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  1. When it comes to Indian festivals, especially the ones in the summers, dressing right is very important. While we have some festivals that are celebrated on a grand scale, there are some that are more low-key and subtle celebrations. Festivals like Rakhi, are surely one of the major ones but when it comes to the outfits, choosing a light yet festive kurta is the key. To match the vibe of this important yet low-key festival, we have put together a list of 5 contemporary kurtas. These kurtas for men are not only perfect for Rakhi but also for any low-key ethnic occasion or festival. __ECOMLOOKS__1032__ __ECOMLOOKS__1033__ __ECOMLOOKS__1034__ __ECOMLOOKS__1035__ __ECOMLOOKS__1036__ Bonus Style Tips In the end, we would suggest that you keep your style super simple this Rakhi. Focus more on comfortable and breathable fabrics and stay away from unnecessary embellishments and heavy embroideries. Don’t forget about the accessories. Some mules or leather sandals will work best for a festival like Rakhi. Explore More View the full article
  2. Shehzad Hameed Ahmed wins awards in the categories of ?human rights? and ?human concerns?
  3. The 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been officially postponed over coronavirus
  4. If youâre in Delhi and looking to have an unforgettable weekend, thereâs a film festival brewing - with a rich and diverse selection of films from around the world. Now in season two of its fourth edition, the Navrasa Duende World Movie Festival has focused on revisiting world cinema classics. Several timeless films have been honoured at their screenings, where film-lovers and newcomers have been treated to the very best of cinema alike, in a variety of languages and genres - with more than a few hidden gems to add to your watched-list. Hereâs what the festival will screen this weekend, at the Siri Fort auditorium. Day One: 8th February 2020 (Saturday)10:30 A.M. - Lawrence of Arabia (English) The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. 03:30 P.M. - A Separation (Persian) A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. 06:45 P.M. - The Conformist (Italian) A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. Day Two: 9th February 2020 (Sunday)10:30 A.M. - 2001: A Space Odyssey (English) After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000. 03:00 P.M. - In The Mood For Love (Cantonese) Set in 1960âs Hong Kong, two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. 06:00 - Le Mepris (French) Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. The films are broadly selected through a surprisingly meticulous process. Divided into three ranges, Navrasa Duende chooses its films based on a scale weighing the artistic commitment of a film alongside its popular appeal - and the balance it strikes between those extremes. âThe festival is a moment to celebrate art and global community,â shares festival founder Dinesh Singh with The Indian Express. âMore than ever, we need to talk to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium to engage without prejudice.â You can purchase your tickets for the festival here. View the full article
  5. When we think of a vacation to Dubai, a whirlwind of thoughts cross our mind. Right from sunbathing at the Royal Mirage to experiencing the surreal Burj Khalifa, the city hosts some larger-than-life experiences. However, thereâs always more than meets the eye. This futuristic, multi-cultural city with a stunning coastline is a melting pot of festivities. When in Dubai, be rest assured that your bag will always be full of possibly everything from clothes to jewellery. What's more? Not only will you get to shop your heart out but also get a chance to win amazing prizes at the Dubai Shopping Festival. Yes! The Dubai Shopping Festival is back and itâs bigger and better this year, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. For those of you who don't know, the Dubai Shopping Festival is an annual month-long event complete with an outdoor stage for live concerts with international superstars, dazzling fireworks displays, citywide raffles, a whole host of events for the family and, of course, unbeatable retail experiences. For its 25th edition, DSF 2020 is reigniting the love for Souks in the city as the festival is taking place at Souk Naif, Souk Al Rashidya, and Souk Al Hamriya. While the festival in itself is as extravagant as they come, this year, they are pushing the envelope even further by offering prizes that will blow your minds. If you are there between December 26th 2019 and February 1st 2020, then all you need to do is shop. Itâs that simple! Even if you spend as little as AED 100, shoppers can go on to win a brand new car and not just any car but a Nissan KICKS. The promotion is raffle-based so every shopper has to enter it in order to win. But, thatâs not all. One can also stand to win 2.5kg of gold. Thatâs right, pure gold. In order to stand a chance to win, a limited amount of coupons are available for purchase online for AED 750. Once you buy that coupon, itâs a random raffle selection where the winner of 2.5kg gold bar will be announced on February 1st, live at 10:30 pm on Sama Dubai TV. So, if you are planning a shopping trip to Dubai or are already there, then head to the Souks because this festival can be your chance to win big! View the full article
  6. Music festivals are a dime a dozen these days, but often times it's very hard for the organisers to get things right. It takes a lot to blend the world of fantasy with powerful dance music, all while hosting a diverse crowd and world renowned artists. Sunburn's homecoming this year in Goa after many years promised all of that and then some. If you've attended any of the Sunburn events before then you already know that it's all about the music, the ambiance, the production, the vibe, and the overwhelming energy of the artists performing live. You can expect an incredible turnout bustling with energy. And that's exactly what this year's Sunburn was all about! © The Moneta Line Up That'll Leave You Spoilt For Choice This year's main stage saw some of the biggest artists in the world perform and turn it into the biggest party of the year. From Lost Frequencies, Jonas Blue and DJ Snake on Day 1 to Flume, The Chainsmokers, and Martin Garrix performing over the next two days, I think it's safe to say that the festival lineup left the audience spoilt for choice. It was truly incredible to see all the artists perform live. I think the old-school carnival theme was just perfect for this year. We'll get to the production part a bit later, but let's just say that it was fantastic. © Rudgr I am a huge fan of the young Belgian prodigy, Felix aka Lost Frequencies, and his set was among the best. As expected, he dished out thumping deep house with Like I Love You and Are You With Me. I also found myself spending a lot of time at the Psychedelic Circus Stage to jive to the sets by gems like Progressive Brothers, Shiva Manvi and more. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lost Frequencies (@lostfrequencies) on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:01pm PST Dj Snake was at his best too. His ultimate anthems and classics amidst a barrage of LED panels, strobes, pyrotechnics, fireworks, CO2 cannons, and lasers sure worked its charm on the crowd. Greeting fans with "Namaste" and closing his set with a positive message was what I'd say, the highlights of the festival. © RUDGR I couldn't get a chance to interact with DJ Snake since he was on a tight schedule, but I did sit down with the Australian Grammy Award winning producer Flume the next day before his maiden performance in India. "This is my time first performing in India, so I don't know what to expect from the crowd. But I've been told that the energy is really high, so I can't wait to go out there," he said just minutes before his performance. Flume, by the way, is really excited for his new album which he plans on releasing in 2020. He's also looking forward to some interesting collaborations next year, but we'll have to wait a bit to learn more about it. © MensXP While Flume didn't reveal much about this project, Ritviz, was super excited for his Sunburn set and revealed some of the things that he's working on. Before he pumped up the audience with his signature sound, he said that he's releasing a full album this year and he's super excited. "I am also working on music for a movie, but I can't talk about it yet," he said. The main stage also hosted some big names like Fedde Le Grand, The Chainsmokers, and more. The “Closer” and “Paris” hitmakers seemingly brought everything they had to the performance and the duo took us through the highlights of their discography. The third day of the festival was also buzzing with energy as everybody was waiting for the final performance of Martin Garrix to end the show on a high note. