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  • 24 Sep
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Are you a big-time fan of all the music festivals happening around the world? Are you bent on attending Tomorrowland or Coachella once in your lifetime? Though you definitely should, won’t you want a taste of how desi music festivals are like, boasting of indigenous cultural heritage along with the international flavor?

Rajasthan has been hosting music festivals for a few years now and even fewer people know about these. Here’s presenting an amalgamated list of 7 such indie beauties-

The Sacred

When: 12th – 14th October 2018
Where: Banks of Pushkar Lake, Pushkar

The Sacred festival features music from across sundry regions, meditation, workshops, yoga, food trails, and curated heritage walks in the ageless city of Pushkar. It is celebrating its 4th edition this year. It has a very enchanting line-up of the most talented classical music gems of our country and abroad. Bindhumalini & Vedanth, Bombay Jayashri, Debasmita Bhattacharya, Heather Lee, Nooran Sisters, Yulduz Turdiyeva are a few eminent people you’d get to hear the music from. This festival echoes spirituality and is consequently divided into three parts; Morning music, meditation and evening music. When the morning music is soul-soothing, the evening music is a soul-stirring experience.

Package starts from ₹8,000 for one day to ₹15,000 for two, per person. Catch a glimpse of the festivities here.

Jodhpur RIFF

When: 24th-28th October 2018
Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

RIFF or the Rajasthan International Folk Festival is one of Rajasthan’s most noteworthy folk festivals. It began in 2007 under the international patronage of the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and H.H. Maharaja Gaj Singh II. Held in the Blue City of Jodhpur, at the majestic 15th century Mehrangarh Fort which Rudyard Kipling referred to as “the work of angels, fairies and giants”. Jodhpur RIFF 2018 has a gathering of more than 250 musicians and performers from both India and abroad. International artists with local musicians create mesmerizing new sounds by mixing their musical geniuses. The festival has been labeled by UNESCO as a “People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development”.

The fest is timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Sharad Purnima. This year, Jodhpur RIFF 2018 will be held from the 24th – 28th October. The ticket costs around 4,974.13 to ₹12481.07 ($68.5-$171.88) per person, for just the festival. Entry to the fort & food has to be separately purchased. Enjoy the aura of Jodhpur in this trailer.

Udaipur Lantern Festival

When: 4th November 2018
Where:  Shouryagarh Resort And Spa, Udaipur

The biggest music-food festival of Udaipur is going to rock its patent city on Diwali. This beautiful city with lakes and green hills will witness the aura of enchanting music for the 7th time this year. It was celebrated in 2012 to commemorate the pious festival of Diwali. It was conceptualized by UdaipurBlog. The line up has not been revealed yet and therefore, tickets are not out yet. It has seen start performers like Papon, DJ Kavish and Swaraag last year. Gearing up for the line-up this year impatiently already. Details to be out soon. Meanwhile check-out this 2016 aftermovie.

Ragasthan

When: 23rd-25th November 2018
Where: Desert Glamping, Jaisalmer

Founded by Keith Menon, it has seen the unfaltering love of music enthusiasts and adrenaline-rush lovers. Rooted in the enormous dunes of the Thar desert is Asia’s very first desert camping festival. In its 3rd edition, Ragasthan dares you to go ‘been there, done that’! Amidst, more than 40 artists from across genres baring their souls out through their musical connotations, you get to be the best of yourself. With a line-up that includes the likes of Man.Goes Human, The Pirates, Cowboy & Sailor Man, it is one of the many Rajasthan music festivals that one shouldn’t miss. The ticket price ranges from ₹2,000 to ₹5,000. Get the essence to ‘unbelong‘ in this 2018 trailer.

NH7 Weekender

When: 1st December 2018
Where: Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Jaipur

This musical extravaganza doesn’t need any introduction. This multi-city music festival is conceptualized by ‘Only Much Louder Entertainment’ and happens to be one of the largest in India. The first of this fest dates back to 2010, in Pune. Here’s the lin-up for Jaipur’18 – The Local Train, Dualist Inquiry, Aswekeepsearching, Parvaaz, also Dhruv Visvanath. The tickets are priced at ₹449 per person. The festivities begin at 3 pm. Catch a glimpse here.

Magnetic Fields

When: 14th-16th December 2018
Where: Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati

The festival will witness its 6th edition this year. Magnetic Fields is globally recognized as a contemporary festival celebrating music and art. Consequently, it propels future-facing sounds from India and around the world. The primary objective of the festival is curating music. From including new sounds like folk music and jazz, and spaces like Magnetic Words (storytelling), Magnetic Fields has set the notch higher for any music festival in India. Therefore, is also counted among the world’s ‘best boutique’ festivals. Check here for accommodation pricing details. The tickets are priced roughly in between ₹14,000 to ₹68,000.

Udaipur World Music Festival

When: February 2019 (Dates to be out soon)
Where: Across Udaipur

These festive days will witness the magnificent performances of musicians from around the world. The 2nd edition of the festival is all set to thrill Udaipur and create new benchmarks in music. Organized by SEHER, this fest brings together maestros from more than 20 countries of the world. The festival is timed with the ending of winter and onset of spring. Therefore, to celebrate the vibrancy of Udaipur in spring. Look up to this space henceforth, for updated information. Catch hold of the vibrancy of the fest here.

World Sacred Spirit Festival

When: February 2019 (Dates to be out soon)
Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

This musical spectacle is mostly for the lovers of Sufi music. With Sufi poets illuminating the evenings with their enthralling pieces on love, life, and god, you will be sent on a spiritual journey towards self-discovery. Be intoxicated by live Ghazals, poems, Kafis that are legacies of Sufi maestros like Rumi, Hafiz, and Bulleh Shah. Tickets to this heart-stirring festivals will be out soon. Look up to this space henceforth, for updated information on the same. Enjoy the festivities of 2017 here.

 

In short, just as the international festivals are creating a buzz among young music lovers, we Indians are doing our bit too. In other words, don’t miss out on these indie experiences before heading out to international fests. Indian music festivals are going beyond foreseen limits to give you an experience of a lifetime. 

Furthermore, keep yourself hooked on to this space for many more upcoming blogs on music festivals happening in and around our country. So, obviously, stay tuned!

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