Winter Music Festivals In India

India, the address of many vibrant festivals in the world, is especially flavourful in the last few months of the year. The Indian summer is tempered with cooler degrees, ideal for travellers to add the festivals to their itineraries. Not only is this time to indulge in the colours and traditions, but also soothing sounds of the land. We’ve picked up the country’s top music festivals in the end of the year, so you can plug them in your itineraries.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), Jodhpur: Despite having patrons as famous and influential as Mick Jagger and the Maharaj of Jodhpur, the music festival is one of the earthiest events of Rajasthan. Set against the backdrop of the grand Mehrangarh Fort, the multi staged festival invites musicians from all over the world, to come and combine their sounds with local artistes, making this a unique melodious affair for never heard before music. The festival lasts for five days.

Chasing Storm Festival, Coorg –The concept of camp-out music festivals have been growing in India for the last half a decade and Chasing Storm carries the baton effortlessly. Located in the lush coffee town of Coorg, the crispy cool weather is accompanied by sounds from independent artists from the new age, fusion and eclectic genre. This year the festival is organised at the brink of New Years, so can usher in 2017 in great company.

Sunburn, Goa – India’s original EDM festival that has bringing international names to the arena, still holds sway in the genre. The fact that it happens in Goa each year, and that too, close to New Years, makes it all the more special. Think large multi-stage, beach side sprawl, with EDM lovers ready to sway for four whole days. The biggest gigs in the world now think of this as a veritable place to kick-start their reputation to the country.

Margazhi Masam, Chennai – An entire month is devoted to serious classical music during the Margazhi Masam in Chennai. This is great place for veterans as well as the uninitiated to orient themselves to the classical sounds of the South. To perform during the season is considered prestigious amongst the music circles – this is corroborated by the fact that thousands line up outside halls to buy tickets for their favourite artists.

Hornbill Festival, Kohima – While many know of this tribal festival of Nagaland only in one traditional dimension, the music lovers have a different agenda during the hornbill. The end of the day is reserved for rock music at one of the largest stadiums and acts from all over the country and across the seas come to entertain fans of rock and metal genres. The tenor of the traditional Hornbill in the day changes vastly but it represents the authentic vibe of the place – Nagaland is wedged in longstanding tribal traditions but is also a modern society with huge exposure to western music.