A camel herder prepares food for himself at the end of the day at the Pushkar fair, in Rajasthan. Pushkar, located on the banks of Pushkar Lake, is a popular Hindu pilgrimage spot that is also frequented by foreign tourists for its annual cattle fair and camel races.
The Blue Lotus Festival (February 13-18) will have the streets, monuments and even dunes of Pushkar teeming with folk musicians, dancers and music lovers from all over the country.
Watch Kalbeliya gypsies, dressed in vibrant costumes, go into a head-spinning trance to the sound of bansuris and tambourines.
Hear folk singer Murra Lala Fafal, who took his heavily moustached smile all the way from Kutch to Coke Studio, and now the Motisar dunes of Pushkar.
Watch Malwai Giddha, a Punjabi folk dance where performers dance, sing and play instruments at the same time; Dollu Kunitha, a Karnataka folk dance where every single dancer carries a Dollu drum; and Zeliang from Nagaland, where warriors attack an imaginary enemy while dancing!
Identify the sarangi, murli, surnai, algoza, morchang, khartal – Langa singer Bachu Khan’s favourite instruments with which he has performed in more countries than the average Indian even knows about!
Also, there’ll be 340 other performers, with some playing on the main street leading to the Brahma temple. Now that’s an authentic folk weekend!
PS: You could also search for Kabir, travel with a gypsy caravan across America or take a dip into the Naga blues of musician Rewben Mashangva during the film screenings at the fest!
From HT Brunch, February 10
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