This is a great weekend for music buffs. Take your pick from three music events in Mumbai that will appeal to lovers of poetry and Punjabi song.

Wild Women

A two-day music and performance festival at the NCPA, Wild Women will celebrate women mystics and poets in India.

Wild Women in Verse: Lal Ded, Andal, Akka Mahadevi, Muktabai, Janabai and More
Four poet-translators, Ranjit Hoskote, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, HS Shivaprakash and Jerry Pinto, will talk about and read the poetry of Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, Tamil mystic Andal, various women of the Kannada vachana tradition, and women poets of the Maharashtrian varkari tradition.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 4pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Unpacking Yellamma: The Goddess Archives
Filmmaker Shilpa Kothakota and co-founder of the Urban Folk Project, an initiative to document the folk forms of Karnataka, Adithya Kothakota will explore the myth of Yellama, the goddess worshipped by devadasis and jogathis (transgender persons), through the medium of folk songs.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 6pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

He’s My Slave: The Body and the Beyond
Festival curator, the writer and poet Arundhati Subramaniam, will introduce the festival and the role of the female body in bhakti poetry and do readings of poetry in translation.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Bareheaded, I Walk the Bazaar
Vocalist Shruti Vishwanath and musicians Hitesh Dhutia and Vinayak Netke will perform musical tributes to the poets featured in this festival. Kathak and contemporary dancer Sanjukta Wagh will perform an improvisational piece set to the music.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

She of the Four Names
Television and theatre actor Mita Vasisth will present her film She of the Four Names, about Kashmiri mystic poet Lal Ded, who has long been a figure of fascination and intrigue for many Kashmiris. The film will be followed by a talk by Vasisht.
When: Sunday, April 28 at 4pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Heli Mhaari: The Woman’s Voice in Mystic Poetry
Filmmaker and musician Shabnam Virmani, who heads the Kabir Project, an initiative that promotes the works of Kabir and other sufi and bhakti poets, will give a musical presentation on the unique space occupied by the woman’s voice in mystic poetry.
When: Sunday, April 28 at 5.30pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

People Say I’m Crazy
Hindustani vocalist Kalpana Komkali will sing sacred poetry by women bards across the country such as Meerabai.
When: Sunday, April 28 at 6.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

The Threshold
The festival finale will feature a musical performance by singer-musicians Pallavi MD and Bindhumalini of works by women poets from across the world, from Hypatia and Agnodice to Sule Sunkkavva and Nina Simone.The singers will be accompanied by a variety of instruments such as the flute, kazoo, swarmandal, ghungroo and banjo.
When: Sunday, April 28 at 7.45pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

To Rajhans Ek

This musical performance will celebrate the works of Marathi music composer Shrinivas Khale in the month of his birth anniversary and feature some of the musicians who worked with him.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 6pm.
Where: Sahayog Mandir Hall, Sahayog Mandir Path, Ghantali, Thane (West).

Gurdas Maan

Veteran Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan, one of the early Punjabi singers to hit the mainstream, will perform a set of songs from across genres.
When: Sunday, April 28 at 6.30pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Hall, Behind Gandhi Market, Comrade Harbanslal Marg, Sion.

For more music, see here.

Photo: Santokh Singh via Wikimedia Commons.