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Martin Garrix (@martingarrix) on Dec 29, 2019 at 10:10am PST The Sunburn performance was Martin's last show this year as he's taking a break for New Years. This is the first time he'll not be playing anywhere during the New Year's as he intends to spend some time with his family and friends. Garrix is a man who knows how to get the crowd moving and that's exactly what his performance was all about. A Circus Theme For The Ultimate Homecoming As I mentioned earlier, this year's Sunburn festival was based on a circus theme, and the entire arena was dolled up for the big celebration. With stellar production, six massive stages, assorted adventure zones, a lively flea market, a lip-smacking food zone and a dynamic camping site; the festival was truly lit AF. © RUDGR Karan Singh, the COO, Percept Live says, "We wanted to do something that's bigger and better than anything has never been done before, so that's what we came up with." This year, we also saw a brand-new underground music venture , the Solaris Stage host label showcases by Sin City and Vivrant with acts like Hosh, Jeremy Olander, Khen, Anish Sood, Ana Lilia, Marino Canal, Pierre Ravan and Greenage. The main stage had a completely different vibe on the last day when Maceo Plex, DJ Luciano took over people with their psychedelic sets. © RUDGR Overall, I think the Sunburn 2019 was quite an event. It definitely wasn't looking like a normal show where they'd put up a couple of stages with few random artists. "It has evolved into a cultural phenomenon, it's almost like a piece of art. Sunburn is really a next level festival," said Karan while talking about the three-day extravaganza. For me, personally, Sunburn was a magical mix of breathtaking production, brilliantly choreographed acts and a phenomenal lineup of artists. Obviously, nobody knows what to expect from the event next year, but in the meantime, you can check out other Sunburn gigs like Sunburn Arena, Sunburn Campus and more that keeps happening throughout the year. Sunburn is also getting into the live music space like Rap, Hip-hop, Pop. etc., so I've been told that we should expect more of that in 2020. View the full article
  7. Alright, folks! It's that time of the year. Yeah, 2019 is coming to an end and so is this decade. But we're talking about the Sunburn Music Festival, which is returning to its home in Goa for this year's annual bash. Sunburn, for those of you who don't know, is India's biggest electronic music festival. It's a place where some of the biggest names in the EDM world come together to bang out some of the finest tunes for you to enjoy. Sunburn is going big this year and there are a ton of things to look forward to. From some of the biggest artists in the industry to one of Asia's biggest production setup, the festival is truly shaping up to be an experience that'll keep you in the loop for quite some time. With that said, here are 4 things to look forward to at the Sunburn Music Festival 2019 in Goa. Goa!!! View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunburnFestival (@sunburnfestival) on Dec 19, 2019 at 9:49pm PST Having some great artists banging out tunes for you is one thing, but the venue makes a world of a difference. This year's 3-day bash is happening in Goa, which is simply awesome. With the abundance of sun and sea with brilliant electronic music, it's bound to be an enjoyable experience, right? Biggest Artists In The World View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunburnFestival (@sunburnfestival) on Dec 19, 2019 at 3:39am PST Sunburn Goa will have four different stages this year for over 100 DJs performing throughout the length of the duration. The main stage will see performances from the likes of Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, DJ FLUME, DJ Snake, and more. You'll also be able to experience live performances from other artists like Ritviz, Lost Frequencies, Laughing Buddha, Progressive Brothers, and more. It's going to be epic! Asia's Biggest Production Just imagine this - the sun setting across the horizon, as you're blitzed by lasers in every direction, a booming state-of-the-art sound system, mesmerizing visuals, and a massive stage featuring the world's finest artistes banging out some of your favorite tunes. Just book your tickets, already! © Sunburn After Parties With thousands of people attending over 3 days, you can be assured that the place will be packed with energy. And that's exactly why the experience is not limited to just the performances, but they also go beyond them. There'll be a slew of after-parties at 10 PM at 9 venues around the festival site. Sunburn is all about having a great time enjoying the music and the atmosphere. The experiences go beyond just the ones we've mentioned and there'll be a lot of things to look forward to like Festival Attractions, Campout Adventures, and more. This music festival keeps getting better every year, so we can't for December 26th. See you there! View the full article
  8. Multi-genre, multi-day and multi-stage - since its inception in 2010, Bacardi's NH7 Weekender festival has been a regular pitstop for artists, brands, promoters and audiences alike. This year however, marked an important milestone - the festival's tenth year - and an important challenge, as festival producers Only Much Louder (OML) braced themselves for the aftershock of an intensely exposed series of #MeToo scandals. Call it 'supporting the artists' or chalk it off to limited public memories - this year's festival proved not to just be an incredible success in terms of lineups, interactions and album launches - it also has the numbers to back it up. With a colossal footfall of nearly 70,000 people, just the festival bands alone, lined end-to-end, would literally break into the stratosphere. Establishing or emerging, the festival's artist lineup boasted over 100 artists in total - a far cry from 2010's 35-strong roster. One of the most common discussions in the days and weeks leading up to the Weekender revolved around the agonisingly difficult choices to make regarding which artists to catch - as several key performers' timings clashed. Fortunately this proved to be one of the better-planned-out parts of the festival, with contrasting acts scheduled alongside each other. Day 2's finale, for example, had Sufi legends Wadalis performing simultaneously with Swedish prog-metal superstars Opeth - as another stage bumped and grooved to Atlanta's hip-hop sensations, Earthgang. Choices confirmed, plans finalized and several meet-up promises made, we set off for three days of 2019's Weekender - after a decade in the making. Day One: Sunny Dispositions For anyone coming in from Delhi, Pune's bright, sunny weather is a far cry from the capital's recent smog-filled woes. Several artists were busy in the hours leading up to day one, performing sound checks, finalising on routines and coordinating with festival organisers. © Sharan Sanil Speaking of Delhi, the city kicked things off at the Casa Bacardi stage with dream pop/psychedelia outfit, Dee En - greeting streams of festival goers with hazy, laidback layers of synth and guitar. The intensity soon picked up over at the Doer's Club stage - with another Delhi-based takeover in the form of sufi-blues rockers, Faridkot. Definitely one of their best live sets yet, they drew in a sizable crowd as the sun began to set, playing bars from fan favourites like Laila. Prog/psych favourites Parvaaz also made their way through a thrilling 50-minute set, pulling in new songs from their recently released album, Kun. Despite some technical snags, they made it through - even bringing back performances from their debut EP, Behosh. © Agniprava Nath While rock dominated most of day one, the grand finale presented audiences with a difficult choice - either get into party-mode at the Breezer Vivid stage with Ritviz, or catch Irish indie-rock sensations Kodaline at the Bacardi Arena. We spoke to both extensively - while you can catch our exclusive interview with Kodaline here, Ritviz also had a few words to share on his musical journey. “I'm extremely excited for today, I've been looking forward to it for a while,” he shared, a few hours before going onstage. “NH7 every year is very special, y'know. This is my home ground, and where it all started for me… so every time feels like a step forward, but a reminder to me of how it all started. Very nostalgic.” © The Clique Photography The 23 year-old producer also shared a few memories back from his first performance at a Weekender, during the aftermath of his 2017 mega-hit, Udd Gaye. “I had a show in Hyderabad the night before, and nobody turns up. We had just hit about a million views on Udd Gaye, and I was pretty confident that people are going to come. That was when I realised, 'I need to humble myself down. Koi nahi aane