MUSIC TRAVEL – Get festival-hopping!


If music be the food of life, India is where you ought to be. The country is quickly turning into a premier destination for those looking for their next live music fix. India’s music calendar for the next couple of months is quite packed. There’s something for everyone.

 

We give you the top 9 fests to attend in India.

STORM FESTIVAL

For all the music lovers and adventure enthusiast out there, the Storm Festival is the perfect event to attend. This two-day camp-out music festival held in the hills of Coorg features 37 top notch DJ’s and bands from around the world. The festival will take place in an entirely eco-friendly manner and is expected to be specially appealing to nature lovers as it is set amidst the pristine beauty of Coorg. This event is scheduled to take place at Stormfields, Napoklu in Coorg and will be hosted by Nikhil Chinapa. Along with many celebrities and DJs, this event will have performances by DJ Richard Durand, Julie Thompson, Breed and Pearl. Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project and Lesle Lewis are few popular bands who will be performing at the festival. 

When: 11th – 12th November, 2011
Where: Coorg, Karnataka, India.

Log on to  http://www.stormfestivalindia.com/

 

THE GREAT INDIAN OCTOBER FEST

The concept of Kingfisher October Fest stemmed from a need to spread the Good Times to the teeming youth population living in the city of Bangalore. It was only after an extended period of planning that the first Kingfisher October Fest was held from 11th to 13th November, 2005, at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore. It has grown in heaps and bounds since its inception in Bangalore. Fashioned around the very premise of Woodstock ’69, with an aim to spread love, peace and music, this fest reflected another aspect. And that was, spread the good times among the numerous people who converged to the place from various parts of the country. Apart from this, a whole lot of associated events taking place all over the fest ground grabbed the attention of people attending the fest. Various beer games, a flea market, tattoo artists, face painters, doll dancers, stilt walkers etc., kept the high spirits lingering over the period of the three days, making this event a huge success. Banglore’s eclectic music scene goes back to early in the city’s history and encompasses a wide variety of music including country, folk, jazz, blues and rock. The classic problem facing Bangalore musicians today is the being isolated from the rest of the world.This year The Great Indian October Fest in association with the Kyra Theater brings to you The Sunset Strip : a special tribute to all the wonderful musicians of the city.

When: November 11th -13th 2011.

Where: Bangalore, India.

Log on to http://www.kingfisherworld.com/ 

WOODS TALK FESTIVAL

The venue for this fest is the woods of Mahadev Chatti in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand one of India’s best adventure sports locations. The first edition of the Woods Talk music festival will take place between November 12 and 13.It is a camping festival. Camping equipment is provided by the organizers and they are also going to arrange some adventure sports and outdoor activities such as kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing and many other activities. The artists who will perform there are an eclectic mix ranging from rock bands to electronica DJs.

When: November 12th and 13th, 2011.

Where: Mahadev Chatti in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand,India.

Log on to http://nh7.in/indiecision/2011/10/24/woods-talk-festival-lineup-announced/

INDIA MUSIC WEEK

Celebrate the spirit of pure music with 100 Pipers India Music week, as artists from India, Norway, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Australia and even from the exotic French Reunion Island in the India Ocean perform across the most happening clubs and venues across New Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore. From big bang Jazz to hip Electronica, from intelligent Pop to strident Rock, from Ska and Dance Hall to Progressive Psy Trance, Drum & Bass and even the good ol’ blues and folk….100Pipers India Music Week straddles multiple genres to provide an all inclusive Indian contemporary urban music experience. With over 40 artists, and 40 events, spread across  New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, the 100 Pipers India Music Week does not stop at being just a Music festival. With the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi, a two day music conference is being hosted in New Delhi on the 17th and 18th of November. This conference aims at providing a much needed platform for musicians in india and their support sturctures to engage in conversation and to help build on their knowledge base. It also aims to provide networking opportunities with music professionals form india and the world. The 100 Pipers India Music week is owned, conceptualized and organized by Rock Street journal Magazine, who have been Pioneers in creating platforms for the independent Music scene in India since 1993.

When: November 16th to 20th, 2011. 

Where: New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, India.

Log on to http://www.indiamusicweek.com/

NH7 WEEKENDER 

The biggest indie music festival in the country is being held in our backyard (Pune) over the next weekend and you gotta be there to check out the immense musical talent the country is producing right now. Over 50 artists will perform including Indian indie biggies such as Raghu Dixit Project, Scribe, Goddess Gagged and Pentagram. Then there are international artists such as Imogen Heap, who is the talk of the town after her collaboration with Vishal Dadlani on the Dewarists. NH7 Weekender is promoting the ‘experience’ this year more than just the music. The fest will host a tattoo convention, a flea market that will sell organic products and a pretty massive food court. 

When: November 18 to 20, 2011.

Where: Laxmi Lawns, near Margarpatta City, Pune, India. 

Log on to www.nh7.in/weekender 

1st GUWAHATI INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011.

The 1st Guwahati International Music Festival is going to be held on 2nd & 3rd December 2011 organized by Eastern Beats Music Society and NEZCC, Dimapur. Through various initiatives in different parts of Northeast Eastern Beats Music Society have successfully exploited the healing and latent power of music and other performing arts in various parts of strife-torn Northeast.

