Supersonic

Supersonic 2014 in Goa : Was it better than Sunburn?

The setup of Supersonic at Candolim beach was magical this time round. I salute Nikhil Chinapa for working hard towards Supersonic. The feel of a real beach is totally different unlike Sunburn’s Vagator beach. When you dance on actual beach sand, it feels like heaven. Day 3 of Supersonic awaited the conclusion from Above and Beyond. Before that was Mat-Zo. I heard Mat-zo earlier this year at Kittu su in Delhi and he nailed it. He is like a mix of all Genres of Edm. Above and beyond was going to be magical and there was no doubt about it.

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SuperSpnic 2014 Candolim beach

SuperSonic 2014 Candolim beach

SuperSpnic 2014 Candolim beach

SuperSonic 2014 Candolim beach

I realized that Supersonic is trying to make something of its own by supporting fresh EDM artists that are bringing new music to the scene. Sunburn also pulled a lot of fresh artists and also had a powerful commercial aspect. For an EDM explorer like me its not so difficult to prioritize. I just want to try fresh music. The list at supersonic had the likes of Bl3nd and John 00 fleming. For those who have heard them wont go anywhere else. Supersonic is supporting the new artists and that is the best part about them. Their philosophy is to bring fresh music upfront. Above and beyond also supports that via its Group therapy where so many awesome artists come up.

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SuperSonic 2014 Candolim beach

SuperSonic 2014 Candolim beach

Nikhil Chinapa blows away at the revelers.

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Stage 3

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The main stage

I want to conclude roughly that for those who really want to discover fresh, kicky, tasty music then he/she must and must go to supersonic. Sunburn is good but they will get you most commercial big shots. Although they have other stages too out of which the hidden stage is the best one. Sunburn’s Dance temple is a phenomena but still did not give me goose bumps.

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Broken hand but no broken spirit

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Heart at supersonic

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Cat at supersonic

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Horse at Supersonic

The Supersonic setup is not hugely populated and that I think is something I look for. Good music and less shabby people. I attended hardwell at Buddh international circuit , greater noida and it was shit. So many people had come in and I don’t even know how they got the passes. It was a commercial hit but I hated so many people rushing here and there and not enjoying music. 90% were busy taking selfies.

Anyway coming back to Goa. Above and beyond simply touched me like always. They are emotional and yet they know how to make us jump. Its a mix of emotions and bass. I then attended the 4th day of Sunburn with so called “dimitri vegas and like mike surprise”. They played only for 25 mins. I could not ever hear them properly. I felt cheated to be honest. I was hoping they played for 1 hour or so.

So if I was asked where I want to stand if given a choice? Main stage of Super sonic or Main stage of Sunburn? I would say Supersonic.

the Submarine Stage

The Submarine Stage

the Submarine Stage

The Submarine Stage

20 different effects

20 different effects of Trance, Alcohol and more. What people experience at music festivals?

After experiencing Sunburn and Supersonic festivals in Goa, I got a spark in my life. Especially after digging into the heads of its revelers. I felt something more than music and dance. I saw these revelers dance, shout and go crazy. But trance took them beyond these basic experiences. They went deep inside their head and experienced something beyond real. In an interview which happened in 1960’s, Jim Morrison from The Doors said that future of music will be about only one man playing everything on stage. To add to this I would also say that today’s music is not only about a Dj’, an artist playing all alone on stage but the reveler who dances alone with himself/herself. Its not about the world, its about an experience inside yourself. Its about connecting with yourself. Its about talking to yourself. The Artist is kinda connecting at one on one level with its audience. I am putting across some pictures which showcase different emotional experiences of revelers.

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1. “Loving yourself” : I remember taking this shot. I wanted to see myself with a band on my head which represents the reveler in me. I am ultimately a reveler with camera and loads of love

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2. “Freedom” : The beat of trance makes you kick and fist the air with energy as if you are playing the music

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3. “Becoming a Goddess” : I found her to be like the Goddess of love : “Aphrodite”. She dressed up like a Greek goddess.

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4. “Getting sloshed” : Off course when the dose is too much you dose off to sleep or you pass out

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5. “Almost flying” : Reaching cloud 9. Touching higher levels of connection

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6. “Fear” : Probably a strange thought kicks in. You start fearing or repelling the sound

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7. “Monkey effect” : You become an animal. You look like a monkey. You jump like one.

