India is a land of one of the oldest music traditions in the world and has gifted the world many a talented singers and musicians. Over a period of time, the type of instruments and the genre of music have increased and India has become the land where rock and jazz co-exist in complete harmony with classical and Carnatic. All the genres are celebrated with equal zeal through various music festivals organised throughout the year where music lovers from all over the world sway to the tunes together.
It has been rightly said:
‘’Music is the only universal language which needs no translation.’’
This year too, there are many music fiestas to look forward to and here are the most popular ones:
The much-famed EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival, hosted at Vagator, Goa is one of the largest music events in Asia held annually. Artists and music lovers from over 40 countries participate in the festival which comprises of live music; DJ, food, and shopping accompanied with extravagant infrastructure make it an unparalleled experience. The four-day event’s popularity with music devotees is increasing with every passing year and why not?
Date: 27-31 December 2017
Possibly the oldest Indian classical music festival in the world, Shri Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan is organised every year in Jalandhar, the city that harbours the sepulchre of Baba Harivallabh, a great exponent of classical music. The first festival was held in 1875 and the tradition has been continuing ever since. Many eminent artists from India and Pakistan take part in the festival and the event attracts huge crowds from all over the country and abroad.
Date: December 2017 (date not confirmed)
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Rajasthan International Folk Festival also referred to as Jodhpur RIFF, held around the time of Sharad Purnima when the full moon shines in all its glory, witnesses Mehrangarh Fort resplendent with spectacular concerts. This festival celebrates folk music of the desert and is a joint venture initiated by Mehrangarh Music Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation. The festival gained international acknowledgement with UNESCO labelling it as ‘’’People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development’’.
You can’t miss this one if you enjoy folk music.
Dates: 5-9 October 2017
The North-East side of India is known for its scenic natural beauty and a unique culture and lifestyle. Add to the valleys and streams some foot-tapping music and you get the perfect blend- The Ziro Festival. It is an outdoor festival and attendees can enjoy camping in tents near the festival site or choose from hotels and homestays. Other than the incredible music, one can experience the Apatani culture by visiting and meeting Apatani tribals who reside quite close to the venue of the festival. Truly an enriching experience!
Dates: 22-25 September 2017
This music festival celebrates the diversity and unity of the 16 tribes that inhabit Nagaland and offers an insight into their beautiful and colourful culture. This festival was conceptualised by the Tourism Board of Nagaland and the Art and Culture departments to encourage the tribals to showcase their talent and mark their presence on the global map. The festival comprises of an exhibition of handicrafts, flower shows, beauty contests, food stalls and Rock Music concerts.
The festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama and is an annual affair since the year 2000.
Dates: 1-10 December 2017
This music festival, known as ‘’the happiest music festival’’, swept the nation with a series of events in five different cities last year and is geared up to return to Pune this year with all the more exciting line-up of artists, both national and international. Hip-hop, electronic, Indie, Indian, the festival has it all. This multi-genre musical extravaganza is a must awaited event in the world of music. It remains to be seen if the music festival can live up to the expectations.
Dates: Yet to be announced
A difficult choice to make, right? So don’t choose; pack that backpack and attend them all as none is similar to any other!