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Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery on 08th October 2022
Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery on 08th October 2022

Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery is thrilled to invite you to an evening of transportive music featuring the next generation of qawwali singers from the land of Gods: Rehmat-e-Nusrat and their alter ego - Kumaoni folk band HimaliMou - from Uttarakhand.

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Amarrass Nights - 28 MAY 2022
Amarrass Nights - 28 MAY 2022

Bhajans & Ballads to Beatboxing! 28th May 2022, 7-10pm Sunder Nagar Amphitheater Bagga Khan Barmer Boys

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New York Times on Lakha Khan
New York Times on Lakha Khan

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Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery on 08th October 2022
Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery on 08th October 2022

Amarrass Nights @ Sunder Nursery is thrilled to invite you to an evening of transportive music featuring the next generation of qawwali singers from the land of Gods: Rehmat-e-Nusrat and their alter ego - Kumaoni folk band HimaliMou - from Uttarakhand.

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AMARRASS NIGHTS on 8th OCT
 

8 OCT 2022 at SUNDER NURSERY in NEW DELHI, INDIA

Amarrass Nights at Sunder Nursery are back with the next season of monthly shows. We are thrilled to invite you to an evening of transportive music in the aptly named Sunder Nursery.

 

We kick off the season with sounds from the land of Gods, Uttarakhand. Featuring the next generation of qawwali singers Rehmat-e-Nusrat and their alter ego- Kumaoni folk band HimaliMou.

 

HimaliMou

'Pahaadi' or mountain folk music, from Haldwani in Uttarakhand, presented by members of the group Rehmat-e-Nusrat. Rarely heard outside the mountains, the band will showcase several different styles of music from the region, including Jhora, Chanchari, Chapeli, Nyoli and Chaiti (with the first three actually dance forms with accompanying music). Traditionally the music is performed to dance at important ceremonies, festivals and gatherings, with songs in Kumaouni, Garhwali, Nepali and Jaunfari. The sonorous melodies of the Bansuri (bamboo flute), rhythmic pulses of the Dholak, hand drums, claps and joyous shouts of exuberance from the singers infuse the performances with verve and raw energy. 

Their debut performance was at JLF 21.

 

Rehmat-e-Nusrat

Rehmat-e-Nusrat is a group of young musicians from the hills of Uttarakhand in Northern India who brings a fresh new perspective to the timeless tradition of qawwali music. The group presents Qawwalis by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sufiyana kalaams by the great poets Amir Khusrao, Meera Bai, Baba Bulleh Shah, ghazals, Kabir Bhajans, and original compositions. The group was formed in 2014 by lead vocalist and harmonium virtuoso Sarvjeet Tamta, who counts amongst his teachers, Ustadji Wadali Brothers from Amritsar, Ustadji Fakira Khan Saheb from Barmer, Rajasthan and Ustadji Padma Shri Anwar Khan Manganiyar. The group has performed at various college festivals around North India and introduced Sufi and qawwali music to new audiences in their state. Rehmat~e~Nusrat were signed to the label Amarrass Records in November 2019 and performed at the first Amarrass Nights at Sunder Nursery concert in January 2020. The pandemic has not dampened the band's enthusiasm, and they have performed pop-up concerts at Museo Camera Museum, Throttle Shrottle, and virtual concerts with Sacred Music Seattle, In2Wild Festival UK, Hothouse Chicago, FabIndia and others. "It is an aural punch in the gut, delivered with a velvet glove" - Sarthak Kaushik, Ishq 104.6FM.

Event Details:
 

Date: 8 Oct, 2022 (Saturday) [Earlier date 24 Sep cancelled due to rain]

Gates open at: 6:30 pm

Performance starts at: 7:15 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

TICKETS - AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery 8 OCT

Produced by Amarrass Records and Amarrass Society for Performing Arts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information at info@amarrass.com. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!