wala hai, koi nahi sunne wala hai.' And I had NH7 the next day, I think it was the 6 PM slot and I was extremely nervous, since I had prepared a set and everything. I go up on stage. To my surprise, there's 3,000 people up there, and I still haven't processed it that they're there for, well, me! Then I went up and announced that I'll be playing a new song - not even Udd Gaye - and I was amazed that I could hear people singing the lyrics. As for the former - I played it towards the end of the set, and it was just crazy.” It was at this point that we also noticed what several fest-goers were comically referring to as 'The Real Weekender' - on leaving the venue at Pune's Mahalaxmi Lawns, not only did the thousands of attendees have to trek for at least half an hour to find reasonably priced transport - they also caused a traffic jam that gave Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore a run for their money. I personally recall escaping the chaos in a rickshaw - packed to the brim with eight passengers. © Sharan Sanil Thankfully, anything's fun with the right company. Day Two: What To Pick? As we mentioned earlier, day two was destined to be something of an existential crisis as far as lineup choice went - was I to stick to my old-school preferences for metal, or follow a newfound romance with sufi and more indigenous forms of music? The question bumped around in my mind as afrobeat hits Kokoroko pulled us into a serene hour-long set. © Agniprava Nath Regardless of the latter, most of this Saturday turned out to be open season for hip-hop, and particularly metal fans, who headbanged late into the evening through several bands. © Jishnu Chakraborty Many of these, along with rap outfits such as Enkore and the Gullygang Showcase featured artists from Mumbai - which clearly took over the festival's throne from Delhi's day-one roster. As the finale acts lined up through, I found myself dragged towards a completely unplanned and unintended final choice - Wadalis. Educated by a dear friend, I learned of the rich sufi legacy left behind by the Wadalis brothers - the younger of which tragically passed away last year. The group is now led by the near-80 year old Puranchand Wadali, and his son, musician Lakhwinder Wadali. View this post on Instagram Hey. Last night at Pune ... #lakhwinderwadali A post shared by Lakhwinder Wadali (@lakhwinderwadaliofficial) on Nov 30, 2019 at 7:34pm PST It didn't take much convincing - soon we found ourselves within the first few rows, syncing our feet and hands to the alap and taans, brought alive by father and son. Far off in the distance though, you could hear the distant roars from Opeth and Earthgang's performances. © Jishnu Chakraborty + The Clique Photography While I'm sure both were stellar, I have to say that the Wadalis put together one of the greatest live performances I've seen in my ten years of attending concerts - along with one of the most receptive and engaging audiences as well. Day Three: With A Bang, Not A Whimper Through some miraculous combination of well-timed sleep, prior planning and energy drinks, we seemed to have plenty of fuel in the tank left over for the Weekender's grand finale, and we were going to need it. With most fans worn down from two straight days of partying, it was fortunate that Sunday's early shows were chilled-out, laidback affairs. Things began to pick up as the evening rolled in - with multilingual hip-hop masters Swadesi taking up the Breezer stage. © Instagram/Swadesi/@1mrigank Swadesi, which combines several regional languages to form socially-charged lyrical bangers, flipped the mood around with powerful statements on current socio political crises within the country - before introducing the world to their brand new album, Chaitavnti. MCs Mawali and Todfod spoke to us just before heading onstage - the duo slinging bars in Marathi and Gujarati, respectively. “It's good man, we're really excited,” chimed in MC Mawali. “It's our first ever set with live instruments - little bit nervous! *laughs* But it'll go well. We're proud of all the songs we're performing today, they're all new - none of them are out yet, this is exclusive shit, bro.” Long associated with movements of free-speech and conservatism, he continued with a special message for their fans, “I want them to stay true to their roots. Listen to good music and don't follow commercial and fake things, man. Eat good food and good fruits, stay natural *laughs*. Don't get artificial, man.” In contrast to Swadesi's raw, firebrand style, the Doer's Club stage saw Sandunes light up the stage with a minimalist, delicate and intricately crafted set, named Hand of Thought. © Jishnu Chakraborty Finally, the curtain closed on the festival with multi-platinum selling Aussie musician, Nick Murphy, better known as Chet Faker. © Sharan Sanil Although the absolutely immense crowd he drew made it hard to catch a clear glimpse of the man himself, he spent most of his set belting out hits such as Gold and No Diggity - occasionally joined by Dr. Aneesh Pradhan, a student of the legendary tabla artist, Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. It's been a long ten years - and beyond just the music, a world of change and evolution for the men and women that made the Weekender become what it is today. “Over the last ten years, we've built a passionate, seasoned and highly competent team of professionals who work together to overcome any obstacles that may come our way,” shared Sameeksha Uniyal, a representative for Bacardi, the festival's sponsor since its inception. With newer, more intimate festivals planned, the future looks bright for India's music and culture venues - and we can't wait to find ourselves once again in Pune for NH7 Weekender, 2021. View the full article
  9. This weekend, the city of Pune saw thousands of young music enthusiasts pouring in to catch their favourite artists at the 10th edition of the NH7 Weekender - one of Indiaâs biggest music festivals. Many such groups use budget hotel bookings as a way to affordably and conveniently plan their stays - although several of them were in for a rude shock as the festival kicked off this Friday. âI booked this hotel 4 months prior,â explained Simran, a guest of Gurugram-based hotel chain FabHotels. âA lot of people come to Pune for the Weekender so I wanted to plan my stay before the world did so I could book with convenience and within budget. I had a confirmed booking since Day 1 but I still called them on 24th November to double-check. Everything seemed fine. Got an email and a text on 27th with further details about my stay.â The trouble began early this Friday, when customers such as Simran arrived at their hotels, expecting a fresh room to use as a basecamp for a fun, exciting and long-awaited festival. Upon arrival however, FabHotel customers were appalled to find out that their bookings were fraudulently cancelled. Caption: A screenshot taken during what was supposed to be check-in time. Notice how the booking is accepted, then almost immediately cancelled with no intimation. Reminds me of certain cab drivers. âI get to the hotel and turns out it's not a FabHotel anymore. The guy at the reception says I don't have a booking there. They ask me to call Fab, and talk to them.â What ensued was a customer-service nightmare. âFrom noon to around 4:30 in the evening, I constantly keep calling the helpline,â she continues. âThere's a 10-15 minute hold. It connects, and I explain my situation to the executive. He says that my booking was changed and he has shared the updated information with me. I check my email and it's the exact address that was originally shared. I'm obviously furious so I tell him this, and he hangs up on me. I call again. Another 10 mins hold. I connect with another executive and I start from scratch. He is confused so he puts me on hold again. Call drops. I call again. This goes on for 4 hours. Rinse and repeat.â A great number of attendees of the music festival could be seen dragging their suitcases in search of alternative accommodation options. Most of these were expensive due to high demand, forcing customers to spend an extra 50% of what they had previously budgeted - a truly painful cost to incur during the month-end crunch. FabHotels responded by asking customers to âtreat this as an exception.