Historic melodies, mystic music and the romance of the river.
Omprakash Nayak hails from the Nayak community and brings in the distinct flavours of the ancient vaani tradition (songs of the mystics) of Bikaner in the desert regions of Rajasthan. Several generations of his family, both men and women, have been steeped in the tradition of singing 'sant vaani'. Om Prakashji can often be seen negotiating Bikaner’s narrow alleys with a tambura on his moped. Om Prakashji’s father, the Late Shri Kishnaramji, was a disciple of Sant Ladhuramji, a popular Nirgun saint in Rajasthan. Ladhunathji and his disciples still sing the bhajans of Kabir, Meera, Gorakhnath, Ladhunath, Achalram and other local saints. Omprakash grew up listening to and thereby learning from his father and grandfather. He performs with the tambura, dholak and the manjira and regularly records for radio shows.
The fourth edition of the Mahindra Kabira Festival, to be held between 16-18th November, will once more inspire an experience of intangible beauty and musical intensity. The idea behind Kabira is to feast one’s senses and spirit on the calm within the chaos of the world’s oldest city and feel that intangible “oneness amongst diversity” preached by Kabir, through the unrivalled power of music, literature and the arts.Play Video