AMARRASS NIGHTS on JUNE 25th (POSTPONED)

25 JUNE 2022 at SUNDER NURSERY in NEW DELHI, INDIA

AmarrassNights is back after a fabulous start to the season. This June, we bring you a national treasure - Padma Shri Lakha Khan with a special evening of ragas and bhapang maestro and Jogi folk-poet Jumme Khan.

 

Padma Shri Lakha Khan, a living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi, is a national treasure, and a National award winner for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the 27-string sindhi sarangi. ​His music is truly secular and straddles both the classical and folk domains, with a vast songbook that incorporates Hindu bhajans (devotional songs), Sufi kalaams, popular Hindi tunes, and the ancient stories and oral histories of the region, spanning the western Indian sub-continent. He sings in over six languages including Hindi, Marwari, Sindhi, Punjabi and Multani. 

Jumme Khan epitomizes the spirit of Mewar – a veritable melting pot of culture, religion and polity – in the secularity of his subjects and themes. Accompanied by his band of musicians, he uses a combination of harmonium, chimta, dholak, and the single stringed bhapang – his instrument of choice – to retell stories – ancient, mythological as well as contemporary. Khan describes himself as a Shiv bhakt and a Muslim Jogi – both identities which he channels in his performances, which are as much sharp, honest observations on contemporary subjects ranging from dowry to the advent of technology, reminiscent of the Mewati way of life, as they are his means to preserve and encourage his audiences to engage with the long standing oral tradition of the improvisatory, communicative story-telling style of the Jogis.

AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery

Date: 25th JUNE, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (show starts at 7:30pm)

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

TICKETS - AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery 25 JUNE = Rs 1180

Produced by Amarrass Records and Amarrass Society for Performing Arts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information at info@amarrass.com. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!

AMARRASS NIGHTS TURNS UP THE HEAT THIS MAY

28 MAY 2022 at SUNDER NURSERY in NEW DELHI, INDIA

AmarrassNights is back after a fabulous start to the season. The May edition brings you the summer heat from Rajasthan via two exceptional groups - bhajan maestro Bagga Khan and folk with attitude, Barmer Boys.

 

Bagga Khan, from Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan is one of the finest Manganiyar/Merasi bhajan singers. A master of the tambura (a plucked stringed instrument similar to the tanpura), and with a voice that elevates the mysticism in the devotional songs he sings - bhajans and dohas written by Kabir, Meerabai, and Tulsidas. His songs have been featured in 'Mitha Bol: Field Recordings from the Indian Desert' (2011 Amarrass Records) (5 stars in Songlines, nominated for Best Folk Album at the GiMAs) and 'Bagga Khan: Bhajan' (2021 Amarrass Records) (Transglobal World Music Charts Top 40).

 

"The secular bhajans sung by Bagga Khan, accompanied by strummed tambura, lilting hand-drums and metallic percussion that echoes the click-clack of Touareg music, from another desert on another continent."

- The WIRE: Adventures in Modern Sound.

Barmer Boys are the next generation of performers that carry forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars. The global ambassadors of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music, the trio's versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance - from soulful Sufi kalaams and Krishna bhajans, to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, boisterous jams with beat-boxing.

AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery

Date: 28th MAY, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

TICKETS - AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery 28 MAY = Rs 1180

Event partners: We are grateful to Punjabi by Nature, Ballantine's, British Airways, Fever FM, RARE Travels for their generous support. Produced by Amarrass Records and Amarrass Society for Performing Arts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information at info@amarrass.com. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!

AMARRASS NIGHTS IS BACK

23 APRIL 2022 at SUNDER NURSERY in NEW DELHI, INDIA

AmarrassNights is back in 2022! It's been a long two years and we are more than excited to be back at our beautiful venue - the UNESCO World Heritage Sunder Nursery  - with two exceptional artists. Featuring Lucknow based lawyer turned performing artist & entrepreneur Askari Naqvi, and the next generation of qawwali singers Rehmat-e-Nusrat

 

Askari Naqvi presents Mehfil~e~Tarranum - a cultural journey of Awadh & Lucknow. It is weaved through couplets, songs & commentary based on different ragas and written in various Hindustani languages. It has poems written by Sufis & Saints, songs sung by Begum Akhtar & Assemun a miryasin who lived in Awadh. A bouquet of Awadh & Lucknow presented in Tarranum!

