Winter brings with it many a charm that turns Hyderabad into a truly magical sight to behold. The festivities that reach its peak with Christmas and New Year, however, don’t stop just there.
Krishnakriti Festival, the annual arts festival hosted by Krishnakriti foundation, had turned Hyderabad into a specter
as it infused much artistic spirit into the city. The festival concluded on a resplendent note on January 7, Saturday night, at Qutub Shahi Tombs, with two diverse musical performances that enchanted the audience with an enthralling experience.
Hyleen, a singer and songwriter from Cannes in South France and her band, comprising Julien Boursin on keyboard, Moog Bass and Nicolas Viccaro on drums and EFX, gave an enigmatic start to the event with music unique for its concoction of soul, funk, neo-soul, pop with a touch of jazz and rich harmonies. Although the audience were a little hesitant to sing along and interact with the band initially, Hyleen with her warm, husky voice and powerful performance lured them out of their reluctance to reciprocate to the band and applaud heartily in the end. The performance included many of their own compositions, a few even from their upcoming album.
Breaking the spell came a folk singer from Bikaner next, who, with his soulful renditions, beckoned us back to our roots. Belonging to the semi-nomadic community of Mirasis, who keep the spirit of Sufiana Qalam alive in India, Mukhtiyar Ali, who is also a popular playback singer, belted out a number of compositions comprising poetry of Kabir, Mira and Sufi poets such as
Bulleh Shah, instantly evoking the rustic charm that never fails to endear us.
The mesmerising lighting and setting at Qutub Shahi Tombs enriched the ambiance to make the event a memorable one.