In recent times, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has become all the rage with the Indian youth. Concerts are packed to bursting point with raving people screaming themselves hoarse. The setting isn’t exactly warm and welcoming; in fact, some find themselves quite disconnected from such festivals. For those who don’t believe in squandering away their hard-earned money at EDM concerts and festivals, India has a lot more to offer. Here is a look at five of the best alternatives to overrated EDM festivals:
- Theatre Plays
Watching live actors performing before an audience beats watching TV. The intensity of the emotions is so radiant, it grows on the viewers. Some of the most famous Indian plays include Ashvin Gidwani Productions’ History of India: VIRritten, Blame It On Yashraj and Battle Of Da Sexes; Motley’s Einstein and Poor Box Productions’ The Vagina Monologues. Plays are a true delight to connoisseurs of performing arts and anybody who is willing to give it a chance.
- Bangalore Literature Festival
Known as one of the nation’s biggest literature festivals, the Bangalore Literature Festival celebrates the very concept of Indian and international literature. It provides a platform for interaction between prominent Indian and international authors, aspiring authors and readers from around the world.
A Ferriswheel Entertainment’s performing arts festival, Worldfest promises to be a melting pot of cultures and experiences from around the world. The festival features Performing Arts, Music and Foodfestivals, all in one place between December 17 and 21, 2014. Various nations from around the world including Poland, Brazil, Slovenia and Thailand, will be present at Worldfest 2014 at Lavasa. This is set to be the paradise for travelers with wanderlust, featuring various countries coming together in one place.
- Ragasthan Music Festival
Titled ‘India’s Craziest Music Festival’, this is a ten-day festival that celebrates every genre of music in the world. International artists perform alongside their Indian counterparts at the Ragasthan Music Festival. Attended by thousands who camp out in tents put up in the desert every year, it is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Rajasthan around February every year.
- India Art Fair
Held in Delhi at the end of January every year since its inception in 2008, the India Art Fair plays host to over hundreds of artists from all over Asia. A grand exhibition of fine art from the crème de la crème of the world of art, the India Art fair is reportedly the largest and most attended art festival in Asia.
Contrary to popular belief, even if you’re not enamoured by the rising trend of EDM, there is a whole lot of actual fun you can have too!