Four days, three stages and more than 30 acts promise the ideal combination of the comforts of a vacation immersed in music, arts & crafts
In the heart of Rajasthan, lies the majestic Mandawa, a quaint Shekhawati town adorned with frescoes, tales and bearings of a regal era gone by. Known for its forts and havelis, this picturesque town provides travellers and visitors with a sense of discovery at every turn. Not a bad place to kick-start your year then, right in the lap of Shekhawati royalty with Taalbelia, a four-day long multi-format festival to be held between January 26-29, 2017.
Four days, three stages and more than 30 acts promise the ideal combination of the comforts of a vacation immersed in music, arts & crafts, along with adventure, royal hospitality and gastronomic delights, unique to the belt.
Adventure laden activities, safaris, workshops and of course the music throughout the day revs up your spirits to take on the night as a new enigmatic and moving musical experience sets you up and the energy of EDM & underground music takes your spirits higher. From the heights of a royal castle, through the surface of an oasis, to a stroll into the desert, Taalbelia will take you on a journey at every step…
Scrumptious Shekhwati cuisine
Taalbelia’s Gourmet Fiesta will be home to food-lovers who wish to indulge in unique cuisine and authentic delicacies of Shekhawati and the region does boast of an array of fine culinary delights such as seasonal specials based on gram flour, dry vegetables, bajra and corn, hot raab (local soup) along with traditional favourites such as Kaachri Ki Lunji, pyaazki sabzi, gatta, pithod variations and of course the popular non-vegetation Shekhawati dishes which find a unique footing, in Rajasthani delicacies. The menu however isn’t restricted to just Rajasthani/ Shwkhawati wonders, extending itself to world cuisines such as Middle Asian, Mangolian and Mexican specialities.
The music gigs boasts of specially curated sets featuring the likes of Indian Ocean with Grammy Award winning stalwarts such as Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and George Brooks (American saxophonist known for combining jazz and Indian classical music), Manganiyar Classroom by Roysten Abel, Ankur & Ghalat Family, Arambola, Arjun Vagale, Grain (DJ Set), Bhanwari Devi, Rapper Divine, Dualist Inquiry, Ghazi Khan & Anwar Khan Manganiyar, Nicholson, Parvaaz, Prateek Kuhad, Prem Joshua, Rajasthan Josh Group, Reggae Rajahs, Ritviz DJ Producer, Shadow & Light, Sid Vashi, Soulmate, Sound Avatar, When Chai Met Toast along with Sumitra (Meera bhajans) and Sunita Amin (drupad) who will be featured in the early morning sessions.
Special collaborations are also a part of the billing at Taalbelia, such as the Shillong-based blues act Soulmate featuring the talented Anwar Khan (Manganiyar) among others, to be announced shortly.
Taalbelia’s Pro-Life exquisite Workshops have a distinctive set of interactive sessions: stand behind the console jamming with the DJs, learn to play the Morchang, understand the rhythm of the khartaal, polish your shooting skills or potter around the potter’s wheel, get familiar with the beautiful horses at the royal stables. There’s also a crash course that teaches you to make the unique and signature Rajasthani Lac bangles and the options of sand surfing and dirt biking.
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