Dhun Mela



Folk songs sung in different languages across India reflect the cultural diversity that has always existed in the country. These songs relate to various aspects of human existence, responding to the joys and challenges of everyday life. Whether songs marking the rites of passage or work-related songs, this richly layered treasure brings to us contexts and meanings from distant regions. 

Dhun Mela is a folk song extravaganza bringing together groups of musicians and dancers from Goa, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bengal and Manipur. Almost seventy performers will celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of India through the wealth of folk songs that she possesses. Despite the variety of songforms and the different languages used in various regions, audiences will experience a connection that will magically resonate their own past and present reality. 

Images courtesy Lumiere Project


Curated by Aneesh Pradhan, Scale Large, Year of Commission 2019

All 2019 Grants