â ââKindly treat this as an exceptionâ is really too much to ask for. Also, this has happened to a bunch of other people so how many exceptions is FabHotel expecting the world to made? I would really like to know,â fumes Simran. FabHotels eventually produced a statement when prompted - although the lack of clarity is telling. âWe disassociate with some of our partners if they do not match up to our quality,â said Anupam Sharma, a representative of FabHotels. When questioned over accommodating the customers who made bookings in advance, FabHotels had no response. However, Stay At Home, a former partner with FabHotels, said that it wasnât a quality issue, but that they did not make payments in time that forced the apartment owners to stop working with the institution. âThey defaulted numerous payments. They were focusing on discounts and not giving us the money in time. We stopped giving them booking about six months ago,â said a service apartment owner. As of now, FabHotels currently advertises âupto 60% offâ its bookings. These issues were primarily concentrated in Viman Nagar, an upscale residential neighbourhood in East Pune which was the prime choice for festival attendees due to its proximity to the venue and its large concentration of hotels. âWe had a group who made an advance payment of Rs 29,000 through FabHotels but we had no idea about it. About 5-6 groups have come to us today,â said a service apartment owner in Viman Nagar. The hospitality industry in India is worth above Rs. 7,000 Cr, 70% of which comprises of budget hotels. Several new chains have sprung up in recent years, such as Oyo and Treebo - both of which have secured millions of dollars in funding from Chinese and Japanese investors. FabHotels themselves have raised Rs. 54 Crore from Goldman Sachs, Accel Partners and Qualcomm earlier this year - although it seems like that money isnât being used responsibly. Caption: FabHotels has recently been pushing on social media marketing - roping in popular influencers to showcase their hotels. âThe least they could do is give us alternate accommodation. Or maybe just not scam people like this? That'd help. You cannot ruin my weekend and ask me to stay fab,â concluded Simran. View the full article
  10. We Indians are very proud of our festivals and how we celebrate them. That's perhaps why even when Indians move out of their homeland, their festivities also tag along to the new geolocation they call home. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that India seeks no inspiration from the popular La Tomatina Festival of Spain. That's because India has its own desi version of the festival but the only major difference is that instead of tomatoes, this festival is celebrated using fresh gobar or cow dung. Yeah, holy shit! So in the southern village of Gumatapura in Tamil Nadu, an annual festival named Gore Habba is celebrated post-Diwali wherein people play with cow dung because they believe it brings 'good health'. Let them Festive Faeces Fly! Cow dung fight in India brings 'good health'https://t.co/X7hPHucK6n pic.twitter.com/ImWQy4IlVy — RT (@RT_com) November 5, 2019 In a video shared by RT, we can see how the villagers are jumping into a pool of cow dung and making merry smeared in dung, as happy revellers look on and celebrate. The locals believe that cow dung has healing properties and can cure several diseases, and hence the involvement of cow excreta doesn't bother them or stop them from participating. One reveller named Prabhu told RT that, “Cow dung is very natural and has a lot of medicinal benefits. Others might say if we throw cow dung at each other we will get some infections or even some disease. But with the trust of our god Beereshwara, we are playing in the cow dung, so nothing happens to us.” He also shared that the festival promotes inclusivity, as anybody from any religion and caste can participate in this festival, though no women were seeing participating in the festival. Any takers for the festival? View the full article
  11. While some of us do whatever we can to save street dogs, Nepal goes a step further and celebrates them though a festival. Yes, that's right! A five day festival called 'Kukoor Tihar' (festival of dogs) has begun this week and our Diwali, also Sunday, marked the second day of the festival. The entire festival is dedicated to dogs and honouring their presence and I think it's time we learn a thing or two from the Nepalese. (BCCL) India is quite apathetic towards animals in general and we don't have the empathy required to give our street animals or even our wildlife a second thought. Case in point, Diwali this year, where after the government made it mandatory to not burst crackers before 8pm and after 10pm, numerous people still indulged in it, risking the safety of street dogs around them. Apart from the harmful effects fireworks bring to the environment, they're also both physically and psychologically detrimental towards animals, especially street dogs who live on roads. But people didn't care much about their presence and after incessant fireworks on Diwali night, many dogs were left shivering out of fear. (c)Nepal Travel Adventure Nepal, on the other hand, celebrate their dogs in a wholesome way. In fact, they worship their dogs during the Tihar festival, while garlanding them, putting a tikka on them and giving them food. For the Nepalese, dogs are sacrosanct because of religious purposes. They happen to believe dogs are messengers of Yamraj (the God of death) and the ceremony conducted for the dogs is an attempt to appease the God. Both street dogs and pets become a part of the festival and have an entire week dedicated to them. Here's a glimpse from the festival: Kayle, bcause calling him 'kaley' could be racist!? He's the grandson of kuchu & still lives with us. Has his bih living with us too, Sweety. She might be due in few months. His mom aka Kuchu's daughter 'Motie' went poila after giving birth to Kayle.... he balls nmw.#kukurtihar pic.twitter.com/Aju3A3JEQq — pukay (@pukusubedy) October 27, 2019 Acknowledging all the joy she gives in our life â¤ï¸#kukurtihar #humanbestfriend pic.twitter.com/NIxai3lvqG — Priyanka Budhathoki (@bpriyanka111) October 27, 2019 Kukur Tihar is tommorow. The day we worship all dogs. Give blessings to your dogs. pic.twitter.com/3P5dElE79X — A happier day (@AHappierDay) October 26, 2019 Whether or not U believe in #Dogs, this little #Nepalese tradition will restore some of yr faith in humanity. Each year, on 2nd day of 5-day Diwali celebrations in Nepal, they celebrates #KukurTihar or “day of dogs” by worshipping man's four-legged friend https://t.co/H9Kh8DOltB — JyotsnaDeviMardarajHarichandan #Odisha (@jyotsnadevi33) October 26, 2019 Back in the Netherlands for Deepavali; celebrated Kukur Tihar or Dog Festival as per Nepali tradition today putting tika on the forehead of our dogs, garlanding then with marigolds and giving them treats pic.twitter.com/dBwXWP9wVZ — Venu Rajamony (@venurajamony) October 26, 2019 Anyways here's a photo of my dog in #KukurTihar pic.twitter.com/cBEQ5sGiLi — à¤à¤¯à¥à¤· राठमाननà¥à¤§à¤° (@AayushMndhr) October 27, 2019 Happy kukur tihar! Look at my babiess they so cuteð#Tihar #KukurTihar pic.twitter.com/FB8wFrHoIY — Follow-Find rista ðããã (@EvaluaTing98) October 27, 2019 Happy #KukurTihar pic.twitter.com/HFZqAuXsZN — Neeloo Sherpa, IPS ð®ð³ (@Neelsher) October 26, 2019 Happy Kukur tihar mero Puntey ðð Thankyou for everything that you've done for us. I wish you great health and long life. #KukurTihar #missingHome pic.twitter.com/p3XAPyiC1j — Darshana Gurungð³ðµ (@Darshnagr8) October 27, 2019 While worshipping cows is big in India, an attempt to treat all animals equally is fairly important. Even though cows are worshipped and cared for religious and economical purposes, we should develop a sense of empathy towards the four legged and give them equal respect and admiration. Nepal is a good example of the same and maybe we can learn how to be more empathetic towards animals from them. View the full article
  12. Most of us grew up listening to a set list of musicians whose music we still follow. While not every guy would have listened to artists like Katy Perry, they were exposed to her music either through their girlfriends or sisters before she became someone they all had a crush on. And who would miss a chance to go see their childhood crush perform her chart-topping music? After multiple successful launch events and pop-up shows in India, OnePlus decided to further show their appreciation for their biggest audience by organising a music festival unlike any other. OnePlus Music Festival has one of the most prominent line-ups amongst any concert India has seen, after Justin Beiber and Coldplay. View this post on Instagram Tickets live now! A mix of prime international and Indian artists in a music setting never seen before in India. This is an immersive music experience curated and designed by OnePlus. Watch @katyperry, @dualipa, @ameet_trivedi, @vizdumb, @thelocaltrain and @aswekeepsearching live at #OnePlusMusicFestival. Get your tickets now using the link in our bio! #opmf ð¸ð©‍ð¤ð§ A post shared by OnePlus India (@oneplus_india) on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:35pm PDT The festival which will take place at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai on November 16, 2019, is being headlined by pop-star Katy Perry. But that is not all, as the event will see the perfect mix between Hindi and English music catering to all music lovers. Along with Katy Perry, another big star that will be up on the stage is New Rules singer Dua Lipa. She is a new yet big name in the pop music industry which makes this a huge attraction for millennials. The line-up also includes names like Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and Aswekeep Searching which makes this event bigger than anything else in the country. While there is no news on who will be hosting the festival or in what order these artists will perform, but with the festival just a month away, people are really excited. The tickets are on sale and range from Rs 3500 for the bronze section, all the way up to Rs 7500 for the gold. There are also separate areas for Super Fans and VIPs but those tickets are not available on Insider. A lot of the sections are already sold out and the rest are running out fast. So, as the OnePlus Music Festival approaches, are you ready to see Katy Perry roar on stage?
