From taking the desert by storm to November rain, from South-east to the North-east, spanning over 4 cities, across different weathers and diverse cultures, music festivals are right up there on the ‘to do’ list for this month.
Operation desert storm: Pushkar Camel Fair
50000 camels from all over Rajasthan leave their footprints in the sand from October 31-November 6 with a riot of colours and music.
If you want to get in touch with Indian roots, this is one festival you shouldn't give a miss. The Pushkar Camel Fair offers a plethora of activities to partake in under the desert sun. Folk and classical music, a camel beauty pageant, camel races,art and crafts bazaar are just a few notable things that one will be able to witness at this big fat Indian festival. And if you’re feeling a little guilty for having too much of fun at the festival, you can take a dip in the lake on the full moon day(Kartika Poornima) to absolve yourself all of your sins.
Band Baaja: The South Asian Bands Festival
Purana Quila, Delhi will hold forth the South Asian Bands Festival from the 7th-9th of November, 2014. Bands from SAARC countries such as Bhutan’s death metal band-The Forsaken, Maldives-The Kinetic Operations, are set to spruce up the old fort with their new age music. Other acts include Alobo Naga and The Band from Dimapur in Nagaland who won the award for the best Indian act at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2012. This music festival aims at getting people get exposed to other cultures and music from other countries.
100 Drums: Wangala Festival
From a picturesque north-east you hear the enchanting sound of drumsbeckoning to you to come and join in the celebration of the post-harvest festival of Meghalaya's Garo tribe.
This traditional three-day festival is a thanksgiving ceremony to honour Misi Saljong (The Great Giver). Held near Tura in the Garo Hills during the second week of November,the headline of this festival is the Hundred Drum dance which is a culmination of the sound of 100 drums which is where this festival derives its name from. This dance is also accompanied by buffalo-horn trumpets, flutes and 300 dancers dressed traditional attires.
Life is a Highway: NH7 Weekender
This highway connects you to 4 cities wherein throughout the month of November this festival is being held. Thelineup features many international acts such as The Vaccines(UK), Cloud control(Australia), Mutemath(US) as well as many big local acts such as Raghu Dixit Project, Pentagram, Amit Trivedi to name a few. Various styles of music on 6 different stages ranging from heavy metal reggae to folk rock to EDM will have you spoilt for choice. NH7 Weekender boosts of having over 100 artists playing across these four editions and has great vibe and energy.
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