Qutbi Brothers are one of India’s most celebrated qawwali singers. They are the inheritors of a 750 year old tradition nurtured and developed over several generations by great luminaries. In their career spanning decades, they have mesmerised audience all over the world in several prestigious music festivals.
Ujwal Nagar is a Hindustani classical vocalist based in Delhi. He received his initial training in classical music from his mother, Guru Urmila Nagar, a renowned Kathak and Hindustani music exponent. He has also received intensive training from Lt. Ustad Bashir Ahmad Khan of Sikar and is also taking guidance from Pandit Sriram Umdekar and Pandit Somnath Mardur. He is a recipient of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Central Government Scholarship by Ministry of culture for his relentless pursuit for Hindustani classical music. Ujwal’s appealing voice texture and emotional inner connection while rendering ragas can be profoundly felt by listeners when he performs. His collaborative work with the group ‘Advaita’ as a lead classical singer has also been greatly appreciated by classical music connoisseurs as well as the world music listeners. As part of this Baithak series he will be performing a Hindustani classical solo set, exploring the world of Raagas through 'Khyal Gaayaki'.
Born into a family steeped in classical Indian music, Azeem Ahmed Alvi started learning music from his father, Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi from the age of six. He gave his first performance when he was twelve years old. Since then, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has performed at various prestigious music festivals in India and across the world including - Japan, Singapore, Germany, Vietnam, China, Austria, UK and many more. Known as one of the leading sitar players of the world, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, Electronica & Western Classical music. In 2012, he took his passion for traditional Indian music & sitar to a new level with the creation of his NGO, the Raag Mantra Music Foundation.