Events to look forward to in coming TRAVEL season!

Mark your Travel Calendar for these interesting line up of Cultural Festival across India like Shantiniketan, Odisha and Mumbai.

Poush Mela at Shantiniketan, West Bengal, December 23, 2015 as Indie is not confined to Electronic Guitars and turntables, this is a peak into the rich heritage of Bengal in particular and India in general. Most notably, Baul Music – an eclectic blend of folk songs relating to Bhakti Movement. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush, the fair officially lasts for three days, although vendors may stay up until the month-end. The key characteristic of this fair includes live performances of Bengali folk music, notably Baul music. Poush Mela is characterized by the live performances of Bengali folk music, especially the Baul music. It includes folk songs, dances and tribal sports. This fair offers a perfect insight of true heritage of the state. The students of Shantiniketan present their magnificent performance and make this festival more enjoyable and glamorous. Each day of this festival is filled with different activities. The last day of this fair is devoted to those who are related to Shantiniketan.

Indian Surf Festival (ISF) at Ramchandi Beach, Odisha in the first week of February 2016.

Indi surf fest

Not just for the music, but also simultaneously bask in the Sun at serene beach, go surfing and kite surfing, and for water yoga. Musically its last two chapters featured some of the country’s best less – known facts like Thaalavatam and Sitarsonic. The festival was curated by Bengaluru-based artist Vinay Pateel, who has been the Festival Curator since the second edition. The sweeping theme of the art was called Soul Flowers. About 30 flowers made out of bamboo were spread all over the festival, with a large central interactive installation. Motion controlled lighting on the installation engaged people one by one to play and express themselves through the flow of light that responded to their gestures.

‘A Rising Tide’ is a short documentary surf film, created by Indian surfer/filmmaker trio Tushar Pathiyan, Ishita Malaviya and Krish Makhija in association with Quiksilver India.

The Girl Power Zone was a special zone created to bring together female artists. Lizzy from Portugal, Nikkie from Odisha along with fashion labels Livingarts Lifestyles and Galang Gabaan. The geodesic domes made by Sebastian Vilarino from Argentina hosted the stage and performances. Sachin Shetty from Mumbai and Krilly from Australia made exquisite live paintings over the course of 3 days. BeeVee from Bengaluru had an exclusive Projection Mapping show visualizing the story of ISF Girl Power.

Mahindra Blues Festival at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai, Second week of February, 2016.

Mahindra Blues

The festival focuses on a genre of music which is slowly fading away from festivals radars: Blues. It’s no nonsense, and focuses only on best-known practitioners of Blues Music.
Known as Asia’s largest and finest Blues phenomenon, the Mahindra Blues Festival brings together some of the best Blues musicians in the world for two days of guitar-rippin’, soul-trippin’ music at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai.

Since its inception in 2011, the Mahindra Blues Festival has been instrumental in bringing down international Blues legends like Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr., Taj Mahal, and Walter Trout, among others, to Mumbai – fuelling a burgeoning interest in Blues music in the country. MBF has also become a great platform for Indian Blues bands to perform along with the best Blues musicians in the world. MBF was also nominated in 2014 for the ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award presented by the The Blues Foundation of America.
In 2015, MBF returned in its fifth year with a fantastic line-up featuring the likes of Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, Doyle Bramhall II, Rich Robinson, Nikki Hill, Thorbjørn Risager and The Black Tornado along with homegrown talent like Warren Mendonsa of Blackstratblues, The True School Experience and the winners of The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Get set for some super musical and cultural adventures!

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