Holi is all about playing with colours and treating yourself to some bhaang. If you are bored of the same rain dance, chilled thandai and stuffed gujiyas year after year on the festival of colours, how about some out-of-the-world EDM (electronic dance music) tracks coupled with mouth-watering cuisine this Holi?
With more and more Holi-themed parties being planned in both Delhi and Mumbai this week for the big day that’s on Thursday, some enthusiastic entrepreneurs have planned something really special for you.
From Bollywood songs to acts by international DJs and musicians mixing different genres, the festival has indeed undergone a transformation.
This year, these two cities host a number of special Holi concerts.
Let’s get started with Delhi.
Take the “Holi Spirits” event. Organised by the Ingenuity E event company, it features various games to do with colours, a hookah lounge, rain dance, food and bar stalls where joining the EDM madness (amid the bhaang fervour) will be your best bet.
“The event will have many attractions to match the Holi mood. We will host famous EDM artists Morello Twins (Dutch duo) who will join the festivities all the way from the Netherlands,” organiser Rahul Sahni told IANS.
“We are planing to take Holi celebration to the next level where international artists will create some great moments for the people,” he added.
The food menu at “Holi Spirits” includes an array of dishes ranging from Indian (north and south) and Oriental cuisines to mouth-watering chaat, kebabs, biryanis and the like.
Another event, “HOLY-BOLLY 2016”, is all set to cheer you up with hit EDM numbers along with dance performances, delicious food and drinks and rain dance.
The mind-shattering music will come from Manish Bhatt aka X FADER -- a VH1 Awards and MyFav Awards nominee for three consecutive years.
“Manish will be playing the best of mainstream bollywood and EDM tracks alongside tracks and remixes which are created by him. We also have fun games for all the age groups inside the venue,” Shveta Saini, organiser of the “HOLY-BOLLY 2016”, told IANS, adding that they will use only herbal colours at the event.
“Holi Moo 2016” is another venue that can be a perfect place to celebrate the festival of colours with organic colours prepared by rural women from Uttarakhand.
Along with games in various colours, a swimming pool, rain dance, foam and bubble bath, over 40 artists - local and international - will perform in various genres at “Holi Moo 2016”.
The food will comprise some great offerings from old Delhi, specialised Holi-themed food with cocktails and, of course, thandai.
“Holi Moo was started with an idea of creating a happy eco-system of artists and art lovers who want to celebrate and express their love and passion freely without commercial compulsions,” said Raul Chandra, the organiser of the event.
This festival represents the cultural landscape of the city with a unique lexicon of fashion, style, art and music to make for a joyous celebration.
So get drenched in the spirit of themed-Holi celebrations this week.
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HOLLY BOLLY 2016 : Tickets for a couple cost Rs.2,999; stag entry at Rs. 1,599; and Rs. 799 for children
Location: Club Florence, Block E, Sushant Lok 2, Sector 56, Gurgaon
Timings: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The ticket includes buffet lunch, two IMFL drinks/mocktails and club rates applicable on selected cocktails
Holi Spirits: Tickets Rs.1,000 per person
Location: Garden of Five Senses
Timings: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Holi Moo 2016: Tickets: Rs.2,000 (which you can buy till a day before the event) and Rs.2,500 on the day of event.
Location: Holi Moo Barn, Asiad Tower, behind the Siri Fort auditorium.
Timings: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here’s the low-down on what’s on offer in Mumbai this Holi.
What: Holi Reloaded
Where: Kamalistan Studio, Jogeshwari (E)
When: March 24, from 10am to 6pm This Holi gig, for which the tickets are priced at Rs1,567 (regular) and Rs3,000 (VIP), will see artistes perform progressive house, future house, dubstep, drum and bass, techno, tech house and electronica music. Other than the headlining act by WolfPack (who are collaborating with Bappi Lahiri), artistes like Luke Kenny, Siddhanth Kapoor, Nisha Harale, DJ Clement, Moscillator, Sound Avtar, Beyond 120, DJ Bunty Datar, and Nosh & SJ will also perform on stage one. The second stage will feature acts by Ankytrixx, Bullzeye, DJ Neyha Tolani, Helium Project, Peak & Swift (Germany) and AFFKT (Spain). “I have heard WolfPack play, and their music is out of this world. I am the disco king, and they are among the best DJs in the world. What binds us is our love for music. This collaboration will surely sweep Mumbai off its feet,” says Lahiri. The event will also host a flea market.
What: Color Blast
Where: Karmveer Sports Complex, Andheri (W)
When: March 24, from 10am to 6pm
Meet Bros, Shibani Kashyap, DJ Aqeel and DJ Shilpi Sharma will perform at this concert. It will also have food stalls. Post the event, a party will be held at The Pump Room, Andheri (W), at no extra cost. The tickets to the event start at Rs999.
What: Rasleela – Colours Of Love
Where: Celebration Club, Andheri (W)
When: March 24, from 10am to 6pm
The event will feature performances by DJ Akanksha Popli, DJ Notorious and percussionist Jonqui. The cover charge for the concert is Rs1,000. It will also have food stalls selling Indian delicacies and a separate enclosure for kids, with rides and games.
What: United Colors – The Hottest Holi Music Festival
Where: JVPD Grounds, Juhu
When: March 24, from 9am to 6pm
Twenty artistes — including Nucleya, Anish Sood, Sartek, Teri Miko, Zaeden, Blurry Slur, Ivor, Kaleekarma, Kusai, Bass Hunk, H!10 and The Suspects — will perform at this venue. Food stalls by international F&B chains will be set up at the event. The tickets start at Rs499. “The artistes performing here are hardly seen at any gigs. You will find them either at Sunburn or Supersonic,” says Sohail Chaudhary, organiser.
What: Holi Invasion
Where: JVPD Grounds, Juhu
When: March 24, from 10am to 7pm
DJ Chetas, Mr Right, Electrovertz, Assad Namazi, Shamless Mani, Reeshav, A3VIK and DJ Tan are among the 10 artistes who will perform at this do. The theme of the event is Bollywood Vs EDM. The tickets are priced between Rs800 and Rs1,500. Gulaal will be distributed for free to those attending the event.
What: Color Splatter
Where: Daffodils, Malad (W)
When: March 24, from 9am to 5pm
The event will feature live performances by DJ Bunny, DJ Sidd, DJ Tushar Gaurav, Shweta Kocchar and Abhishek Mazumder. The tickets for the event start at Rs800. There will also be a dhol performance, thandai stalls and kiosks selling jalebis and rabdi, among other eatables.
What: Holi concert featuring Gwalior gharana vocalist Mukul Shivputra
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi
When: March 25, 6.30am onward
This concert will feature renditions of ragas by Mukul Shivputra, son of the late Hindustani classical singer, Kumar Gandharva. Shivputra will sing Hindustani classical music, as well as classical genres such as thumri, chaiti, kajri and hori, to name a few. Entry to the event is free.
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