If you didn't make it to the Coldplay concert where Chris Martin jammed with AR Rahman, even as Jay-Z wowed the crowd (we'll call the event by its proper name — the Global Citizen Festival India), the months of December and January have plenty on offer for the culture/live events junkie. From music to literature, poetry and art, there are a whole host of festivals — in a whole lot of locations — to look forward to (and attend). Here's a quick lowdown:
NH7 Weekender Pune
When: 2-4 December 2016
To be held from 2 December, the Pune edition of NH7 Weekender would be the concluding leg of the 2016 Weekender that began in Shillong over a month ago, before heading to Hyderabad. Nucleya, Steven Wilson, Parekh & Singh, Jose Gonzalez and Anoushka Shankar are set to perform in this three-day musical extravaganza, which is dubbed as the 'biggest music festival in India'.
Enchanted Valley Carnival
Where: Amby Valley City, Lonavala
When: 17-18 December 2016
Flo Rida, Farhan Akhtar and Papon are just some of the biggies all set to perform at the Enchanted Valley Carnival which is going to take place over 17 and 18 December 2016. The two-day musical extravaganza takes place in Amby Valley City, Lonavala. The music festival is held on an air-strip and will also have a camping spot and a flea market to go along with the weekend performances.
Serendipity Arts Festival
When: 16 -23 December 2016
Serendipity Arts Festival which takes place in December 2016 has something for everyone.The festival is set to bring together curators like Wendell Rodricks, Lilette Dubey and Dinesh Khanna who will showcase more than 40 visual, performing and culinary arts projects.
When: 28-31 December 2016
Bring in New Year's in style with the annual Sunburn festival in Pune (this year, the event has moved away from the sunshine state, Goa, where it has been held for the past nine years). Touted as the biggest and best place to party in India, the Sunburn music festival offers the perfect opportunity to listen to EDM masters and DJs from around the world, even as you soak in the party vibes. This year Armin van Buuren, Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas are scheduled to take the stage.
Jaipur Literature Festival
When: 19-23 January 2017
One of the most celebrated literature festivals in India, the Jaipur Festival is the world's largest free event of its kind. The prestigious event has announced ‘The Freedom to Dream: India at 70’ as its theme for its 2017 edition and will focus on seven decades of India as a democracy. The Pink City will host the five-day fest from January 19 to 23, 2017 at the Diggi Palace Hotel.
When: 21-22 January 2017
The two-day festival is held in Alibaug is set in a secluded spot and is noted for its bohemian, free spirited vibe.
The line-up this year features a medley of Indian and international independent artists, performing live original music. The artists performing this year are Bellatrix, The Fanculos, Mabassa among others. The genres will range from folk, jazz and reggae, to electro-pop, hip-hop and beatboxing.
The festival has gone in for a green, biodegradable look this edition.
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When: 27-29 January 2017
If you thought Goa was all about Sunburn, wait till you attend GOAT, a three-day boutique music and arts festival scheduled to take place in Goa starting from 27 January. The festival focuses on a fusion of music genres and artistes from around the world as well as showcase alternative India through art, design, fashion and gastronomy.
Organised by Goat Music, a London-based music and events agency founded by Dave Gaydon and Lou Birkett, the multi-genre festival will take place on the beaches of Ashvem and Morjim.
Leading the first announcement of acts is Gilles Peterson, a music connoisseur who has championed a global music perspective through his radio shows and label. Peterson is also the festival's artiste ambassador.
The Kabir Festival
When: January (dates not announced yet)
The two-day event in January will bring together folk artists and musicians from across the country. Poets, folk singers, documentary filmmakers and writers congregate to give us more insight into the folk culture across India.
Touted as the most original festival in India, the Kabir Festival, though only just started in 2011, has been gaining momentum ever since.
— With IANS inputs