The World Mouth Harp Festival of India
The World Mouth Harp Festival of India is a grassroots project conceived with the mission of connecting Mouth Harp players and musicians of all kinds from countries around the world.
Unlike commercial music festivals where artists are booked as entertainment and tickets are sold to the general public to cover necessary expenses, at the conceptual core of this festival is a creative community platform of skill-sharing and personal involvement.
Everyone is invited to participate in this project, either by performing, teaching, organizing or simply attending, and each person is a contributor to the spirit of the festival in one way or another.
Therefore, general admission to all concerts, workshops and presentations remain free of charge with no tickets for sale and no financial sponsors.
The vision of the World Mouth Harp Festival of India is to establish popular recognition for the Mouth Harp as a contemporary musical instrument: a festival platform for Mouth Harp players and musicians of all kinds from countries worldwide to connect, share, teach, and perform, and to showcase through presentations of traditional and contemporary styles of playing the versatility of this instrument across an array of musical genres.
At the World Mouth Harp Festival of India, you will find:
• A spirit of open participation, providing an opportunity for anyone to perform.
• A presentation of bands featuring the Mouth Harp in music of various styles, traditions, and genres.
• An emphasis on active collaboration and improvisation between musicians of all kinds, with a space for participants to both create and perform new musical projects throughout the festival.
• A schedule of workshops offering specialized instruction in an variety of topics, including beginning and advanced Mouth Harp playing techniques.
• A cultural focus on Mouth Harpists of India, representing regions where this instrument is traditionally played in Indian Folk and Classical music.