This festival will be participated by more than 30 top National and International artists – making it the biggest confluence of musicians in the North East. Top International artistes like Brendan Power (United Kingdom), Abhaya Subba, the Steam Injuns (Nepal), Pt Manilal Nag, Mayukh Hazarika, Kalpana Patowary, Guru Reuben Mashangva, Edwin Fernandes, musicians from Goa, Abiogenesis, and many others will be descending in Guwahati for this festival.

When: 2nd & 3rd December 2011. 

Where: Shilpgram, Guwahati, India. 

Log on to www.easternbeats.org

SUNBURN
It sounds really cheesy spending New Year’s in Goa, but now spending the Christmas week in the beach state is more than just chilling and having a beer. Let your hair down for Asia’s largest electronic music festival, Sunburn. The crowds have been steadily increasing over the years and last year the fest saw an attendance of over 10,000 people. Dance at Candolim this year to international biggies such as Pete Tong, Perfect Stranger, Markus Schulz, Infected Mushroom, among many others. The music will range from house to drum ‘n’ bass, so don’t go expecting any commercial tunes. The music is an acquired taste, and there is no better place to start. 

When: December 27 to 29.

Where: Candolim Beach, Goa,India. 

Log on to www.sunburn.in

BLUES FESTIVAL

The inaugural edition earlier this year saw the likes of legendary blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, alongside artists Jonny Lang and Matt Schofield and vocalist Shemekia Copeland at Mehboob Studios.Indian acts Soulmate,The Saturday Night Blues Band and The Luke Kenny Mojo Jukeboxalso performed.Worth waiting for if you love your jazz.

When: Dates unconfirmed.

Where: Mumbai,India.

Log on to  http://www.mahindrablues.com/

 

INVASION

Invasion is a music festival that brings international,contemporary,high energy acts to India, brimming with attitude and personality.The first edition of the festival took place on January 13, 2011 in Bangalore and on January 15, 2011 in New Delhi, with The Prodigy being the highlight.Expect similar mayhem this year too.

When: March 2012.

Where: Delhi & Bangalore,India.

Log on to http://www.invasionfestival.in/.


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Kalpana banks on mystic North East in latest Hindi music video album – Maa-e-Ri.


Assamese singer Kalpana Patowary, who shifted base from Guwahati to Mumbai, has emerged as a front-running artist in the Bhojpuri music world. Having been bestowed with the title of “Queen of Bhojpuri Music”, Kalpana is now working on her first Hindi music video album – Maa-e-ri, which focus on the pristine beauty of North East India.

The locations for Kalpana’s album are befitting for the album as they take the viewers on a journey through some of the minimally visited locales of the Northeast. The videos have been produced and the production coordinated by Music Box, which has sought hard to present the North east in all its beauty and grandeur. The videos have been shot in locales like Dawki in Meghalaya, Mawlynong village, Cherapunjee, etc. The production team has sought to highlight the significance of the locales through the videos. For instance, Mawlyngnong is regarded to be one of the cleanest villages in India. “The rich sites of this village have been captured in frame, which obviously will whet the senses of an adventurous traveller. The tiny village, otherwise unknown to most people of the world, will now be featured in this video, which will get an edge in the tourism map. The Living Root Bridge, a phenomenon to be seen to be believed is something that tourism buffs will be attracted to after seeing the video, which will be a class apart in its league. A part of the video has also been shot in Cherrapunjee, once the wettest place on earth,” says Kalpana. Mae-e-Ri, apart from portraying the rich tapestry of some of the places of the Northeast has also laid ample emphasis on the costumes, which is an array of attractive colours from the looms of the Northeast. The first costume that Kalpana has worn for her video is an ensemble inspired from one of the tribes of Nagaland. The video captures traditionally garbed Naga tribesmen performing to the beat of Kalpana’s song. “We have also used costumed from Assam, a dress unique to the Darrang District. This costume is mostly worn by the women during the performance of the Deodhani Nritya on the auspicious day of Ma Manasha Puja,” says Kalpana.

The Deodhani dance is performed either solo or in a group of three to four women essentially on the occasion of the worship of Godesses Manasha. As per myth, Behula had to dance before Goddess Manasha in order to get back her husband’s life. The dancers wear Mekhela-Sador, the unique and traditional attire of the women of Assam. This ethnic ensemble is a two piece dress, with the mekhela being the lower part or the skirt from waist down, which is pleated in two to three folds. This is topped up by a blouse. The Sador is a longish piece of cloth, which is again wrapped very gracefully over the blouse and right across the front of the torso to be folded delicately into the mekhela. The motifs woven into the mekhela-sador are usually inspired by objects from nature, like birds, flowers, trees, etc.For Kalpana, this video has been a journey of some of the most coveted moments of her life. Says Kalpana, “I am launching my first International Hindi music album in order to reach out to the maximum number of music lovers around the globe. I am on a journey of evolution through this album. A tribute to Mother Earth, working on this album has been a major experience for me. Let us return to nature because only in nature can the spirit of mankind be found meaningful.”