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8. “Tension” : Tensed faces, looking at you with confusion

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9. “Dancing with yourself” : You turn around, get a little away from your friends because you want to dance just with yourself.

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10. “Wannabe dancers” : Some of them know nothing about this music. They are there because the world is there

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11. “Sadness”

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12. “Love for mother earth”

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13. “The ghost” : You become aggressive, you scare people because you are a ghost

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14. “Feeling Beautiful” : You tend to become more beautiful

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15. “Center of the universe” : Everything revolves around you or perhaps you are revolving around everything

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16. “Killing yourself with smoking” : Smoking or smoking up into the air

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17. “The Joker” : Bringing out the Joker in you

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17. “Mood swings” :Smiling one moment and getting serious in the next

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18. “Finding Isolation” : The moment when you are trying to find isolation. All that you can do is probably sit down and shut up.

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19. “Desire to be anonymous”: Fearing that your parents would see you back home you become Anonymous and his fearful girl

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20. “King of the world”

The revelers make up any festival, they build a festival. I wanted to see this festival through their eyes, through their exploration. If you haven’t been to any of these festival then be there and explore yourself.

VH1 Supersonic

VH1 Supersonic Festival 2013, Candolim beach, Goa

The Supersonic festival is now a parallel festival happening alongside Sunburn in Goa. The festival is lead by Nikhil Chinapa who apparently was with Percept before breaking up to launch supersonic. In any case the gain is for music lovers who get more festivals and more options to visit. VH1 is the name behind supersonic and given the fact that festival was organized in 22 odd days, I have to say its a phenomenal achievement. The Candolim beach in Goa is just a fabulous setting and unlike Sunburn you can dance on pure beach sand here.

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Interesting bright glasses

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The Main stage

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A nice beach floor to sit down

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True or false?

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Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Crazy dancing

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Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

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Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

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Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

A nice view from Budweiser lounge

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Nikhil chinapa embraces the stage

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Supersonic festival, Goa, Candolim beach, 2013

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The fun continues on the beach. All revelers dance to the music

If I was to compare Sunburn and Supersonic then I would say that Sunburn was off course bigger than Supersonic but music at the Condolim beach was a different experience all together. So Supersonic was a great success and so was Sunburn. Happiness for those who cant get enough of house and trance

Sunburn Goa

Sunburn Goa 2013 : The Crazy dance and house festival

The Sunburn festival for 2013 happened at the Vagator beach in North Goa on 27th,28th and 29th Dec. The festival was bigger than 2012 as there were 7 stages spread all over the arena. Every stage had a different theme and a Ferris wheel added spice to the festive decor. The artist line up was huge with headliners from Afrojack, Marcus schulz and Axwell. All key performances happened on the stage named “Dance temple” which had an Indian goddess in the center.  I covered the festival as whatsthescene photographer. Here is the story in pictures

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A hand glove of some worker

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A mellow start to day 1

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Around the main stage, Dance temple

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Dancers from India and abroad

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Dont know why would people wave Indian flag at Sunburn

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Wink at sunburn

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The huge crowd shot

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The white smoke lightens up the atmosphere .

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Places

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Sunburn festival madness has a newly wed dancing to the music

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Kids from somewhere I dont know came in and started dancing.

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You got it !

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The other stage had wonderful laser work

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Andrew rayel

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Sunburn festival

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A mega wide shot from behind shows the extent of the festival

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach

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Some more fun around the stages

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A Couple gets cozy and dances around Dance Temple

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Sunburn and Wedding

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach

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Anonymous men

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Day 2 Marcus Schulz takes the stage as headliner

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Infinite stars : Revelers torch the arena with their mobile phones

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach , Marcus Schulz

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Champagne for everyone

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach

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More crowds come in for the last 2 days of Sunburn

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Psychedelia

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Some people loose it completely and get sloshed

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Day 3 is a kick start with awesome dancing around Dance temple

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What a happy moment

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T-shirts being thrown for the spectators by the Artist

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Such is life.

