a truly enriching experience. I got a chance to witness some of the most beautiful performances I've ever seen, and also become part of this wonderful initiative of bringing people closer through the magic of music.


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