Twenty-four hours of camping amidst trees, lazing on hammocks in the beach breeze, and good music to tie it all together — set to be held this weekend, RagaMoon Festival 2020 promises this and much more.
The overnight festival being held just an hour away from Mumbai in Gorai (known for being a weekend getaway), at White Collar Hippie Camping Ground, RagaMoon Festival is in its second year. Tying in camping with vibing-out to Indie tunes is the essence of this indie fest, something that also grabbed attention for it in its debut edition.
So what all does RagaMoon entail? First off, it’s a night in the woods. The RagaMoon Festival will take care of every aspect of your stay, which includes spacious camping tents and sleeping gears. Dining will be provided by the camp along with snacks rolling out 24*7. This along with the soulful music aims to build a like-minded community. There are also bonfires, board games, books, walks, and conversations to engage the attendees.
The lineup for the festival is eclectic. There’s Ilyas Raphaël Khan with his Tablaboxing, which melds the ancient tabla beats of India with contemporary Beatboxing sounds from the West. Bringing together Eastern tradition and Western innovation is Prem Joshua and Band, a renowned name in the fusion music scene, with their tunes often termed ‘soul-searching’.
Another performance to watch is Harpreet Singh, a regular on the Indian music festival circuit. Apart from rendering verses of well-known poets like Nirala, Bulleh Shah, Paash, Faiz and Naresh Saxena, Singh also composes songs from the work of contemporary poets such as Dr Shiv Bahadur Singh Bhadauria, Madan Lad Didi, Deepak Dhamija, and Maheep Singh.
Mehtab Ali Nizai, from the renowned Bhendi Bazar Moradabad Gharana and one of India’s most popular contemporary sitar players, will be at RagaMoon as well. His father, Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan, a sitar exponent, started training him at the age of four. This is a must-not miss for those who enjoy the classical music.
Also performing is Vasu Dixit, lead singer of Swarathma and The Vasu Dixit Project. His folk-rock music couldn’t ask for a better setting than this festival.
Starting this Saturday to Sunday, 1:00 pm to 1:00 pm, RagaMoon Festival is the perfect urban-detox, with music and nature providing the ideal setting.
All images: Courtesy Ragamoon Festival & Bandcamp