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Ecstatic

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Photographers

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Dance temple begins to groove on day 3

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Moment of happiness

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Sunburn 2013, Goa

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Sunburn festival , Goa , 2013 at the Vagator beach

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Revelers

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This picture is Sunburn summary for me

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Revelers

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The arena from the hill

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Vagator beach, Sunburn Goa, 2013

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Vagator beach, Sunburn Goa, 2013

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Vagator beach, Sunburn Goa, 2013

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Finishing the festival with fireworks

The Sunburn festival 2013 was a big hit and I thoroughly enjoyed clicking this dance/trance/house fest. Goa was all pepped up for dancing and partying. The after parties of Sunburn were a different experience altogether. For those who did not see Sunburn in Goa, go there next time.

Parikrama and Agnee

Parikrama and Agnee @ IIT Delhi “Rendezvous” 2013

The Rendezvous festival has been one of my favorite festivals of all time. I have seen a lot of bands perform here. The setup in the amphitheater at IIT Delhi used to be a more unrestricted and free but this time round I found it to be very formal and secured. The security checks were good and bad in a lot of ways. I got inside courtesy my media house “WhatsTheScene” yet again. The bands for 19th Oct were Parikrama and Agnee. But since I reached there a little early, I got to see a Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group. The night was full of energy, cheers and music with 5,000 + audience shouting in the theater. Here is my story in pictures.

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Taiwanese art ensemble, the Ten Drum Percussion Group

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Subir Malik, Parikrama

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Parikrama

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Parikrama

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Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama

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Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama

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Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama

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Parikrama

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Gaurav Balani, Parikrama

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Srijan Mahajan , Parikrama

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Srijan Mahajan, Parikrama

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Parikrama

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Saurabh Choudhary, Parikrama

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Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama

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Parikrama

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Imran Khan ,Parikrama

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Gaurav Balani, Parikrama

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Nitin Malik, Parikrama

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Parikrama are applauded by huge audience

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Huge Audience

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Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee from the top of a building which was difficult to access :/

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Agnee

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Huge audience

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Agnee

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Agnee (Literally)

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Agnee

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Host

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Agnee

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Agnee (Literally)

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Huge Audience

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Agnee and the star burst

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Portrait of a bag

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Spotlight on Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee

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Agnee and Parikrama perform together

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Agnee and Parikrama perform together

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Agnee and Parikrama perform together

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The end of the show.

It was an awesome show with a huge audience at IIT Delhi. The amphitheater was packed and the cheer was deafening. Two of the biggest bands of India performed together on one stage. It was surely a stage on fire (Agnee)

Durga mata visarjan

Durga mata visarjan : The Delhi version

I missed the Durga mata visarjan last time in Delhi but made sure I attended it this time round. I was invited by my friend and fellow photographer Nilakkhya dutta to join the celebration and be a part of the visarjan(Immersing the idol in Yamuna). I knew this had to be something special and I hopped in with the group. The idols are first worshiped by women and then they are loaded into trucks. The trucks then take these idols to Ghats of Yamuna where the immersion takes place. Here is my narration through pictures.

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Women worship the Idol

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Women worship idol

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Empty seats where Spectators and deities sit

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The men who will take idols on truck

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Enroute

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Near the ghats a lot of other people join in

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Lost

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Numbers are given to every truck and truck can immerse the idol at their point only

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Praparation

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A lot of khana peena on the side

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a Deity

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A man looking around

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Women and children loaded on trucks

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A lot of stuff on the sides

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a Man sells ice – creams

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People eat corn around public convenience

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Police escort the area on horses

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Durga mata

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An old woman uses the contaminated water of Yamuna

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A man carries an idol himself

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Dropping the Idol

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Dropping the idol

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Idol

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Amidst the drop

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People were like insects… The gathering was huge

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Light for all

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May god bless us

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shallow waters

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Time to immerse

 

Sunburn festival

Sunburn festival 2013 Revelers

I witnessed another Sunburn festival which happened in Greater Noida this time at the Galgotia university campus. As usual the energy and craziness was unprecedented. I reached their early and got an entry via my media house WhatsTheScene. I covered the Sunburn festival last year also via WhatsTheScene. This year I just wanted to feel the energy in crowd and the revelers that make this festival. I have to say that a lot of people here didn’t know anything about this music but at the same time there were serious followers of this genre. The artist line up for this year was – Dash Berlin, Porter Robinson, NERVO, Shogun, Rank 1, Lost Stories X Anish Sood, Dualist Inquiry, NDS & Blue and Vipul. 

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