In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” So pack your bags, and give into wanderlust this week as Indus Creed, Indian Ocean, Purbayan Chatterjee, Valentine Shipley, Sharat Chandra, Swanand Kirkire, and Jasleen Royal gang up to bring to you two nights of blissful acoustic music at Mandawa, Rajasthan. It is the ninth edition (and fifth year) of the Music In The Hills festival, an event that is slated for December 13 and 14. It is organized by the merchandize company Happily Unmarried and members of the band Parikrama.
The travel-centric festival aims to help about 300 loyalists break away from the monotony of their lives by amalgamating an exotic location with great food and good music. The setting is very quiet and intimate, unlike most music festivals. In the past, it has been a common sight to find musicians jamming at breakfast tables around receptive audiences. This year promises to be no exception.
As MTV Unplugged used to advertise in the early nineties, there is going to be “No light shows! No powerchords! Nothing but pure music!!” And here is what lead vocalist and principal song-writer of Indus Creed – the ever charming and witty Uday Benegal – had to say, “I am really looking forward to getting out with Indus Creed into the desert...um, hills...I mean desert (I think) for what promises to be a great festival. The Mandawa Fort is supposed to be pretty spectacular and making music in a desert (ya, it is the desert) is a thing we have never done before. It is not just thermals and down quilts—some whisky is going to be keeping us company. It is set up to be an intimate gig with a very chill vibe. We are going acoustic on this one, so will be drawing energy from the MTV Unplugged gig we did last year. I hope they have fed my camel well.”
Stoked, aren’t we? Great! Several packages are available on www.happilyunmarried.com/mih.html. Do not fear the unknown. Go, live for a while. It is for two days only. You are not likely to miss home. If you do, please know that sometimes it is best to believe that home is where the music is.
Article written by 2Blue
2Blue (aka Tirthankar Poddar) forayed into the Mumbai rock circuit in 2000. Having gained notoriety for his powerful high-pitched singing and on-stage charisma, he was soon invited to sing for Vayu. After 5 years in Vayu and countless monumental shows, 2Blue formed the hard rock band Zedde (pronounced z?d). Always a man for his heroes, the self-taught singer attributes his vocal prowess to his childhood heroes: David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio, and Bruce Dickinson. For him, if a thing was good once, it always is.