The Best Music Festivals To Serve The Soul
As it is said, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’, ardent music lovers are always looking for opportunities to hear and participate in good music. What better way than to become a part of a music fest.
Here is a compilation of some of the most happening music fests in the country in the upcoming months.
- Mahindra Blues: For all the blues lovers, this is one promising festival to be held in Mumbai on the 9th and 10th February, 2019 at the famous Mehboob Studio. This musical extravaganza will have a line-up of acclaimed international artists like Charlie Musselwhite, Beth Hart, Sugarray Rayford, Brandon Santini and the Indian act by Arinjoy Trio. This is the ninth edition of the festival and is expected to enrapture the audience with the high octane but soulful performances.
How to reach: Tickets can be booked online. Mumbai is approachable both by road and by air directly. But tickets need to be booked in advance as Mumbai has heavy traffic all the time.
- Gulmarg Winter Fest: If you love music and want to enjoy it with snow-capped Himalayas in all its majesty as the backdrop, then this fest should be a must on your list. The Gulmarg Winter Fest is slated for 17-18 February in 2019. The musical potpourri includes famous artists from the world of Jazz Rock, Blues, Classical, Folk, Fusion, Indie and Sufi. The musical extravaganza can be enjoyed with winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow-biking, winter-dualthon, gondola rides and sumptuous Kashmiri food.
How to reach: Book your tickets online. From Srinagar, one can drive down to Gulmarg, which is 56 kms away.
- Woods Talk: If the rivers mesmerize you and you want to enjoy your music in the lap of nature with the mighty Ganga rippling down from the mountains, then the Woods Talk fest in Rishikesh is your go to festival this March. Based on the concept of camping festivals of the European countries, this music fest has a lot of adventure sports, water sports and hiking activities. Barbeques with bonfires and a luxurious spread of multi cuisine will satiate your taste buds too. Alpine tents with excellent facilities and extremely hygienic conditions will make your stay worthwhile.
Keeping in rhythm with its pristine surroundings, the music fest is an eclectic mix of both electronica and live music, with renowned as well as emerging artists showcasing their talent while entertaining you. Explore this unique music fest camping away in lush greenery away from the din of the city life, a treat to all your five senses.
How to reach: Tickets can be booked online. The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Dehradun, around 35 kilometres away. It is also a good drive down option from other North Indian cities and towns.
- Jahan-E-Khusrau: Three mystical evenings for all the Sufi music lovers at Arab ki Sarai, Humayun Tomb, Delhi, Jahan-E-Khusrau will be held from 9th – 11th March, 2019. Sufi artists not only from India, but the subcontinent and the world are going to cast a spell of magic and take you into a trance with the mystical sufi poetry and music. This event is held in commemoration of the great Sufi poet Amir Khusrau. It is believed that Khusrau held the first Qawwali at this place in Humayun’s tomb.
How to reach: Tickets can be booked online. Book your travel tickets for New Delhi to avoid last minute rush.
- Kasauli Rhythm and blue Fest: Let your auditory nerves have all the fun at this musical extravaganza in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh from 19-21 April. Organized by the Genesis Foundation with Jack Daniel’s at Baikunth resort, this festival is an assortment of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock music, Folk-Rock, Electro-Rock-Folk and Fusion. With the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks as a backdrop, listen to some of the established names as well as upcoming Indian artists. This festival boasts of some of the finest live performances every year. The purpose of this fest is to grow Genesis Foundation’s community of donors and well-wishers and the proceeds of the show are used to help the underprivileged.
How to reach: Donor cards have to be bought online. Nearest airport is Chandigarh and Kasauli is a 70 km drive down from here.