Kutla and Sons
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A series of gigs at this year's Rajasthan International Folk Festival — popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF — which concluded on October 29, were dominated by the earthy and foot-tapping beats of the dholak played by Kutla Khan. Be it in a performance with Sugna Devi Kalbeliya, in collaboration with legendary didgeridoo exponent Mark Atkins or during RIFF Rustle, where he played with various artistes from across the world, the beats of his dholak were always the toast of all performances. "I have become more confident now. Earlier I was playing at local weddings and small village concerts, but now, in the last two-three years, I have travelled to almost 40 nations," said Khan, who also played with folk pop quartet Mumford and Sons recently. The band's performance at the iTunes Festival last year did have the regular instruments such as the banjo, the fiddle and other bluegrass paraphernalia, but it was the band's collaboration with Kutla and his 'friends' on popular tracks such as The Cave and Roll Away Your Stone "that had the audience on their feet". The EP titled Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and Dharohar Project is out and available for the audiences online.