  13. You have to admit that at times, festivals do seem like an exaggerated excuse to bring our entire clan together under a single roof. Amidst loud conversations, elaborate feasts and unending rounds of fun and frolic, festivals turn into a celebration of togetherness in many ways. Yet, if there's one thing that we can't overlook about every festival we celebrate in India, it's that all of them hold meaning and a reason behind them. Think of any festival, and you will find that there is actually a reason why we celebrate it. (c) Twitter Just the same way, the holy month of Ramzan has culminated into this day-long celebration, as the Muslim community gets together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today. Eid-ul-Fitr, which means the "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast", marks the end of Ramzan, and is celebrated all over the world by the followers of Islam. (c) Twitter Many might not know this, but Eid-ul-Fitr is actually a festival that is celebrated over a period of three days. On the morning of Eid, the entire family gets together over breakfast, which also serves as their first day-time meal after a month! Then, after visiting the mosque, a great feast is laid out for everybody to enjoy together amidst greetings of Eid Mubarak floating around, and demands of Eidee interrupting every other conversation. (c) Twitter However, there is more to this sweet festival, which is robust and community-centred in a lot of ways. While most of us look forward to all the good food and feasting that is synonymous to Eid, we often miss out on this underlying goodness to the festival. More than anything else, Ramzan, followed by Eid-ul-Fitr, is also about giving to others and sharing with others. Therefore, charity becomes an important part of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. (c) Getty Images Many Muslims happily choose to donate different kinds of food and material goods to the poor. This form of charity is called sadagah al-fitr, and is often undertaken in the hopes to ensure that everyone who is observing the month of Ramadan fasting can enjoy a special meal on the occasion of Eid. (c) Twitter From new clothes to heartfelt good wishes and blessings from elders, as well as all the food, feastings and frolic that accompany this festival, Eid-ul-Fitr is indeed a happy occasion meant for one and all who wish to join the celebrations. Here's wishing everyone Eid Mubarak on this happy occasion.
  14. More often than not, the busy travelling schedule of the members of the Indian cricket team does not allow the Men in Blue to stay at home during major festivals, surrounded by their loved ones, their friends and family. A couple of years ago, the captain of the Indian side, Virat Kohli, while sending his wishes for the festival of colours in 2017, he said that his Holi would be spent on the road as the roster was going to Patna for a series. Happy Holi everybody. Have a great day today ðð¼ð. Please make sure no harm is done to the animals on the streets. God Bless all. pic.twitter.com/3a3NbUib0a — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 13, 2017 Holi 2019, however, could not have come at a better time. There was a small gap between the tiring ODI series against the visiting and the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the festival fell on such a day that all the cricketers of the Indian squad were at home, happily celebrating the festival of 'good over evil' with their loved ones. "Happy Holi to everyone! Let's celebrate the vibrant hues, the beautiful relationships and the joyous laughter," Virat Kohli wrote in a Tweet. Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently in India preparing for the IPL, shared an emotional post on Instagram. While celebrating the festival with his mother, 'Gabbar' expressed his joy of watching his kids get in on the fun, thousands of miles away, in Australia. View this post on Instagram My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot! Happy holi from our family to yours. ð #HappyHoli #HoliCelebrations A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) on Mar 21, 2019 at 1:19am PDT “My festivals brighten up a little extra thanks to these colourful memories. Missing my munchkins a lot,” said the Delhi Capitals skipper. “Happy holi from our family to yours.” Mayank Agarwal, another athlete who had a great start to his international cricketing career in the first days of 2019 in his debut against the Australians on their home-turf, also shared a vibrant photo from yesterday's celebration: Here's wishing everyone a Happy Holi! May you have a colourful year ahead!#HappyHoli pic.twitter.com/S3HLk5cf3u — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 21, 2019 Some of the major franchises of the IPL too sent their best wishes to the world on the joyous occasion: Yeh din hai rangon ka, yeh din hai khushiyon ka! #HappyHoli, Royals family! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/TCY6oUExkt — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 21, 2019 Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? ð#HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Saareyan nu Holi diyan lakh lakh vadaiyaan. ð¨ Here's wishing everyone a very #HappyHoli from the KXIP family. ♥#SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/6pPAx5yAcm — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 21, 2019 Let the colour for this Holi be ð!#HappyHoli and have a safe one!#KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/CwbsBwmevG — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 21, 2019
  15. The festival of colours is upon us. According to Hindu mythology, Holi symbolizes the victory of good and the end of evil. Celebrated with 'rang and bhang', there is a hint of craziness in the air around which all is forgiven and new friends are made. We love to keep our smartphones at home for once, get out into the streets with packs of colourful power (herbal, hopefully) in our pockets, and paint each others' faces with different shades. It seems as if the fondness for the festival has grown beyond Indian borders as international cricketers have been found to be enjoying looking like a rainbow, plastered with vibrant Holi colours. In 2017, former Australian cricketers-turned-commentators Brett Lee and Mathew Hayden were visiting India for a Test series between the two top teams of the game at that time when Hayden tweeted this photo of him and his former teammate, completely drenched and dipped in colours. Messed up and loving it!!! #HappyHoli @BrettLee_58 pic.twitter.com/N4pEtyIDl2 — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) March 13, 2017 Righty batsman, Michael Clarke too was in the country back then and had decided to spend the day with some of the local families. Dressed in the perfect costume for the occasion, Clarke posed for this shot in a white kurta. Happy holi!! Enjoying celebrating with some local families. ðð»ð pic.twitter.com/qlYS83pnb9 — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 13, 2017 Windies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin also seems to be a big fan of the festival. He decided to show his affection for the tradition in a mild manner with his family. Playing holi today with the family pic.twitter.com/H6GPAa6cah — Denesh Ramdin (@shotta8080) March 13, 2017 Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell was also unable to control his temptation and joined in on the celebration with his Kings XI Punjab teammates during the 2016 Holi at his hotel. Turns out Maxwell is also a seasoned 'Bhangra' dancer. Happy #Holi! A special edition of Maxi's Blog coming soon! pic.twitter.com/K6xgRhQkS0 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 24, 2016 Holi seemed to be really popular amongst the Kiwis as well, all the way back in 2011 when the entire New Zealand roster threw the festive colours at each other in the stands during a practice session.
