Kutla and Sons

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.

Royal Carriage

IT dates back nearly 200 years, was once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore and used to transport European royalty, including Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. Now, the historic horse-drawn carriage will come under the hammer at an auction in the UK organised by specialist classic vehicle auctioneers, Historics at Brooklands, on November 24. Estimated to fetch 70,000-100,000 (60 lakh- 87 lakh approximately), the ornate state carriage has a vaulted, domed roof and patterned wheels. While the basic colour is olive green, the carriage is decorated with intricately carved borders and floral motifs. Some of the 16 windows offer drop-down, decorated panels and shutters for privacy, while the interiors are upholstered in beige damask. The roof has delicate paintwork and the exterior houses two seats that might have been used for servants and courtiers.Offered at an auction by Australian firm Leonard Joel in 1974, the carriage was also exhibited at Sotheby's Olympia in 1991. It is now coming under the hammer after some light restoration work.

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