French Touch at Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv
The Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv organised by the Department of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh is an unrivalled celebration in India. It is one of the four principal Kumbh Melas which are the largest spiritual gatherings in the world. The celebration takes place once every twelve years and is celebrated by taking a holy dip in the river Shipra in the city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The 2016 edition of the Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv will take place from April 22 to May 21.
This year, Alliance Française de Bhopal in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh joined the celebration at Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv by conducting a Jazz concert by Jazz Trio on May 13. The musical trio is comprised of Loic Sanlaville from France (guitar and looper), Matteo Fraboni from Italy (drums and electronic) and Stephen McEntee from Australia (trombone). The trio played some original songs composed by Matteo Fraboni and also revisited standards from the American song book, mixing different grooves – from Drum and Bass to Jazz – to create a unique sound.
Their musical repertoire spans these three cultures which gives a unique sound to their compositions. Matteo Fraboni’s composition, “Caravane” was the highlight of the evening. The three artists have numerous projects with India and will return to India next year to continue their musical journey.
The event could not have been successful without Emanuelle de Decker, the founder of Gatecrash, a consulting agency which specializes in conducting tours of international bands in India, curating Indian and international acts for Festivals and events and managing music-related projects. Emmanuelle de Decker has worked on various music projects in Paris, Tangier, Dublin, Seoul and Kolkata apart from handling live music programming at blueFROG – a music venue in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi.
Apart from the performance by Jazz Trio, a French film called “Des hommes et des Dieux” was also screened during the International Spiritual Film Festival for the devotees at Simhastha. The French creator of Festival Extravagant India! in Paris, Gabrielle Brennen presented this movie. She is known for introducing Indian films to French audiences.
Public Relations Officer, Alliance Française de Bhopal