  16. When the 'Gully Boy' trailer dropped, no one had a doubt about the fate of the movie because when you combine the vision of Zoya Akhtar and the brilliance of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, you get nothing short of perfection from it. The movie opened at the ongoing Berlin Film Festival and in a record time of just 4 minutes, all the tickets for the premiere were sold out. Needless to say, the audience cannot stop raving about this masterpiece, calling it Ranveer's finest work till date. #GullyBoy is an excellent, excellent film! There is no better director than #ZoyaAkhtar at the moment. An absolute must watch. @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 #Berlinale2019 — Aryaman Bhatnagar (@aryaman89) February 9, 2019 About #GullyBoy I'm gonna say something. There are yearly 400 movies at the Berlinale. I choose every edition to see 30-35. I chose Gully Boy because it was from India ð®ð³ and they are making great movies in the last years. I had no clue what the movie was about. What a present ⤠— Carlos Grau (@cineypoesia) February 10, 2019 Ranveer and Alia ka 'time aa gaya hai' and everyone is convinced it's the best movie of the year. #ApnaTimeAayega starts on screen and the audience matches the beats with their rhythmic applause #GullyBoyInBerlin #gullyboy - that says what this movie means to today's generation — Samir Bhamra (@phizzical) February 9, 2019 Watched the world premier of #GullyBoy @berlinale . Intense movie, strong characters, emotional , focused direction, different narrative, superb direction, @RanveerOfficial intense role, gripping performance, @aliaa08 show stopper, #ZoyaAkhtar, brilliant, @ritesh_sid innovator, — Chaitanya Prasad (@Chatty111Prasad) February 10, 2019 Gully Boy is going to be one cult classic, let alone the best film this year, and it's just February. Trust me, it's just sick. ♥ï¸ð #GullyBoy #Berlinale #RanveerSingh #AliaBhatt — Ranjeet Devckar (@devckar) February 10, 2019 The movie releases this Friday, so make sure that your Valentine's Day plans are set in stone about this movie date that needs to be on your calendar for sure.
  17. The Sunburn Festival 2018 is on right now and we're having a blast. In the midst of all the amazing music, we got a chance to interview the legendary Armin Van Buuren. We asked him a lot of questions and he had answers for everything. Not just that, he was pretty candid about what he likes. The one question we thought would have him stumped was about his favourite Indian DJ. But, when you've been in the game as long as Armin has, one thing is for sure, talent recognizes talent. He had a straightforward answer for the question. No, it's not one of the people you would think. Here are snippets from the interview: Q: Who are you crushing on? AVB: Sandra Bullock in Bird Box. Q: A rumour about you that isn't true? AVB: That I earned $15 million in one year. And that, I have a private jet. I don't! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) on Dec 30, 2018 at 6:20pm PST Q: The funniest pickup line used on you? AVB: How would you like to do an extended set at my place? Q: Who's your favourite Indian DJ? AVB: Ritviz. In fact, Armin loves Ritviz so much he even included his song 'Barso' in his set. Now that's some compliment!
  18. Yes, it's a music festival and the number one reason to visit Sunburn is for the music. But sometimes, just sometimes, it can get a little too much, right? Don't worry, you won't have to leave the festival if you want a little break. There is a bunch of other stuff you can do there too. Here are a few of the activities you can partake in if you're looking for a break from the music: The Monster Remember how much fun we used to have jumping around a bouncy castle when we were kids? Too bad we grew up and aren't allowed to get on the bouncy castle anymore. Luckily for us though Sunburn is introducing us to the Monster. Source: Sunburn Festival A 300-meter castle with 40 obstacles that would be every kid's and even every adults dream. If you ever wanted to feel like a kid again, this is the perfect opportunity. Aqua Roller So what if it's winter. There's never a bad time for a quick dip in the pool. The days are quite pleasant even in December in Pune and you may come across multiple opportunities to enjoy a quick dip. Source: Sunburn Festival Not just any dip, a dip in the Aqua roller. The inflatable rollers make this pool all the more better. Kick Consider yourself to be as good as David Beckham? Think you have the precision to score a free kick from anywhere in the attacking third? Well, with Kick, you get a chance to prove your mettle. Source: Sunburn Festival This amazing game combines darts with football for a unique opportunity to have some fun. If your legs haven't started shaking to the music yet, perhaps you could get them moving here? Hot Air Baloon How many of us have actually been in a hot air balloon? We've certainly seen people flying in hot air balloons on the television. But, being in one yourself is a completely different experience we're sure. There's nothing like seeing the entire Sunburn Festival from high up in the sky. If you are an adventure seeker, be sure to give this one a shot. Twin Cycle There will eventually come a point when you're tired of walking. This is where the twin cycle comes into play. If everyone got regular cycles, it would have been fun too. But, with the twin cycle you and a friend get to cycle around together. Source: Sunburn Festival And if you're worried about looking good while cycling around the festival, don't. The LED lights have got you covered. It will be a ride to remember. We promise.
