The Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band in
They are a motley crew of musicians and performers who belt out
numbers ranging from Bollywood chartbusters to traditional Rajasthani folk songs, accompanied by a dance and jugglery show.
The group has now been invited to perform at the Singapore Grand
Prix F1 race to be held later this month.
The 11-member Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band will perform on all three
days of the Grand Prix, including the opening ceremony, from Sep
23 to 25. The Singapore race is the 14th round of this year's
Formula One season.
The band will rub shoulders with famous artists like Shakira,
Shaggy and pop rock band Linkin Park of the US, the band's general
director Rahis Bharti, 29, told IANS on phone from Paris, where
they are performing currently.
"The organisers of the race examined our previous international
performances over the past nine years and selected the Jaipur
Maharaja Brass Band to perform at Singapore," Bharti said.
"It is a very big event and we are unable to express our happiness
in words. We expect to enthrall the audience and our aim is to
give a taste of Indian music to the international audience with
Indian and Rajasthani traditional music with a mix of Western
instruments," he added.
The band will use a mix of traditional Indian and Western
instruments to perform popular Bollywood, jazz, pop and
self-composed music, making it the first group from India to
perform at such an event, Bharti claimed.
He said over the past nine years, the band has performed at about
500 concerts in 40 countries. It has participated in prestigious
music festivals like Sziget (Hungary), Paleo (Switzerland), and
Pori Jazz Fest (Finland).
Originating from Jaipur, the city of the maharajas, the band
consists of seven-eight musicians, a female traditional Rajasthani
dancer and a juggler or fire eater. They play a range of
traditional brass instruments, including trumpets, trombones,
tubas, clarinets, tabla, base drum and saxophones and perform
Bharti said that roots of the Indian brass band music go deep into
the subcontinent's colonial past.
"Introduced in the middle of the 18th century by the British,
thousands of brass bands play at carnivals, national or religious
festivals and local marriage celebrations across the country. In
Rajasthan alone, there are over 2,000 brass bands performing
regularly," he added.
"We have tried to include in our team the best performers out of
the 2,000-odd brass bands," he added.
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