Holi Moo Festival never forgets partying is about colour and going with the flow
Holi has always been the festival of colour and spontaneity. This is something the musicians and organisers at the Holi Moo Festival have embraced and it will also remain the case on the 12th edition of the fest today at the Asiad Tower lawns, Siri Fort, 11 am onwards.
"We want all the music to reflect the nature of Holi, so it will be a little wayward, a little left-field, and not in the more mainstream genres," said Delhi-based musician Stefan Kaye, one of the curators of the Independent Music stage and who will be performing with the Jass B'stards Projectile and Bzzz bands.
"Over 100 artists from all over the world will be performing at four stages in the festival, World, Independent Music, Electronic, and Hip-Hop. Theatre artists and storytellers will represent poetry and the spoken word."
The festival also has a large and international span. Festival director Anshuman Gulathi says, "About 60 per cent of the people who attend the festivals are expats, so we have a lot of foreign travellers, as well as diplomats attending. It's been quite a global phenomenon."
Kaye adds there will be randomness and improvisation, and music that captures the moment. "The Jass B'stards Projectile band is made up of several nationalities, including Indian Mohit Lal on the tabla and Panamanian percussionist Fidel Dely Murillo playing the congos".
Iranian musician Fakhroddin Ghaffari adds, "There's me, Asya Shivayaya from Russia, Pablo Grace from Argentina, Petra Rehwald from Germany and Bintang Maniramanic from Indonesia. It's a musical journey; it starts in India, to the Middle East, then to Europe and South America. We put the music together like a story and keep in mind that it's Holi.
It feels like we're mixing different colours together. It's all about bringing people together, as Holi is about celebrating love and being together, because everyone is the same colour then."
Ghaffari goes on to describe his excitement of Holi as "liberating".
"On Holi people really open up and it's a whole other experience. It's inspiring and different. It's also a space and a time where no one will judge you, as all regulations and barriers are forgotten." He said all performers will wear clothes they can throw away afterwards.
But, as a true musician he was concerned about his instruments. Gulathi explains some of the regulations in the festival.
"It's always a super-dry organic Holi, as we only allow 100 per cent organic colours and we don't allow people to play with water. Last year we had close to 7,000 people, from 70 different countries and as we have very able security - which includes female guards and bouncers - we can handle it."