The second edition of the Mahindra Kabira Festival, to be held between 10 – 12 November once again in Varanasi, a city unparalleled for its unique ambience, flavour, soul and history and the birthplace of mystic-poet saint Kabir, will inspire an experience of intangible beauty and musical intensity.
Taking off from the memorable inaugural edition, this year too the festival celebrates the spirit of Kabir and the glorious simplicity of his philosophy and the lyrical aspect of his teachings with a rich, fulfilling two-day musical programme amid the omniscient Ganga twinkling with a thousand lights, ghats bedecked and tinselled for the occasion, pealing temple bells and the call of an ancient city.
This year earthy and powerful notes from the likes of the incomparable Kailash Kher and Shubha Mudgal will wash over you as the evening makes its gentle way. The popular – and low profile - Panditji - will preside over a session of classical music, and equipped with the natural essences of ittr, he will craft a unique mix of the perfume based on the raag being sung by the performing musician.
Thus, at the second Mahindra Kabira, embrace the “Kabir” way of life: soak in the music in our Morning and Evening Programmes, walk the winding alleys feeling the beat of history as you go to the weavers’ gullies and see the stupendous detailing in age-old looms, taste delectable street food in our curated heritage walks, attend the MKF gala reception, slip into a reverie at our afternoon literature sessions, take pre-organised boat rides on little-known routes on the meandering Ganga. Savour the splendid medley of food, ambience and ardour to complete the sumptuous scale of this experience.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities.
It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 200,000 people across 100 countries.
The Mahindra Group, over the years, through its products and services, a deep sense of corporate responsibility and programmes in cultural outreach, has enabled positive change in individuals and communities globally. Mahindra “Rise” is holding a mirror to our organization and articulating what we stand for. Cultural outreach is about connecting with the communities we serve through specially created programmes in the space of Art and Culture. Cultural Outreach is also about sparking conversations across different cultures through the vantage of a large global federation of companies. Our cultural outreach programmes are not mere sponsorships. Each initiative has a strategic purpose and creates a positive impact both for our brand as also for the art form we support.
Each of these initiatives brings us closer to our stakeholders and helps strengthen our shared values. Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) has been momentous for several reasons. We are proud to have presented over 100 theatrical masterpieces from all over India in the national capital. Unknown theatre companies have presented on the same stage as well known ones. Learning and appreciation has been unilateral.
A nomination for META is an honour, proudly flaunted by participants at subsequent enactments in their hometowns or elsewhere. Actors, directors, script writers and others in the theatre world feel a sense of having “made it” on being nominated for META. In a span of a week the audiences get a panoramic glimpse of the best of theatre from across the country. The META Awards are the only national level recognition in the field of Theatre. This is what we had set out to achieve. www.metawards.com The Mahindra Blues Festival held at the iconic Mehboob Studios is the biggest Blues Festival in India.
Over the years it has hosted legends like Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Walter Trout, Robert Randolf, Jonny Lang, Matt Scohfield, Popa Chubby, Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovich, Dana Fuchs, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Jimmy Thackery. This festival celebrates the culture and tradition of the Blues which originated in the Mississippi Delta and gives the Mahindra brand a unique connect with the tractor customers of that region. www.mahindrablues.com The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival is aimed to bring back Lucknowi tehzeeb. Organised around a fair involving master craftsmen from the regions, the festival, has transformed into a celebration of craft, music, dance, cuisine and heritage.
Spanning over 5 days, the festival enjoys the patronage of Lucknow families and families from surrounding towns and cities as well. Notable performances have included the likes of Shanti Hiranand, Shubha Mudgal, Indian Ocean, Dastan Goi, Parvathy Baul and Shruti Sadolikar. Held at the beautiful Baradari, a building specially created for culture by the last Nawab of Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah, the intimate ambience lends itself wonderfully to relearn and appreciate the nuances of old world Nawaabi culture. The newest addition this year is the Mahindra Kabira Festival to be held in Varanasi in November. Aimed to celebrate the secular teachings of the Poet Saint Kabir, the festival hopes to be a beacon of love and hope in the Poet’s place of birth while reflecting the deeply rooted values of Equality and Dignity for all espoused by our Founders.
The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork believe in love and respect for the artist.
For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities.
Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, the Indo Africa Summit in Delhi and many more.
Teamwork Arts’ musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world and has had sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.
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