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On the streets of love

For the first time, people at Berlin?s famous Love Parade would dance to an Indian's tune, writes Jaydeep Ghosh.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 02:07 IST

When the Berlin Wall was demolished, legendary German deejay Dr Motte initiated a street party to celebrate love, peace and music. It was called it Love Parade.

The first Love Parade, held on July 1, 1989, had 150 ravers. The carnival has grown since — the last one in 2003 had 2.5 million people taking part.

As Love Parade returns on the streets of Berlin in 2006, there’s good news for Indian music buffs: among the many top deejays invited from the world over, the organisers have invited an Indian for the first time: Delhi’s DJ Rummy.

"I am ecstatic," says Rummy. "Playing in Love Parade is any deejay’s dream. They are giving me a special float — a huge 16-wheeler (like the ones we see on Republic Day). Imagine 2.5 million people dancing as you play your music!"

Helping Rummy will be other aces. "I’m grateful that friends have come forth to help me in the project. Top designer Manish Arora and ace set-decorator Sumant Jaikrishnan have volunteered to decorate my float.

Also, my friend and partner at Climax, Peter Punj, is helping me in get sponsors. What more can I want?" While Arora needs no introduction, Jaikrishnan’s latest claim to fame has been set designing for Deepa Mehta’s Water.

Indian riot in store

So, what designs does Arora have in store? "There’s so much colour at Love Parade — neons and punk fashion," he says. "We plan to go wild with colours. I have funky accessories in mind for Rummy. We’ll do an India-centric theme."

How did it all happen? "I’ve been promoting electronic music in India for long, having invited top European names to India," says Rummy. "I guess my perseverance has paid off. I bumped into Dr Motte at Dubai Airport, who personally invited me."

"It’s a great platform to showcase modern India to the world," he says. "The global media will be there after all — capturing every moment. Through my float, I want to showcase the vibrant hues of India 2006."

In elite company

The best bit is that among the hundreds of deejays, Rummy will be part of the elite five deejays to play at the Victory Tower with the likes of Dr Motte, Sven Vath, and Teisto on July 15.

The modalities of participating in Love Parade are huge. Rummy is planning a contingent of 100 people to take to Love Parade, which would have clubbers, music enthusiast, mediapersons and some Indian celebrities.

Taking such a huge contingent of course comes at a cost. "I’ve received positive response from sponsors. Godfrey Phillips (India) is interested. Even the Government has expressed keenness."

On the music he plans to play, Rummy says: "I’ll play my signature music — house, deep house and minimal house, besides Indian sounds. I just wish that one day we too have some sort of a Love Parade in India, with all our neighbouring countries participating."

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 02:07 IST