World music band and poets from India and Wales to partner

Tuesday 09th January 2018 13:59 EST

Khamira, a new World music band from Wales and India will be touring cities across India in January 2018. Khamira's music is a unique combination of Welsh folk tunes, Indian Classical music, jazz and rock and perform in several major Indian cities across the country; Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa.

The Welsh musicians in Khamira are well known as members of ground-breaking jazz/folk outfit Burum, and Khamira (meaning 'yeast' in Hindi) was created after Burum toured India in 2014.

Khamira were chosen to receive funding from the India Wales Fund, a joint scheme between the British Council and Wales Arts International which aims to help build relationships between Wales and India and is a part of the UK/India 2017 cultural season.

On the other hand, ten poets from India and Wales are taking part in an exchange organised by Literature Across Frontiers and partners in India as part of the UK India Year of Culture.

The collaborative project has brought them together to explore each other’s home location and create new work in six languages during a series of residencies in both countries. Alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian metropolises and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns and rural locations, the project literally spans the two countries from Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala to Shillong in the North-East, and from Bangor in North Wales to Swansea on the south coast.

In January 2018, the poets will tour literary festivals across India with performances, debates and workshops at Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, The Hindu Lit for Life Festival in Chennai, Hyderabad Literary Festival, ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival, and Jaipur Book Mark, Kolkata Literary Meet and venues in Delhi. Five books with new work by each pair of poets is being published by the Mumbai- based Poetrywala. 

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