Until next year, Matheran!
As the curtains come down on Matheran Green Festival 2016, India’s first-of-its-kind art and nature festival, we round up the giant confluence of art, music and culture in the country’s smallest hill station. The focus of this year’s fest lay in green creativity and a huge public participation from across the country and beyond. ‘We’ve seen more than 5,000 visitors and hundreds of performers...we’re happy to see how it’s rolled out!’ says Prachi Gawand from the team of organisers.
Embracing diversity like never before, the forests of Matheran in the Western Ghats lit up with gigs by slide guitarist Manish Pingle, tabla player Akshay Jadhav, MTV Coke Studio’s famed singer Mame Khan and his troupe with Rajasthani folk sufi, Amahoro Sound System, Daira and many more about whom you’ve been reading on the Platform webzine. The celebration continues till the end of the month as audiences swoon to soulful music one night and contemplate life along with inspirational speakers such as Harish Iyer and Chemudupati Samyukta on another. While Harish is a noted human rights activist, Samyukta is a campaign manager of wildlife at the Humane Society International. The festival also included film screenings by prominent independent filmmakers such as Santosh Ram and Payal Sethi, live street art by Nilesh Kharade and Rohit Soni, sculpture-making by artist Kishor Thakur, a papier-mâché workshop, a biodiversity awareness race, a global environmental photo exhibition, nature trails, heritage walks, star-gazing hours, bird watching programs, artist residencies, calligraphy, graffiti and more.
Most performers found home in the environs of the forest, amid birdsong and trees. ‘It was the first time in my life that I showed up for a performance on horseback—no cars allowed at Matheran Green Festival!’ says Jarrod Wood, a musician from New Zealand who came to India 11 years ago to learn flute from Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasiya. ‘It is the most surreal, inspiring and beautiful location, and I found a super receptive audience. What a wonderful experience...,’ says Jarrod.
It has turned out an equally uplifting experience for visitors. ‘Everything’s natural here, the art, the music, the vibe, chilling under the stars...this is a beautiful initiative in sustainable creativity and everyone must see it for themselves,’ says a young enthusiast.
This year, as was last, the festival is set to close untarnished by the garbage and littering that typically follows a festival as massive as this. India’s most eco-friendly arts festival and its participants went all out to ensure a pollution-free Matheran, so that come next summer and the forests are ready for yet another grand celebration of art, culture and life.
Text: Rhea Dangwal
MORE IN Lifestyle
All around the world, fireworks are synonymous with celebration. People from different parts of the world may speak different languages
From surfing lessons on a quiet beach in Udupi to a kayaking holiday in Croatia, here are three things you
3 Mins with Vir Das
As his first world tour kicks off this Thursday in San Francisco, we connect with Vir Das and discover what makes him
Inside our Fashion Issue 2017
Our Fashion issue is not about what's 'trending'. It's not about the hottest looks or the must haves of the
High on Design
As February takes off, we bring you three hotels with a sharp design edge to their story.
Dappled in sunlight and
It’s normal for there to be a sense of apprehension when venturing to a new place. That fear is multiplied
I was born in Bangladesh in 1983 and I studied at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka,
Mishcat Co, Design House
Following a degree in interior architecture, when Ishrat Sahgal returned to Indian shores from The States, it
A white oxford shirt reinterpreted with a diaphanous accordion detail; a monochrome jumpsuit with a cape for an accent; an
Ishaan Nair, Director
The new director in Mira Nair’s family, Ishaan has been working after his degree in direction and
All That We Want - The Gaysi Zine
The fifth edition of The Gaysi Zine embarks on a journey to explore the unchartered realm of queer desires, and
Rush by Mali
When Maalavika Manoj aka Mali started strumming her own tunes she found inspiration in long-lost friendships, memories of home and