Make some mu­sic this au­tumn

India Today - - BUZZ - Saranya Chakra­pani

Three days of en­chant­ing mu­sic and dance in the lap of blue hills is noth­ing less than plain bliss. And that’s why the sec­ond edi­tion of the Go Mad Fes­ti­val prom­ises to be big­ger, bet­ter and brim­ming with en­ergy. This year this cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza will fea­ture over 50 cel­e­brated artistes, in­clud­ing Parikrama, Agam, Soul­mate and Shobana, who will present the most ex­quis­ite ren­di­tions and per­for­mances at the breath­tak­ing 150- year- old her­itage build­ing - Fern­hills Palace. The palace is sceni­cally lo­cated 6,000 feet above sea level and spread across 50 lush acres.

Newer in­ter­na­tional bands all set to rock the show this year in­clude Jeremiah Fer­rai from Leigh, UK, Luke Jon Shearer from New­cas­tle Aus­tralia and Lo­ryn from Austin, Texas. Adding to the spec­tac­u­lar va­ri­ety are In­dian bands like the The Chronic Blues Cir­cus – one of Ban­ga­lore’s old­est blues bands, The Ska Vengers from Delhi, who blend ‘ ska’ rhythms with el­e­ments of dub, punk, jazz and rap, Bala Bhaskar - a vi­olin­ist com­poser and record pro­ducer from Ker­ala and The Vinyl Records, a four- piece girl band from Delhi, among oth­ers.

For those who wish to try a hand at per­form­ing arts them­selves, the fes­ti­val will in­clude gui­tar, photography and belly dance work­shops and biker’s pack­ages and camp­ing pack­ages for ad­ven­tur­ists and na­ture en­thu­si­asts.

To take the vis­ual ap­peal of the fes­ti­val up to a whole level, or­gan­iser Cobalt— a mar­ket­ing ex­pe­ri­en­tial com­pany has even set up a ver­dant back­drop with a bazaar, jam base, food court, drum cir­cle jam, bar in the woods and art in­stal­la­tions. So go on and make your next get­away to the hills a vi­brant cul­tural re­treat. For tick­ets and fur­ther de­tails, log on to go­mad­fes­ti­val. com. Dates Oc­to­ber 25 to 27 At Fern­hills Palace, Ooty

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