India has managed to embrace all forms of culture with open arms. Here we take you on a ride with us to the many diverse cultural festivals that are celebrated throughout the country.

  1. Jaipur Literature Festival

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Already declared the largest free literary festival in the world, Jaipur Literature Festival is the best reflection of the rich culture and heritage of India. From Nobel laureates to Man Booker prize winners, noted authors from all nationalities and religions come here. Though technically it is a festival to celebrate books, the chilly winter evenings usually include some local music and bonfires. From acoustic guitar to Rajasthani folk, even non music lovers can enjoy their evenings at the concerts.

  1. Bacardi NH7 Weekender

Advaita at Bacardi NH7 Weekender

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When you combine a three day extravaganza of music and madness with top notch production quality and some famous artists, you get NH7 weekender, the most well organised festival in India. This festival was initiated to celebrate rock, metal, folk-fusion, indie pop and jazz. Indian Ocean, the Raghu Dixit Project and Pentagram are a few names that have been associated with the festival in the past.

  1. Sunburn Festival (Candolim Beach, Goa)

Anish Sood performing at Sunburn

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With the beach playing the host, electrifying DJs to set the mood, and people dressed to kill, the Sunburn festival is the experience of a lifetime. Though in the initial years it faced some management issues, it’s still a great place to let your hair down. Celebrated DJ Nikhil Chinappa is the man behind this one of a kind electronic festival. Internationally acclaimed DJs perform here along with Indian bands.

  1. Dover Lane Music Festival, Kolkata

Dover Lane Music Conference

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The city of joy is famous for its celebrations of Indian classical music as part of its rich culture and heritage. This music festival was started by a few music lovers in Dover Lane, a street in southern Kolkata, to share their love for Indian classical music. Today, it is a six decade old famous platform not only for maestros but also for upcoming performers. Many singers and musicians from premier musical institutions join in for the magical evenings. The talent hunt competition is one of the major highlights of this festival.

  1. Escape Festival of Arts and Music, Uttarakhand

Skinney Alley performing at the Escape Festival 2013

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The Escape festival is much more than just a music and dance festival. It features photographers, painters, musicians, potters and graffiti artists from every corner of the world. The three day long festival is the finest way to escape your daily routine. Not much hyped but highly exclusive and creative in its own way, the festival is a breath of fresh air.