Rehmat-e-Nusrat are self-taught young musicians from Uttarakhand who bring a fresh new perspective to the timeless tradition of qawwali music. The group presents qawwalis by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sufiyana kalaams by the great poets Amir Khusrao, Meera Bai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Kabir bhajans, and original compositions. 

Punjabi by Nature presents

AmarrassNights@Sunder Nursery

Date: 23rd APRIL, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATRE, NEW DELHI

{TICKETS to Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery = Rs 1180}

Event partners: We are grateful to Punjabi by Nature, Ballantine's, British Airways, Fever FM, RARE Travels for their generous support. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information at info@amarrass.com. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon!

AMARRASS ARTIST RELIEF FUNDRAISER

COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR FOLK ARTISTS FROM INDIA

Amarrass was formed in 2009 with the mission to preserve the musical traditions from the deep interiors of India and to create structures for sustaining them into the future. Since then, Amarrass has recorded several legendary artists, developed artist identities, toured with them, and brought sustainability to an art form, the artists, and their families. Previously, the presentation of these oral musical traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation, was constrained to a select circle of academics, State-sponsored cultural festivals, and the traditional domains of patrons and the family villages in the state of Rajasthan. There were no quality recordings available, and rare performances outside of the region. Amarrass has preserved the traditional art forms through recordings and albums; brought the music to wide international audiences; and provided new income streams and lifted entire families into improved economic positions that have improved their ability to access education, health care, and technology literacy.


In service to its mission, Amarrass has produced 15 albums, many of them critically acclaimed, over 300 music videos published in the public domain; and toured musicians such as LAKHA KHAN and BARMER BOYS across North America, Europe, and India. Amarrass’ work has been recognized in the UNESCO Creative Economies Report, NPR, The New York Times, BBC, Songlines, Rolling Stone India, The WIRE-Adventures in Modern Sound, The Independent, fROOTS, Downbeat, and more. 

 

"Incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstasy" - Simon Broughton, Songlines (Barmer Boys, 'At Home', 2012 Amarrass Records)

"Top 5 Rajasthani albums ever" - fROOTS (Lakha Khan 'At Home', 2012 Amarrass Records)

"All together now: The quest to save Indian music" - The Independent UK

"How Amarrass Records took Folk to Global Acclaim" - Rolling Stone India


Under the crisis of the pandemic, these folk music traditions once again face extinction. Not only from the loss of the ability to record, tour, etc. but even their traditional performance avenues – playing at weddings, funerals, and community festivals – have been completely shut down by COVID-19. To support the artists and their families, Amarrass must now pivot its mission of sustainability.

 

Amarrass is seeking emergency relief funds to sustain the artists and their families through this critical time. 100% of all funds raised will be used to cover artists' basic living expenses such as housing, food, medicines, utility bills (electricity/phone) and for family emergencies.

 

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During this time, we will be working with our artists to produce and distribute hundreds of hours of audio and video (including live streams, pre-recorded concerts and more), technology training and communication skills so we can keep bringing you the beautiful music.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information that that you may need. We look forward to hearing from you at info@amarrass.com. And a big thank you in advance for your generous support.

AMARRASS NIGHTS at SUNDER NURSERY

Amarrass Nights is back in 2020! After a long hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that we have a new, beautiful venue to host our monthly series of music, arts and culture events in the capital. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sunder Nursery is a 16th century heritage park - Delhi's first arboretum - restored and renovated by the Archeological Society of India and the Aga Khan Foundation. Our first concert of the year is made even more special with the introduction of two new artist groups to the Amarrass Records roster: brothers Ghewar & Firoze and the next generation of qawwali singers Rehmat-e-Nusrat

 

Ghewar & Firoze, sons of the late Padma Shri Sakar Khan, are masters of the kamaicha and the dholak respectively. Accomplished musicians and members of the Grammy Artist Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's Desert Slide Project, the brothers have a long history of performing at some of the most important stages across the world, including at Jodhpur's RIFF, Fez Festival in Morocco and more. They also feature on the album 'At Home: Sakar Khan' (5 Stars, 'Top of the World' - Songlines).

