Kabir on Strings is an attempt to bring Kabir and similar mystics to the masses, through music and conversation. The evening will be in a mango orchard, in the open, with two of the best Kabir lovers in our company – Harpreet and Vipul Rikhi, very accomplished musicians as well. While the evening is largely around Kabir, other mystics such as Pash, Faiz and Bulleh Shah will also be celebrated, for telling us that love is the purest thing, greed and discrimination the cause of human destruction.
The Mandrem House is an eclectic venue for events like these, a beautiful mango orchard with a butterfly garden and a remakery, with a lovely bed and breakfast villa on the same property.
Vipul Rikhi is a poet, novelist, translator and singer, and a co-creator of Ajab Shahar, a forthcoming digital archive that celebrates the oral traditions of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul music and poetry. His work with Kabir Project includes extensive writings and translations in the area of mystic poetry. In the course of these journeys he has developed a deep love for singing mystic poetry in the folk music traditions. In his satsangs and performances, he likes to bring equal emphasis to the poetry and its resonances in our lives as to the sheer beauty and simplicity of the folk tunes. He is also the author of a novel and collections of poetry and short stories.
Harpreet is an independent musician from India. He composes his own songs and music and includes the writings of contemporary as well as legendary poets. In a sense, Harpreet’s music is bridge, an offering to his generation, to walk the path to a deeper life, to perspectives that can be transformative. Harpreet has been composing poetry of Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, some known and some unknown poets, including Baba Bulleh Shah, Avatar Singh ‘Pash’, Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Kabir and Rahim to name a few.
There is a bar and a restaurant at the venue, event is donation based.