  19. Year-end festivities are around the corner as we approach the last few days of 2018. RED FM's Riders Music Festival kick-starts the party season for merrymakers at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from December 22. The two-day festival identifies itself as a one-stop destination for both the biking and the non-biking community. After last year's shenanigan's, the set is even bigger than the previous edition. The Weekender promises to be an action-packed event with multiple stage setups that offer high-quality live music, food, beverages, adventure, motorcycles and much more. As for the music aficionados, here's what they can look forward to: Mame Khan © YouTube Mame Khan is known for his traditional folk and Sufi songs. His Coke Studio hit Chaudhary is especially popular among young fans. Burudu © Facebook/Official_Burudu It is powered by a two-man army, Nakul Sharma, and Sahil Bhatia. They got together in early 2013 to create a sound that brings together their influences from deep house and chill out music and combining them with the space of more post-rock and ambient sounds. Raja Kumari © YouTube She is an Indian-American songwriter, rapper and recording artist from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Knife Party, and Fall Out Boy. Lucky Ali © YouTube Lucky Ali is a well-known Indian celebrity – an actor and singer. He has a cult following from the 90s via albums like 'Aks' and 'Sifar.' Bhuvan Bam © YouTube The MensXP December cover star is an Indian comedian and YouTube personality from New Delhi. He is known for his YouTube comedy channel BB Ki Vines and works in 'The Bachelors' produced by The Viral Fever and in HappiFi's Bro Court Divine © YouTube Vivian Fernandes, better known by his stage name Divine, is a rapper from Mumbai. He went to St John the Evangelist High School in Marol and RD National college. He began his career as an underground rapper in 2011 and gained popularity after his single 'Yeh Mera Bombay'. Nucleya © Twitter/Official_Nucleya Nucleya is an Indian electronic music producer. His unique usage of Indian street sounds has made him a countrywide phenomenon, and he's managed to bridge the gap between indie and mainstream in a way that few artists have.
  20. Have you ever been on a journey without plugging your earphones in or turning your car stereo up to the maximum? Have you ever had a moment where your feet just start tapping to the rhythm of a song when you visited a local cafe, bar or restaurant? We all have! I am sure my questions will help you re-live those select experiences that left a resounding mark on your soul. Such is the magic of music and the very pulse of it that intensifies even more while on the go, as it seeps through and makes one lose themselves in the surroundings. Nobody can understand this better than bikers, who are modern nomads thriving on their love for adventure and seeking a quintessential wisdom through their journeys. Bikes and music fit like puzzle pieces and is therefore the chosen expression of rebels and game-changers since the 50s. Across the world, the trend didn't take much time to catch up, given that we all felt hypnotized with the edginess that the biking culture offers. There are some songs that complement the thrill of the road. From Steppenwolfe's 'Born to be wild' to Roger McGuinn's 'Easy Rider' to Jim Morrison's 'Riders on the storm', every song identifies the adventurous attitude of non-conformist bikers. There are many Bollywood songs too which are centred around travel and biking. It's a fact that music can either make or break your mood and if done right, it leaves you with a thirst for the unchartered territory. When we talk about biking, it is not just adventure that brings bikers closer, it is also about catching just a fleeting glimpse of what is beyond the horizon. Every biker swears by the thrill of unraveling the unknown, a road that brings them together and the ecstasy of blood pumping through their veins. So how about a platform for them to come together, connect and share their unique moments on the road with one another? A live music festival for bike riders is what exactly is on offer to fulfil this demand. The amount of passion shown by bikers last year at the Riders Music Festival sealed the deal and this year we are back with a bang. To be able to let out, relax, have some delicious food and listen to your favourite musicians and showcase your passion through breath-taking stunts, will make for a wholesome experience. There has been an upsurge of live music in India and today, people are increasingly showing interest in the joy that comes with attending live gigs. We all know that no road trip is done right without a ready playlist, a bunch of crazy friends and songs that bring the past to life and weave your future. Today, it has become extremely popular to travel in order to attend renowned music festivals in different parts of the world. People cherish these experiences for a life-time! A country like India which is vibrant and rich in a myriad of beautiful locations - the heritage, people and their culture needs to be cherished more often. As bikers criss-cross this enchanting land across places like Manali, Spiti, Leh-Ladakh and Srinagar, touring the deserts of Osian, exploring the foothills of Himalayas, as they go along. They take a part of this diversified culture with them, establishing unity and oneness amongst fellow aficionados. The biking community has also created awareness for various issues like drug abuse, organ donation, HIV, road safety, child abuse and much more through their motorbike rallies. Through Riders Music Festival, we too want to promote road safety and also make sure that such a bonding of oneness continues to flourish as we nurture it through our mutual love for music. This year RMF showcases a perfect line-up of contemporary musicians with different genres of music. From Nucleya's electronic numbers, Lucky Ali's husky Bollywood charm to Mame Khan's folk music, it's going to be a blast! Adding jazz to the line -up, we have Shirley Setia's filmy vocals with Divine's new-age rapping and a heavy dose of comedy with Bhuvan Bam. Strategically placed as the weekender before Christmas amidst Delhi's winter, RMF will bring the best of everything! From superbikes to custom bikes, fine dining restaurants to Delhi's lip smacking street food, there will be a confluence of music that is unparalleled. So, get ready to rock and roll and also watch some wheelies being popped by stuntmen on 22nd and 23rd of December at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. I hope you wheelie like it! When: 22nd and 23rd December, 2018 Time: 12:00 P.M. onwards Where: The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Cost: Rs. 750 - Rs. 1500 Book your tickets by clicking here
  21. Are you someone who loves listening to his favourite music as much as he loves riding his bikes? Well, if that's the case, then boy do we have some good news for you. The 2018 Riders Music Festival is just a few weeks away and if you've been wanting to attend a music festival recently that wasn't just a cliched assembly of those same-old artists, then Red FM's annual intellectual property is where you ought to be headed to on the 22nd and 23rd of December, 2018. There is a lot that makes this festival so special, and so if you weren't convinced already about this celebration of the spirit of bikes, music and brotherhood, read on to find out why the 2018 Riders Music Fest is absolutely unmissable! 1) You'll Get To Experience The Rap Sensation Raja Kumari Live In Concert Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know that Raja Kumari is one of the most exciting and interesting rappers to have hit the hip-hop scene recently. Her collaborations with artists such as Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Knife Party, and Fall Out Boy, have already made her a rising star. But it were her own singles 'I Did It' and 'Believe In You' made many of us sit up and take notice. And as it turns out, you can experience her live at the 2018 Riders Music Fest! 2) You'll Get To See The 'Gully Boy' Up Close & Personal Vivian Fernandes, who is more widely known by his stage name Divine, is a rapping sensation who started grabbing people's attention as an underground rapper after his single 'Yeh Mera Bombay' hit the charts. His other songs like 'Roots', 'Mere Gully Mein', and 'Kaam 25' have only helped increase his popularity. So before you actually watch the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt Starrer Gully Boy, why not experience the man up, close and live in concert? Well, that's exactly what you'll get to do at the 2018 Riders Music Festival. 3) Bikes, Bikes, and Bikes! Not surprisingly, the Riders Bike Festival is all about, well, bikes! So from seeing branded and customized bikes on display, to watching bikers perform thrilling and death-defying stunts, there is absolutely no excuse for any bike lover in the city to not attend this festival. Pro tip: If you are planning on entering the 'biker category' of the Rider Music Festival, you need to make sure you come riding your own bike (that has to be 350cc or above). 4) Relish The Spirit Of Bikes, Music And Brotherhood With Food & Drinks Finally, you can cap it all of by experiencing the spirit of bikes, music and brotherhood with good food and your favourite beer. As there will be plenty of stalls offering food and beverages, you can rest assured that you'll be having a great and memorable time, one that you won't be forgetting any time soon. When: 22nd and 23rd December, 2018 Time: 12:00 P.M. onwards Where: The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Cost: Early Bird 22nd: Rs. 750, Early Bird 23rd: Rs. 1000 Book your tickets by clicking here
