Celebrating World Music Day
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Music is exclusively celebrated across the globe on June 21st every year since 1982. This trend was started by Jack Lang, a french Minister of culture . Ever since that day the trend of this exciting celebration of Music has been followed across the World.
The day became so popular that each country started celebrating music in their own way. Music lovers organise concerts and it became great opportunity for young talents to showcase their music.
We are celebrating World Music Day this year indoors due to Covid 19, I felt like sharing something on music festivals in India. As I sit back reminiscing the heart throbbing melodies, fresh air and explorations I am transported back to the mesmerising beats.
Today I wish to share list of my favourite Music Festivals that enthral people in different Himalayan retreats. There are many festivals but I enjoy smaller and intimate festivals being hosted in the scenic locations for enjoying melodies.
Music moves you differently in different moods. My all time favourite Music festivals are the ones that are organised close to nature and picturesque locations as I find them healing and rejuvenating. For a music lover these offbeat music festivals are like pilgrimage.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
My favourite Music Festivals list is from celebrated Himalayan destinations.
Woods Talk, Rishikesh
The camping festival is held in March every year at Rishikesh in Mahadev Chatti woods. The Himalayan backdrop with natural foliage and gushing waters of Ganga lends added magic to music. The eclectic mix of live music, Electronica and folk is in keeping with this adventure heaven.
Gulmarg Winter Fest
The Gulmarg winter fest is a vibrant musical festival being held in snow clad mountains in the month of March every year. This musical potpourri enthrals the audiences with Classical, Folk, Sufi, Jazz, Blues, Indie, Rock and fusion genre. The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir valley washes over a sense of euphoria as the music flows.
Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Fest
Its mostly held in the month of April every year in the charming Himalayan town of Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. The location is Baikunth Resorts and the genre is folk rock, Electro Rock folk, Jazz and fusion. The setting is captivating with jaw dropping views of snowy mountainous landscape.
The three day fest Escape is held in the month of May and is a perfect getaway to Lake resort at Naukuchiatal for enjoying grooving music up close in pristine nature. The backdrop of stunning hills, emerald lake is an ideal setting for a music and nature lover. This creative retreat attracts amateur, upcoming and established music artists, bands promoting a melange of Jazz, Folk, Rock and Blues.
Shiva Squad Festival, Manali
This three day festival is held post monsoon in the month of September each year at Morpheus Valley Resort of Manali. The enamouring snow clad Himalayas and gurgling Beas River lends spiritual bend to this enthralling event. The genre is dominated by Trance, Psy-Trance, Jazz, fusion, classical and folk.
Ziro Music Festiva, Arunachal Pradesh
The most celebrated festival of Eastern Himalayan range is held in the month of September every year among misty World heritage site of Arunachal Pradesh. The soul captivating lush green valley with freshness of Pine scented air adds to the magic of this outdoor music festival.
Hornbill Festival, Kohima
The Hornbill Festival is the biggest cultural tourism festival hosted in the month of December at Naga heritage village, Kisama ahead of Kohima. The musical medley and folk concerts mark this cultural fest. The tribal vibrance is captivating and mood is upbeat with performances.
As we are all home bound due to Covid 19 enjoy your kind of Music or attend virtual concerts and groove your world while maintaining Social distancing. Share your favourite music with friends and family
Wishing a Happy World Music Day to all music lovers.
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe