India Is there anything that good music can’t solve? I doubt there is. Whether you enjoy the electric waves or just the soothing classical music or something that falls in the middle, we have it all. Over the years, the number of music festivals being held all over the country is on a rapid spree and more the merrier. So, here goes our list of top 20 Music Festivals in India.
1. Chambai Sangeetolsav
Perhaps the most famous Music Festival in South India, the Chembai Sangeetolsav hosts the largest gathering of musicians flaunting their elegance in Classical Music particularly in the genre of traditional Karnatic music. Held annually in the divine abode of Guruvayurappan in Thrissur, the Chembai Music Fest is homage to Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar.
2. Ziro Festival
Arunachal Pradesh the Queen of the East has always been one to stand out. Ziro Festival is a four-day affair celebrating the local culture of the Apataani Tribe dwelling in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh and listening to the Indie Music coupled with the rich cultural legacy and scenic beauty of the East.
3. Freedom Jam
Ever wished to jam without any constraints? Then head over to dreamy Bangalore or sweet Pondy, because here you have the biggest opportunity to just make music. Every weekend the Palace Grounds in Bangalore Street flocks the gathering of musicians who love music for the sake of music. Or head over to Puducherry on a Republic Day Weekend and you can enjoy both the freedom of music and the sandy beaches with the annual Pondy Freedom Jam. You never know when the musician in you rises to shine.
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4. Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Rajasthan is known for her majesty and what is more fun than celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the land of Kings and Nobles. Every year the Mehrangarh Fort lights up in the month of October and focuses particularly on Rajasthan International Folk Festival. The ambience of the Fort and the internationally acclaimed artists add to the aura of the festival.
5. Mahendra Blues
The Blues know how to rock the world and you will know why if you pay a visit to Mumbai where there is definitely space for hard rocking. Mind blowing heavy metal and electric guitar is for that more mysterious music lover. In 2017, the Blues are returning with giants like Billy F. Gibbons & Eric Gales, Janiva Magness, Quinn Sullivan Shemekia Copeland and Graine Duffy Band. What more, this year the Blues are out to seek out young talents out there, with ‘The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2017’.
6. Storm Bangalore
Coorg brings forth her New Year, with a blasting ‘Storm’. Each year, the storm blows people out with their mind-blowing music and what makes it more special is the unique theme it adopts each year. Pack healthy for this camping experience; once in a lifetime event.
7. Nh7 Weekender
The OML Entertainment definitely knows how to blast. Every year from October to December the NH7 Weekender enjoy the music of legends like, A. R. Rahman, José González, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, The Wailers, Flying Lotus, Steven Wilson, Imogen Heap, The Vaccines, Megadeth and many more. The festival travels around the major cities spreading the love of music.
If you haven’t already booked your tickets then I am sorry guys, because Tomorrowland 2K17 is already sold out and that too in record time. Tomorrowland united in Hyderabad last year as an attempt to expand the live music space in India and so far, they have succeeded. This electronic music festival inspires one into, frenzy with music uniting with the soul.
9. Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival
If you want to enjoy the classical sounds of India, then what best option do you have than to head over to Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival in Pune? As the name suggests the stage is graced with the vocal elegance of those giants in Indian Classical Music and please come prepared for this three-day musical festival normally held every year in the first week of December.
10. Soorya Music Festival
The inspiring theme music of the Soorya Festival is itself a testimony to its musical quality. Usually held in the AKG Hall at Thiruvananthapuram, the Soorya festival is one not to be missed. If you have had your fill of music, then the dance performances by the venerated few is a welcoming change. Enjoy some classical acts at the Soorya Music Festival.