  22. India's biggest electronic music festival 'Sunburn' is a place where the biggest names in the EDM world come and perform for thousands of people. However one thing the festival does better than most is provide a platform for Indian artists to showcase their talents and go toe to toe with the international scene. We all know about the Nucleya's and DIVINE's of the Indian music scene. But, here are some other Indian artists we're excited to see at the Sunburn Festival this year: Ritviz © Facebook/Ritviz The music Ritviz produces is heavily influenced by his classical musical background. He's one of the most promising young artists in the country right now and if you haven't heard his mesmerizing sounds yet, the Sunburn Festival 2018 is the perfect place to begin. Sartek © Facebook/Sartek Sarthak Sardana was the first Indian DJ to be featured on Revealed Recordings. He's been the opening act for some really big names in the music industry including Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber when they performed in India. With performances alongside such megastars already under his belt, we're expecting something amazing from him for sure. Progressive Brothers © Facebook/Progressive Brothers The Progressive Brothers is an Electronic/Dance Duo act consisting of Sunny Sharma and Karan Bhalla. When it comes to electronic music in India, you can't get far without speaking about these brilliant performers. If you've ever been for one of their shows, you'll be pumped to hear them again for sure! What's more, The Progressive Brothers have performed with DJ Snake in the past. Who knows, an encore might just be around the corner... Anish Sood ©: Facebook/Anish Sood A mechanical engineer, Anish's first brush with electronic music was A State Of Trance. He's another one who has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Tiesto, and Afrojack. He's been associated with Sunburn on multiple occasions in the past and we can only hope that this time is going to be bigger and better than ever before.
  23. There's nothing like some good music to end the year on a high. That's exactly what you can expect at the Sunburn Festival 2018. With some of the best DJ's in the world in attendance, it's a show like you've never seen before. Unless you've been to a Sunburn Festival in the past, that is. For some of you who still have no idea who's performing at the Sunburn Festival 2018 we've put together a list of 5 artists we're stoked to see. Why? They're absolutely amazing that's why… Alan Walker Who better to start off this list than the great Alan Walker. If you don't remember his name, you'll certainly remember one of his biggest hits, Faded. But, apart from loving him for creating some of the best music we've ever heard, we can't help but hate him a little. Simply because he's just 21. Damnit! 21 and number 36 on the list of the best DJ's in the world. What were you doing at 21? Still figuring stuff out, right? Nucleya As far as Indian DJ's go, there aren't many who can match up to the man! From the time “Akkad Bakkad” started him on the path of success to the time “Bass Rani” shot him to superstardom, Nucleya has come a long way. Tota Myna, his latest album, is another great production by this artist. Apart from this, he's performed with some of the biggest names in the music business. So, whatever he has planned for Sunburn, we're sure it's going to be spectacular. DJ Snake “Turn Down For What.” Yeah, that was the song that turned DJ Snake into a global sensation. Today, his trademark sounds stand out from the rest. For example, Taki Taki is ruling the airwaves right now. Enjoy... You can expect this and a lot more from DJ Snake at the Sunburn Festival 2018. He is the headliner after all. Axwell ^ Ingrosso Axwell ^ Ingrosso are among the top DJ performers in the world right now. They are one of the most seasoned performers at the Sunburn Festival 2018. They are also 2/3rd's of the Swedish House Mafia. My first tryst with Axwell was when he remixed “Teenage Crime.” An already spectacular song, made only better by the great man himself. As for the duo, I just can't get over 'Sun Is Shining.' Here's hoping we get to hear all this and much more at the Sunburn Festival 2018. Divine Lastly, we have the Indian rapper Divine. He's one of the newest names in this list but has the distinction of being one of the few Indian musicians with a movie being made about their life. These are just 5 performers we can't wait to see at the Sunburn Festival 2018. There are sure to be lots of surprises over the 3 days at the end of December (29th to 31st December). We wouldn't miss it for the world.
  24. Sunburn Festival 2018 is almost upon us. While some of us can't get over the fact that 2018 is almost over, for many others, December couldn't have come fast enough. Yes, we get multiple opportunities to listen to music throughout the year but Sunburn isn't just music, it's an experience. One that you'll never forget! © Facebook/Salvatore Ganacci They've made a habit of bringing some of the biggest names in music down to India every December and this year is no different. With heavyweights like DJ Snake, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Alan Walker confirmed for 2018, it's going to be one hell of a show for sure. But, the one man we're most excited to watch is Salvatore Ganacci. No, he's not as famous as the gentlemen mentioned above but that doesn't mean he isn't just as talented. But, for Salvatore, it's not just about the music. It's about a lot more than that. He's not just a DJ, he's a performer. Are we not making sense? Check this out... Yes, he's not your typical DJ. His performances are so over the top that he's gained notoriety from others in the industry. But, who wants to see a guy just standing there turning some knobs right? We want to see a performance and that's something Salvatore is excellent at. © Facebook/Sunburn Festival So, without further ado, here are 3 things you can expect from Salvatore Ganacci at Sunburn Festival 2018: Eccentricity - There may come a point in the middle of the festival when you start getting bored of DJs doing the same thing over and over again (yes, it happens to everyone). But, that's where Salvatore is going to save you. He doesn't just offer a treat for the ears but one for the eyes as well. © Facebook/Sunburn Festival B2B - Salvatore Ganacci is performing, Sebastian Ingrosso is performing. Is it hoping for too much that there comes a point when one of them crashes the others set? Yes, they've performed together in the past, so why not? Even if not Sebastian, what are the chances Salvatore will crash someone's set? Pretty high, eh? We can hope can't we? © Facebook/Salvatore Ganacci New Mixes - While we'd love to hear some of his hits like Dive, Ride It and Motorspeed 300 km/h, there's nothing that compares to hearing an epic track for the first time. Salvatore is perfectly capable of introducing us to some new sounds at the Sunburn Festival 2018. There's only one way to find out if he does, though. Head to Pune in December 2018. Don't forget to buy tickets! Or you could stand outside the festival grounds guessing who's on stage and what they're doing.
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