RhythmXChange is a festival that “seeks to explore rhythm as a shared language”. A collaboration between the Indian Music Experience Museum (IME), Bangalore, and Manchester Museum, UK, the project brought together four Indo-UK musicians with two mentees – one from India and one from the UK – “to design and facilitate a percussion-based art project”. Starting in the autumn of 2022, this six-month developmental project culminated in two international performances in 2022-23 to showcase the cross-culture artistic outcome of the project. The first was held at the IME in November 2022, while the second was held at the Manchester Museum in March 2023.
The three day festival in IME, Bengaluru, saw a host of events that showcased “how [musical] traditions interact across borders”. The first day saw a percussion-themed museum walk, followed by musical performances by an all-women Kamsale folk percussion ensemble and the Ta Dhom project. The second day witnessed drum circles, movie screenings and rap battles. The evening closed with a performance by J.A.V.A The Cadence Collective – the four Indo-UK musicians at the heart of this collaboration. The third day featured talks by pioneering women percussionists, and performances by ghatam player Sukanya Ramagopal’s ensemble, Sthree Thaal Tharang and saxophonist Julius Gabriel.
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Enjoy a specially curated percussion-themed museum tour with our fantastic team of volunteers
Witness a power-packed performance by an all-women Kamsale folk percussion ensemble
Get grooving to the unique Carnatic Hip-Hop rhythms of the day’s headliner, the Ta Dhom Project.
Get your beat on with a community Drum Circle, and catch the national award-winning film “Dollu”. If you’re a Rap artist, don’t miss a chance to be part of the museum’s first-ever Rap Battle!
Experience a multi-faceted percussion performance by Laya Lavanya blending folk, Indian classical, Western and Latin percussion traditions.
Premier RXC Highlight – J.A.V.A The Cadence Collective, featuring 4 young musicians from India and UK as they explore rhythm as a shared language between East and West.
Start your day with four pioneering women percussionists and rhythmists from India, who talk about their work and art practice in this male dominated domain.
Soon after catch the inimitable Ghatam player Sukanya Ramagopal in concert with her ensemble Sthree Thaal Tharang.
Later in the afternoon watch finalists battle it out in the ‘Rap Battle’ Finale judged by Kannada Rapper Gubbi in the IME terrace amphitheater.
At sundown, treat yourself to a live set by the immensely talented Saxophonist Julius Gabriel. And finally let your hair down and boogie the night away with Club RhythmXChange featuring a stellar line up of DJs from India, UK and Germany!
How to get there
How to reach Rajasthan
1. By Air: There are three major airports in Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur, which operate both domestic and international flights. If you’re travelling to Rajasthan from Delhi, then Jaipur is the most convenient entry point, but if you’re planning to enter it from Mumbai, then Udaipur will be the best choice.
2. By Rail: Rajasthan is well linked to all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad through railway lines and it has its major railway stations in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Udaipur. These stations are well connected to the other important cities of Rajasthan including Kota, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jaisalmer. For a royal journey to Rajasthan, you can take the Palace on Wheels, which runs through Jaipur.
3. By Road: There is a good network of national highways and state highways in Rajasthan, which covers the entire state and links it to the other major cities of India. Four lanes of NH 8 pass through Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra. Rajasthan is only a five-hour drive from Delhi and many tourists prefer to travel from the capital by road. The bus service to and from Rajasthan is also convenient to use.
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- Parking facilities
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Socially distanced
Items and accessories to carry
1. Woolens. Bengaluru during November is pleasantly cold, with temperatures ranging from 15°C-25°C.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in). You need to keep those feet tappin’ and heads bangin’. On that note, carry a bandana or a scrunchie to avoid tressy accidents with your fellow festival goers.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Indian Music Experience Museum
Indian Music Experience Museum
The Indian Music Experience, located in Bengaluru, is the country’s first interactive music museum….
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