Womadelaide’s Indian lineup this year

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

20th Anniversary of WOMADelaide has an impressive Indian line up. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on Santoor, Shantala Shivalingappa in Kuchipudi, Parvyn Kaur Singh of Bombay Royale Music Group singing nostalgic Bollywood numbers from the 60s and the 70s and Chris Finnen, a guitar virtuoso, whose music has an Indian influence.

Womadelaide is Australia’s most exciting outdoor festival of music, arts and dance which will showcase final 20 groups for its exceptional 20th anniversary festival program.

West African superstar Baaba Maal, forms the most extraordinary line-up for the four day festival to be held in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park from Friday 9 – Monday 12 March. Festival Director Ian Scobie has said that Baaba Maal’s return to the festival after an absence of 13 years will be a definite highlight of the weekend.

“We are privileged to have an artist of the caliber of Baaba Maal doing an exclusive Australian performance on Monday 12 March at WOMADelaide,“ he said.

With 16 studio albums under his belt, Baaba Maal has become a musical force, not only within West Africa but the world over.   Renowned for his exhilarating live performances and willingness to experiment with different musical traditions, he has performed everywhere from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury and the Live Earth Concert in Johannesburg.

The Indian lineup will present:


Shivkumar Sharma – India

Shivkumar Sharma has reinterpreted the role of the santoor, a 100-string hammered dulcimer, from its Kashmir folk origins into a distinctive Indian classical instrument. Accompanied by heralded tabla master Yogesh Samsi and Takahiro Arai on tanpura, the long-necked lute, Shivkumar strikes the perfect balance between melody and rhythm.

SPIRIT of INDIA: By arrangement with the Nataraj Cultural Centre with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

For Sydney audience Pandit Shivkumar Sharma will perform at Seymore Centre on March 22(Tickets 02 9351 7940). For Brisbane Shivkumar Sharma will perform on March 19 at Brisbane QLD Conservatorium Theatre and in Melbourne on March 21 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Performances in Womadelaide:

Friday March 9, 7.15 ”“ 8.15 pm, Speakers Corner

Sunday March 11, 8.30-9.45pm. Moreton Bay Stage


Shantala Shivalingappa – India

Shantala Shivalingappa

Born in Madras and raised in Paris, Shantala started dancing at 13, working with such greats as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas and Pina Bausch. Inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam, Shantala has dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, a classical South Indian form that combines abstract pure dance with expressive dance in a vibrant and extremely intricate style

Performances in Womadelaide:

Saturday March 10, 9-10pm, Stage 2

Sunday March 11, 5-6pm, Zoo Stage – Workshop

The Bombay Royale (Australia)

Parvyn Kaur Singh

Funky, bizarre and mysterious music from 1960s and 1970s Bollywood soundtracks has been revived by The Bombay Royale. Fronted by Parvyn Singh and Shourov Bhattacharya, who sing largely in Hindi, the band features key members of leading Melbourne groups including LABJACD, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, San Lazaro, Mr Savona and Vulgargrad.

Performances in Womadelaide:

Saturday March 10, 1-2pm, Stage 2

Sunday March 11, 5-6pm, Stage 6 (Workshop)

Monday March 12, 6-7pm (Speakers Corner)

Chris Finnen (Australia)

Chris Finnen

The raw honesty of the blues courses through Chris Finnen’s music. A guitar virtuoso, Chris has been an icon of Adelaide’s music scene for 40 years. His original blues songwriting always exhibits a wry humour and embraces a startling tapestry of cultural influences, from Indian and  Celtic traditions to African flavours.

Performance in Womadelaide:

Sunday March 11, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Stage 3 – ST3


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