Evening Performances

Mir Mukhtiyar Ali

While Mukhtiyar Ali’s music is rooted in the Sufi tradition, he fearlessly collaborates with versatile contemporary musicians, film directors and singers to give a new touch to the genre. He has also rendered his voice for songs for film music such as Finding Fanny, Ship of Theseus, Delhi ina Day, Bombay Summer, World of Goopi, and Bagha and Kadhai.
Mukhtiyar Ali crosses the boundaries of genre and cultures with ease. Along with Sufiyana Qalam, Kafi, Qawwali, Bhajans, Ghazals, and Kabir Vaani.

Naga Folk Performances

Alobo Naga from the Sumi tribe is Winner of 2012 Best Indian Act At MTV Europe Music Awards.An Artist, composer and a songwriter,he is one of the most popular & well-known artistes from North East India. He started expressing his passion for music at the tender of 5 and by the age of 12 years he began performing his original composition. He also writes music for films, serials etc. Alobo is also the front man for the band,”Alobo Naga & The Band (ANTB), an Indian rock outfit from Dimapur, Nagaland, formed in 2010. Since 2010, The band rose to fame in 2011 with their video single ‘Painted Dreams’ which was an instant hit; it premiered in August 2011 at VH1. The popularity of the video also helped the band to earn themselves MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 nominations for Best worldwide Best Act and winning the “Best Indian Act” award.
Manyang Kichu is a talented musician and vocalist from the Ao Tribe. He is a Grade 8 vocal graduate from Trinity College of London, who plays the guitar and teaches vocal and music theory at several music schools across Delhi and NCR.
Sepongla Sangtam is an upcoming young artist from the Sangtam tribe, Nagaland.
Tetseo Sisters the Naga songsters and siblings have spent their young lives in promoting the nearly forgotten music of the Chakhesang Naga tribe that they have inherited. Adorned in the traditional Naga garb, these cultural ambassadors of the North-East have been widely received and appreciated. They have appeared on countless stages, their audience ranging from school children in Delhi to head of states and music lovers around the country. They have been featured in numerous cultural events and are regulars at Music Festivals around the country including Hornbill Music Festival, Storm Festival, North East Festival, Music on the Mountains, Kalakshetra Foundation, The Handshake Concert, Cultures of Peace series, British Council Folk Nations, Royal Edinburgh Military tattoo, Kolkata String Festival, Ziro Festival of Music among others and hope to share their music on many more.


Manu Sikander Dhingra has been involved with theatre since 2003. He has acted in plays directed by Barry John, Habib Tanvir, Avijit Dutt, Rajinder Nath, Sanjeev Johri, N. Kumar and Rajeev Ashish. Manu has been performing Dastangoi with Mahmood Farooqui and team since 2009 and also acts as the team’s manager. He runs the theatre production house “The Hoshruba Repertory” with actor and fellow dastango Danish Husain. When theatre is not occupying his time, Manu attends to his highly successful Dry Fruits enterprise Kabliwala’s in Delhi NCR.
Nadeem Shah has been a dastangoi performing artiste since 2010. The art form is an extension of Nadeem’s interest in medieval history, storytelling and Urdu literature. He teaches medieval Indian history to undergraduate students at Delhi University.
Dastan-e-Chouboli is a Rajasthani folk tale adapted by Vijay Dan Detha and subsequently adapted by Mahmood Farooqui for a Dastanic telling. The story is about a Rajasthani princess who has vowed to marry the person who makes her speak four times in a single night. A chauvinist Thakur takes up the challenge but fails like the 17 times 20 princes before him. Finally, it is left to Thakur's newly wedded wife to rescue everyone from this mess.
Directed by Mahmood Farooqui
Performed by Manu Sikander Dhingra & Nadeem Shah

Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah is a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, India. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan) and Thumri Dadra, and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin.
A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is the recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India for her project "Women on Record", a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers in the Gramophone era.