Rehmat-e-Nusrat are a sextet of young musicians from Uttarakhand bringing a fresh new perspective to the timeless tradition of qawwali music. The group presents qawwalis by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sufiyana kalaams by the great poets Amir Khusrao, Meera Bai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Kabir bhajans, and original compositions.

Date: 11 JANUARY, 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

{TICKETS to Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery = Rs 499}

SAVE THE DATES: The next editions of Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery take place on 8 Feb. (Sat.) and 7 Mar. (Sat). For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com 

TOUR + WOMEX RECAP - BARMER BOYS in ITALY, CZECH REP., SCHOOL CONCERTS in DENMARK; LAKHA KHAN at WOMEX FINLAND, CZECH REP., DENMARK, SWEDEN, LE GUESS WHO?

SEP-OCT-NOV 2019

Two back-to-back European tours and 42 concerts later, we now share tour moments, pictures, video and press reviews from the Barmer Boys and Lakha Khan concerts and WOMEX Showcase. 

The Boys were back in the magical city of Prague (after Respect Festival in 2018), for a concert at Palac Akropolis - a restored theatre in the Zizkov neighbourhood. Next stop was the city of Dornbirn in the Austrian Alps, followed by a trifecta of shows at ALICE cph in Copenhagen and school concerts in Denmark. We were excited to make our Italian debut with concerts in Florence, Trieste and Gualtieri (famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheese) and a pit-stop in Venice, the city built on water. Wrapping up the tour was a special concert for the Indian Embassy to celebrate 70 years of Indo-Danish relations, apt as we are thrilled to welcome on board Air India Denmark for graciously providing travel support for the tour. 

Next up was the Lakha Khan tour, starting with the prestigious WOMEX Showcase in Tampere, Finland. Zero degrees Celsius outside, but the warm tones of the sarangi and the powerful voice of Lakha Khan easily warming up a packed hall. Our next stop was at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands. One of the tour highlights - performing to another full house, this time in a 1000-year old cathedral (Jenskerk), and one of the 'Top 5 Festival Highlights'! Nine more concerts in Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden wrapped up the maestro's fourth tour of Europe.

{READ MORE + TOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS}

For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com 

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VINYL REVIVAL IN INDIA

Amarrass establishes the first record cutting facility in India in the 21st Century!

We are thrilled to set up a new production facility in Gurgaon, India, where we have been busy over the Record Store Day 2017 weekend, cutting our first set of records! Analog remastered albums by Barmer Boys, Lakha Khan and the Palestinian-American band Painted Caves were released at a 'Vinyl Revival' launch party on the 28th of April at Lodi-The Garden Restaurant in Delhi, and we plan to follow with a series of live concert recordings of Barmer Boys with Vieux Farka Tourè and Bombino from the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in 2011/2012.

While the initial focus and production will be on the Amarrass catalogue, and artists on the label, we hope to work with other artists in India (and elsewhere) to cut dubplates, limited edition copies of LPs/EPs and singles. Each Amarrass record is individually hand-cut on precision-crafted machinery imported from Germany and assembled here in India. All the album artwork and jacket design is also done in-house at Amarrass.
Vinyl finally enables us to present our archive of field recordings, live concerts and studio sessions in high fidelity - bringing the listener closer to the natural sound captured in the recordings sessions.

 

Barmer Boys (Kesariya Balm), Lakha Khan's 'At Home' sessions, and Painted Caves self-titled debut album are now available in LP format at our online store, and small batches will be available at online retailers and physical stores. 

The Hindustan Times came over to visit our new facility. Read the story here, and catch a glimpse of the production process in the video below.