Of late, music festivals in India have been opening themselves up to be more multi-hued, incorporating arts, film, and more into the mix. Consider Ragasthan, which had an ongoing film screening tent, or the Escape Festival of Arts and Mu...
Of late, music festivals in India have been opening themselves up to be more multi-hued, incorporating arts, film, and more into the mix. Consider Ragasthan, which had an ongoing film screening tent, or the Escape Festival of Arts and Music, which exhibits works by local artists. A brand new addition to the festival calendar this year is Ruins Of The Renaissance, which takes place between May 25 and 26 at Innovative Film City (pictured above), on the outskirts of Bangalore. Calling itself the “Woodstock of India – and much more”, the festival claims to be India’s “only multi-discipline creativity & innovation festival”. Non-music events at the festival include a standalone film festival, art exhibitions, street performances (including a tango performance), workshops on photography, juggling and storytelling, an open mic stage, and gallery spaces. One can also take a walk around the open art spaces and learn the crafts of welding, origami and get ones hands messy working with clay.
The two-day festival features two music stages – the Main Stage, which features folk music and is only operational on the first day, and the Beach Stage, which veers toward electronica. Possibly the most exciting act at the Main Stage is The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel. For those of you who didn’t catch them at the Pune edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender last year (report), the act comprises 43 musicians from Rajasthan’s Manganiyar tribe, performing within a vertical grid structure that was inspired by Amsterdam’s red light areas (read more about the idea behind the performance here). The carefully-rehearsed performances by the Manganiyar Seduction can grab the undivided attention of any audience, and will serve as the centrepiece of the first day of Ruins Of The Renaissance. Those in Bangalore should definitely not miss out on this.
The Manganiyars seduced at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune.
Also to perform at the Main Stage are Baul group Oikyotaan, Drum Events India, who will bring interactive drum circles to the festival, Kuru Circus and open-hand dance troupe Twilight Players, whom most remember for their appearance in Dev. D. Check out a video from their 2010 performance at Blue Frog, Mumbai below.
The Beach Stage at ROTR will feature some of the country’s leading electronica acts. Over the course of both days, the stage will see sets by Arjun Vagale, Delhi bass producer Nucleya (who recently played a mad opening set for Skream and Benga’s Mumbai gig, pics here), Bangalore hip hop crew Low Rhyderz, Mumbai hip hop group Bombay Bassment, and more. Check out a day-wise stage lineup below.
Color Drumming by Drum Events India
The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel
Under The Influence
Ruins Of The Renaissance takes place between May 25 and 26 at Innovative Film City, Bangalore. Tickets are available here, and are priced at Rs 1,500 for a single-day pass, Rs 2,800 for a season pass, Rs 5,000 for a single-day VIP pass and Rs 9,000 for a season VIP pass. Student passes are priced at Rs 1,200 for a day pass and Rs 2,200 for a season pass, and can only be bought at physical locations.