The Indian Music Festivals' Route - January-February, 2016

Have you seen the June-December editions yet? Well, what are you waiting for - head here and here!

Saptak Music Festival

When: 1-13 January, 2016

Where: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Genre: Classical

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Touted to be the world’s largest festival of Indian classical music, this big kahuna started all the way back in 1980! Expect to see performances ranging from classical music to classical and semi-classical dance forms as well.

Jaipur Literature Festival

When: 21-25 January, 2016

Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Genre: World Music

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Cometh sunset and the books go back to their shelves - 'tis the time for music, dance and food! Imagine sitting around a bonfire on a cool winter's night and listening Rajasthani folk musicians, soothing Sufi music and acoustic tunes. Sounds like a dream? Doesn't have to be - just pack your bags and go!

Ragasthan 

When: 11-14 February, 2016

Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Genre: Varied

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Music and film under the moonlight? Good. Camping while listening to mesmerizing tunes? Great. How about all this smack dab in the middle of the desert? Mind = Blown. They call themselves India's craziest music festival, and they're right - if all this isn't exciting enough, picture this: camels will be your mood of transport. How's that for crazy?!

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 

When: 6-14 February, 2016

Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Genre: Varied

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Perhaps the most loved cultural festival in the country, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a melting pot of music, dance, literature, theatre, architecture, cinema, food and heritage walks - was that a mouthful, or what? Since its inception in 1999, the festival has grown leaps and bounds and it attracts art lovers from all over the world! Aamchi Mumbai, here we come.

Mahindra Blues 

When: February (TBA)

Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Genre: Blues

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Since 2011, Asia's largest Blues festival has been compelling people to fall in love with soul-stirring, mind-tripping music drifting from the guitars of some of the best Blues musicians in the world. What's more...it has become a platform for local bands to perform as well. If you want to be transported into a completely different era, this is your chance!

Sula Fest 

When: 6-7 February, 2016

Where: Nashik, Maharashtra

Genre: Varied

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This annual two day-long music and wine festival has become a magnet for oenophiles and music-heads across the country. Starting off as a celebration for the company's 10th harvest, this festival even has interesting activities such as wine tasting and grape stomping. As they say, everything's better with wine!

Hill Top Music Festival

When: 12-14 February, 2016

Where: Vagator, Goa

Genre: Psy Trance

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Imagine being in Goa. On a hill top. With a view of the beach. And psy trance in the background. This boutique festival is the epitome of cool - the upcoming edition is even more special because it's the 5 year anniversary! Now, put on those dancing shoes and get ready for a party of a lifetime.

Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music 

When: February (TBA)

Where: Bengaluru, Karnataka

Genre: Varied

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This organic music festival attracts a small crowd but is an experience to remember! You'll be treated to a gathering of musicians, strumming away under a sprawling Banyan tree. What's more - all the proceeds from this festival go towards the education of Adivasi children of Kabini. Feel good music, feel good festival!

Crafted By, Gaya