Vancouver performance of Rajasthan Josh a true meeting of worlds

Published: July 3, 2013
Indian Summer Festival

Rajasthan Josh. Submitted photo.


To experience the true diversity of Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival, Rajasthan Josh’s Saturday performance is a must-see.

The band will perform their traditional Rajasthani music from northern India Saturday night at Simon Fraser University’s Fei and Milton Wong Theatre.

Their sound is deeply rooted in the desert folk traditions of northwestern India, with Sufi and Punjabi music coming to life through the mouth harp, flutes, kettle drums and vocals.

The festival’s tag line this year is “Where worlds meet.” And Rajasthan Josh’s performance is a perfect example of that.

“Their music is music of Gypsy traditions,” said festival organizer Sirish Rao. “They’ve got these amazing moustaches and turbans.”

And while they’re deeply rooted in those traditions, they’re able to cross platforms and collaborate across the globe.

“The Rajasthani musicians have worked with the Grateful Dead, they worked with Mick Jagger,” said Rao. “They’ve done everything from rock to electronica.”

And Saturday’s performance in Vancouver will be no different, as the group collaborates with local artists Tarun Nayar, from Celtic and Punjabi electronic band Delhi2Dublin, drummer Ashwin Sood and musician, producer, beatboxer Rup Sidhu.

“There’s going to be electronic music, there’s going to be live drums, there’s some beatboxing,” Nayar said of his upcoming performance. “There’s a very East Vancouver mix into what they’re doing, which is very traditional.”

“The world is a really varied place,” added Rao. “The more voices people hear, the more worlds open up for you.”

“It’s diversity across everything.”


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