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Tuesday Tue, 17 Oct 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Kabir’s message of love and unity is vitally important in the current discordant times and we feel it important to revive the music of MK Raina’s seminal play ‘Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein’, not just as an archive but in a new vibrant format that can reach out to new audiences.

‘Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein’, an iconic play written by the renowned author Bhisham Sahni, is a fictionalised account of the life of Kabir Das, the 14th-century saint-poet and explores his philosophy while critiquing societal issues. The play was directed by renowned theatre person and cultural activist MK Raina in 1982 and was notable for its brilliant music composed by the Late Panchanan Pathak. MK Raina and Baan G (Dastaan LIVE) came together to reinterpret the visionary music of the play resulting in the creation of ‘Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein – a Rock Opera’.

This show re-interprets the music of the play, retaining its core aesthetics and updating the arrangement and instrumentation for modern sensibilities, working with some of the best musicians and theatre practitioners in Delhi.

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Baan G

Bass Guitar

Anirban Ghosh a.k.a. BAAN G is the Founder, Chief Composer and Bass Player of Dastaan LIVE and has studied Bass Guitar under legendary bass players Gary Willis and Karl Peters and is currently studying experimental music with Michael Harrison. He also teaches a course on Sound Design and Creative Music Exploration at Ashoka University, Co-Founder of a curatorial collective – WIP Labs, and is the Managing Trustee of Aagaaz Theatre Trust, an arts-based non-profit in New Delhi.

Anant Raina


Anant is a filmmaker based in Delhi with a vast experience in non-fiction filmmaking. His independent documentary ‘Badshah Lear,’ on the folk theatre artists of Kashmir, which premiered at Film South Asia 2019. He is also co-founder of WIP Labs, an artist-led platform to showcase alternative art. Anant’s interests extend beyond filmmaking and cultural activities. He is a capoeirista, percussionist and a certified open water diver.

Pranay Verma


Pranay is a guitarist and composer from Delhi, India. He works with artists/bands like The Revisit Project, Dastaan LIVE, Pragnya Wakhlu, Aronjoy Das, among many others. He also plays in a jazz/neo-soul setup called Wet Volumes started alongside saxophonist Agneya Singh. He is driven by a vision of empowering  and empathising with people through his music, and his debut release ‘Voices’ encapsulates that vision. He joined the Parikrama School of Music in 2015, where he learned under the late Sonam Sherpa.

Sudheer Rikhari


Sudheer is a professional actor, director and singer holding an experience of over 22 years in the fields of Theatre and Music. He has performed as the lead singer in India’s premier rock-fusion band “Indian Ocean” and is currently the lead singer in the band “Susmit Sen Chronicles” and “Dastaan LIVE”. He has been the music director for many films like Rajula, Well is Well, Wapsi (short film), The Fourth Idiot, Hello India and many others. Currently, Sudheer runs his own performing arts company named “The Trialogue Company” and his foundation named “Trisamvad Foundation” to promote art and culture.

Kunal Netrapal


Kunal has been playing drums as his principal instrument for the last 17 years. At Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, he studied with 9 times Grammy Award Winner, Rodney Holmes and the renowned teacher, Benny Greb. He also spent a significant time under the rigorous mentorship of Manoj Mavely in Delhi, after which he was accepted at the prestigious ‘The Collective School Of Music’ in New York. In 2016, the upcoming jazz scene in India piqued Kunal to return to the homeland. In his own artistic pursuit and thrill he has been playing with a variety of projects in different cities in the country and internationally.

Amar Tirkey


Amar is a guitarist based in New Delhi, India who has been actively playing as a session musician with multiple acts in the Delhi indie scene for the last 3 years. Amar is currently a part of DASTAAN LIVE and has a trio with Sonic Shori (bass) & Kunal Netrapal (drums). Amar is also a part of the inhouse band at Piano Man, New Delhi. He has also done sessions with Charu Suri and Parvati M Krishnan.

Jagtinder Singh Sidhu


Jagtinder has an experience of more than 15 years as a Vocalist and has performed in Leicester Square, London; U.K. Tour 2017; U.K Embassy, SAARC Festival and many more. He is the voice of the “Indian Saber” band who were the semi- finalists in India’s Got Talent (Season3). He was the contestant in the popular TV show Voice of Punjab. He has also performed with Grammy nominee Symphony Orchestra Trondheim Soloists. At present he is the lead vocalist of “Mrigya” & Dastaan LIVE.

Anjali Raina


Anjali is a practicing paediatrician and an ardent lover of art. She has spent her life immersed in art, learning Kathak as a child, performing theatre and learning music. She is a disciple of Smt. Shanti Hiranand and one of the lead singer for the band Dastaan LIVE.