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If you want your holidays of 2010 to be of a soulful blend of modern day excitement and real, mature music, Indian music festivals have some of the very best to offer. Whereas festivals like Jodhpur’s Riff attract both local and foreigner guests, ‘Kenduli Mela’ in West Bengal is one of the rather “private” events. Plan your holidays in such a way that you hit the mysterious music festivals in Rajasthan, Chennai, West Bengal and so on… just in time and grab the great food for your ears in holidays 2010.

Chennai’s Madras Music Season is possibly India’s greatest festival of classical music. Your holidays need to cover half January and half December to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience. And when we talk about the oldest music festivals in India, Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan occurs as a flawless contender. On the land of Jalandhar, Punjab, this festival is noted to be organized ever since 1875. Another aged festival is the Saptak festival. Organized in January in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for about two weeks each year since 1980, the Saptak festival is ultimate in its fervour. In just a couple of hours the mattress seating gets you completely addicted to the recitals. Big stars guest the performance, which only adds to the perfection of the quality of live music. And when young artists are followed by the stars, everything comes to a stunning conclusion. In 2010, Rahul Sharma’s santoor and Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod glorified the event.

The Jaipur Literature Festival in the beautiful capital of Rajasthan is a one-of-a-kind combination of great authors and musicians – a must for your holidays if you’re looking for the Indian spirit of art and literature. Days of this festival are full of interviews, readings, discussions and so on, followed by mesmerizing Indian classical music played in the evenings. The festival is held at the wonderful Hotel Diggi Palace and is conducted by William Dalrymple – a known historian, writer and music enthusiast along with Namita Ghokale – a famous novelist and publisher. In the 2010 chapter, artists included Susheela Raman, Sam Mills and Titi Robin (a Sufi group from Pakistan). The festival in 2011 will have Orhan Pamuk, Kiran Desai, Monica Ali and Germaine Greer as visiting authors. The Jaipur Literature Festival is a must for your holidays if you’re as enthusiastic for books as music.

The three-day festival known as Kenduli Mela in West Bengal in mid-January every year has everything to offer for your musical holidays in India. Calendar your Indian holidays from 14th to 15th January 2011 to indulge in an event of extraordinary musical quality and spirit. The Bauls constitute the main attraction of the Kenduli Mela; the Bauls have been known to carry mysterious and intimate taste of Bengali culture since ancient times. The three-day-long passion around the Baul monastery of Tamala-tala is articulated by the spiritual music of ektaras from dusk till dawn. The Kenduli Mela is simply unavoidable for those craving for the deepest sounds imaginable during their holidays in India.

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