7 Dance And Music Festivals To Attend Before The New Year

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​Kumbhalgarh Festival, Rajasthan (Dec 1st to 3rd)

​The three-day festival welcomes artists from different parts of the country to perform folk music and dance, and participate in competitions such as applying henna or tying a turban amidst light and sound shows all night.

​Hornbill Festival, Nagaland (Dec 1st to 10th)

​A popular music festival, witness Naga tribes dressed in traditional attire with headgears and ivory armlets and Naga Morungs exhibition of art and craft, Naga cuisine, archery, and other cultural practices.

​Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Multi-city (Dates to be announced)

​This music and comedy festival is held in various Indian cities such as Pune, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Shillong, and Delhi/NCR. Music maestros such as Lucky Ali, Nucleya, Prateek Kuhad have performed in the past.

​Cochin Carnival, Kerala (Dec 25th to Jan 1st)

​This is Fort Kochi's biggest gala that witnesses a huge crowd on New Year's Eve gathered to watch the burning of the effigy of Pappanji, an old man wearing a suit—signifying hope and harmony. Cultural shows, food festivals, cycle races are other highlights.

​Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Mahabalipuram (Dec 25th to Jan 15th)

​Held every year at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the festival showcases dance forms such as Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and more. The place is also rich in caves, temples, and ancient monuments and sculptures.

​Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior (Dates to be announced)

​The four-day music festival is celebrated in the Behat village near Gwalior. During the festival, artists and music enthusiasts assemble near the tomb of Tansen to pay him a tribute.

​Winter Festival, Mount Abu (Dec 29th to 30th)

​This festival in Rajasthan starts with a parade covering the hill station and ends at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by lighting hundreds of diyas and setting them afloat. Sufi Kathak, Ghoomar, Shaam-e-Qawwali are some of the dance and music performances you can enjoy.

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