File - The Kutle Khan Project.
CAIRO - 3 March 2020: The Kutle Khan Project will perform four concerts in Egypt on the sidelines of India by the Nile Festival that kicked off on March 3 and will continue to March 10.
The first concert on Wednesday, March 4 at Intercontinental Semiramis, the second on Thursday, March 5 at International School in Port Said, the third on Friday, March 6, at Family Park, New Cairo and the fourth on Sunday, March 8 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria.
Kutle Khan Project is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world.
Kutle embodies the rich melodic traditions of Rajasthani folk music and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions. Kutle received a GIMA AWARD in 2015 for his composition “Moomal”; he has been on Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged, and Sony Project Resound, and was recently honoured as the “Best Folk Singer of the Year” in 2019 by the Indian Icon Film Awards.
Apart from his many performances in India, he has travelled to 72 countries, touring with Midival Punditz, Papon, Karsh Kale, Ranjit Barot, Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Amit Trivedi & other reputed Indian artistes.
A vibrant cooperation between the Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts are producing a packed program every edition of India by the Nile Festival.
The eighth edition will be running from March 2 to March 10 showcasing multidisciplinary performances including puppet theatre, classical and contemporary music, visual arts, food, yoga, and dance across Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said.
The annual festival is supported by TCI Sanmar, the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in partnership with Indian Council for Culture Relations, the ministries of culture and tourism, Cairo Opera House, and Bibliotheca Alexandria. This year’s edition seeks to provide audiences with an extravagant cultural experience, supporting collaborations between India and Egypt.
The Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts present ‘India by the Nile’, a celebration of the essence of India through classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and sports in a medium, which perfectly amalgamates the contemporary with the classic.
Since the festival's inception in 2013, India and Egypt, natural allies with colourful cultural legacies, and with affinities towards the performing and visual arts, cuisine and objets d’art, have come together in wonderful artistic partnerships.
It is culture which weaves together bilateral relationships in the real sense of the terms – no dialogue is more effective and memorable that that which is based on the matrix of a country’s heritage, an integral part of its identity.
And it is dialogue which is proliferated through partnerships in art, that forms the building block for enduring future relationships.
The India by the Nile program, over the past six years has always been rich and eclectic with a wide canvas spanning street art, photography, folk music, yoga, craft, and empowerment of women.
Considered to be the largest foreign festival in Egypt, the festival has had the privilege of presenting renowned artistes such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shubha Mudgal, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr L. Subramaniam, Aditi Mangaldas amongst many others.