Loud electronic beats numb your senses every few seconds. You move along with thousands tripping in unison behind a series of massive trucks carrying 40,000 watts of deafening music. DJs spin trance techno tracks and the decibel level from 25 speakers makes sure everyone — including the heavens — knows this is what Dance Ganesh events are like.
There’re also the traffic jams and the general chaos and lawlessness, but all that is of no consequence when it comes to pleasing the higher powers.For the next week, all those who have a problem with the city’s nightlife causing traffic snarls and dislike crowds pouring out of pubs on the streets, will lay low, for lack of an option.
These city-centric processions are often called “raves” online, a word that has earned a lot of bad press of late. No one’s to blame; the USP of these functions is, after all, trance music.
This anomalistic event first began in 1999. The idea of dancing to psychedelic-trance music, while heading towards the culmination of the 10-day festival with a humongous idol of “Bappa” watching you, is baffling; the fact that they’ve managed to pull it off for 12 years, even more. And this time too, the organisers put all speculation to rest by announcing September 29 as the date for the final event.
There was the rumour about Dhoble cracking down on this gathering too, but everyone knows that won’t happen. Having the higher ups on your side helps getting the right permissions for such events. In this case, the masses have the ultimate higher ups sanctioning the cause. What this contemporary function does prove, though, is that this city is capable of embracing a concept which involves trance music.
So what if it’s packaged a little differently? It’s still a silver lining. With fire dancers and acts by jugglers, stilt walkers and laser shows, every year, this is the closest we come to hosting an actual ‘rave’ in Mumbai. All those starved of a good time are heading to Mahalaxmi next Saturday. Be ready to hear about the ‘raid frights’, but ignore them and allow Bappa’s titanic presence to rescue you.
In a mood to get your prayers answered? Leave your bags, claustrophobia and impatience with crowds behind.