Blue Lotus Festival is not only about music!
We have prepared various activities for you at the Main Venue
(Ananta Spa & Resorts):
- Yoga and Art of Living classes in early morning.
- Studying traditional music genres with the artists in the afternoon
- Assisting selected music documentary films
- Delicious food and drinks from different parts of India available ALL DAY
Special Night Showcases - combining the adventure of traveling on camels in sand dunes at night, where in the light of torches music will be performed.
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Prepare to be serenaded through the desert on an adventurous camel safari as the sun bows down its mighty presence on the beautiful sand dunes of pushkar creating silhouettes that will sway to the sound of the music that awaits you right in the middle of the mighty Thar.
Guided camel safaris with veterans who know every square and inch of the region will ferry festival goers to the beautiful and isolated sand dunes every evening where the artists will mesmerize you with performances under a star studded sky.
Buses will ferry attendees from Ananta every evening at 6:30 and 6:45 to the outskirts of the city. Safaris will depart from Ananta Spa & Resorts (Main Venue) for the Motisar dunes where evening performances will be showcased.
WATCH the Music ( Film Screening )
As another form of insight into authentic Indian culture, we would like to show you four carefully selected movies, which are making an important contribution into discussion about the status and future of folk music and traditional communities in India. Every main day of Blue Lotus Festival one movie will be screened in coherence with the theme of given day, to bring attention to particular issue related to folk music. Each movie will be followed by a meeting with expert on particular topic and short Q&A.
Movies will be screened each day (14th, 15th, 16th, 17th) from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm at Ananta (Main Venue), Rainbow Hall.
Film screenings in association with The Root (http://theroot.co.in/)
MEET the Music ( Workshop )
Workshops at Blue Lotus festival will provide audiences with a unique opportunity to interact directly with selected groups of artists. The objectives of the workshops are to uncover the wide and varied range of music genres; learn about the artists and their stories; present different folk instruments and the different ways of playing them; get to know the meaning of the songs being played as well as their cultural context and much more. Audiences will also be able to play rare instruments, as well as experiment with natural body paints and learn some wild tribal dance moves.
Although the basic structure of the workshop will be maintained (introduction, short presentation of artists and instruments, learning & making music together - singing, dancing, clapping – and Q&A sessions) the workshop will be built on live and spontaneous interaction between the audience and musicians. So bring your hands, eyes and ears and be ready to discover the folk side of your soul!
Yoga & Meditation
Imagine waking up to the sound of music,in a town the name of which is synonymous
with spirituality and welcoming the sun with Yoga - an ancient Indian form of
exercise which is based on an awakening of mind and body through physical exercise
and practiced breathing.
Spiritual gurus will organise programmes to educate the participants on stress relief techniques and promoting a luminous, peaceful state of mind through yoga, meditation and breathing techniques.
Basking in the morning glory with the powerful reverberations of "Om" and the rhythm of your breaths synchronising with nature,filling the atmosphere and your heart with tranquility like you have never experienced before - That is one experience you cannot afford to miss.
TALK the Music ( Conferences )
The idea of the Blue Lotus Festival is not only to present Authentic Indian Music, but also to engage us all in a dialogue about its future and its preservation. We will offer the unique opportunity to participate in four discussion panels which will be held on the 4 main days of the festival. Experts from the music industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academicians, musicians and journalists will meet, share and discuss the role of music in fostering change and empowerment for diverse cultures excluded by the mainstream. Conferences will be open for all and everyone will be welcome to participate in the discussions.
Live Craft & Entertainment
To visit as a tourist is one thing and getting to know the stories, people and soul of a place through the eyes of someone who has spent generations there is another. Keeping that in mind, on the first day of BLF the famous Pushkar guide Giri Raj Sharma will take interested BLF participants for a guided walk around the lake as the rising sun creates glistening patterns on the velvety ripples of the holy water . Get to know the glorious past , mythologies and tales of the sacred temples and hidden shires as you walk through the labyrinthine streets of Pushkar at the first blush of the morning.
Local guide will lead a group of interested participants for a walk around the Holy Lake of Pushkaron February 14th between 8 am to 9 am. Starting point at Sunset Café.