Glimpses of the M.A.D festival 2013 held at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

The goMAD festival at The Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

The goMAD festival at The Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

The festivities in Ooty have just come to an end. The hills were alive with music, art and dance for 3 days and now as the quiet and calmness descends on the hills we bring to you the glimpses of the day in photos and videos. So those who couldn’t make it to the M.A.D festival this year, here’s something to bring you some solace.

M.A.D festival held at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

The crowd was fantastic and as the weather held up and the rains didn’t play a spoilsport the bass, jazz, rock, metal, fusion, reggae  and classical – all came together to bring about a mesmerizing and an unforgettable experience in music and dance. The woods was the place to catch up your breath, as two stages had bands performing continuously from morning 11 to way past midnight every day. While en-route to the second stage people could buy knickknacks and kitsch stuff – some useful and some for pure fun! People stayed in tents or close by accommodations and the drive upto Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was always breathtaking.IMG_2808

The backdrop of a palace for a music festival was intimidating and the lovely lawns proposed the perfect area to lounge around as music lovers heard their favorite band perform.   Bands like Jeramiah Ferrari Sean Ronald and Friends, sky rabbit, 1001 ways, Agam and many others performed at the M.A.D festival at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty.

Having Fun can be soooo tiring at goMAD in Ooty

The goMAD festival at The Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

The goMAD festival at The Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty

As Day 2 at goM.A.D culminates, we have already heard almost 32 bands! The atmosphere is electric and the woods are alive with music and art! So many new talents have performed and so many interesting stories to share.

007The huge lawns at the Fernhills Palace are the perfect setting for such a unique concept- 2 stages with continuous live performances, lovely art instillations in the woods, relaxed atmosphere and great food and drinks… what more could you ask for? The mornings are spent hearing great music while lazing on the grass. But that’s not all, there’s a fun Photo Booth from Pictureculate who offer you amazing props! Wear the props + get wacky+ and a cool pic is ready in no time! What a fun way to remember the M.A.D festival J

People have come from various backgrounds and races, but what unites them is the goM.A.D festival. Enthusiastic photographers and professional ones are having the time of their life capturing the vibrancy, the spontaneity of it all!

The woods through which one has to pass to reach the other stage, just adds a different dimension to the whole atmosphere. It is almost like being in a fairy tale, where art installations peep from every branch of the tree and the moist earth adds freshness to the flea market here. If you want to have some fun, there is a caricature stall! Have a caricature done of yourself or your gang at M.A.D, It’s all about having fun! There was even a cool group that created music with empty drums, paint cans, empty bottles and PVC pipes!

As night sets in, the music comes alive with lovely lights playing on the stage! The chill in the air does not matter and evenings offer the perfect ambience for some mad dance moves, while the bonfire in the night offers a place to make new friends. It is Music… Masti and Madness all the way

Feast of a royal banquet experience, for the new age traveler

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Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace is a royal palace for some while a calm isle of rejuvenation for others. For His Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar it is a palace of lovely memories, fantastic weather and an amazing life experience. He believes that every visitor to the palace should be able to take back some amazing experiences that he will cherish for life. So even if you are not staying at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, don’t lose heart, you can now experience the royal banquet experience every day.

Ambience : The banquet hall at Ferrnhills Royaal Palace is one of the grandest venues in Ooty. It has been host to many social and family events like school reunion, book launches, wedding receptions and even film shoots. As the early morning rays streak into the banquet hall the calm and serene ambience is almost magical. The grand Durbar hall today is host to a royal breakfast, lunch and dinner spread. Personal involvement of the Maharaja has ensured the best in line equipment with best is business food. With its new range of equipments like- dessert display, cold cuts, coffee maker, plate warmer, snacks warmer – the presentation is very sophisticated.The banquet hall view

Food: Apart from the presentation, special attention is given to the kind of food that is served. An amazing variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian food awaits you for lunch while live music in the background during dinners makes it even more special. There are juices, fresh fruits and cornflakes along with eggs of your choice, and a mix of south Indian fare for breakfast.

The lunch and dinner is a wide spread with salads, indian breads of your choice, veg / non veg curries , flavoured rice ,pastas, and desserts. There is also an ala carte menu available for those who wish to make their own choice. The executive chef is always around to make sure your dining experience is great.

Mysore Dasara 2012 culmination

Today is Dasara or Vijayadashmi, the grand culmination of Mysore Dasara celebrations. Dasara or Dusherra as called in North India is a day to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The nine days that celebrate Goddess Durga in various forms culminates today. Durga Pooja festival marks the victory of Maa Durga over Mahishasura. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervor in various Indian states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura,West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

In North India Dasherra is celebrated by burning the effigy of Ravana. In East India, Durga idols are immersed in water, while in South India, especially in Mysore the nine-day long festivities end with a grand royal procession. On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore city. The main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed on a golden mantapa on the top of a decorated elephant. This idol is worshipped by the royal couple and other invitees before it is taken around in the procession. Colourful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped.

Here is a video of the Mysore Dasara explaining the fanfare that surrounds the Dasherra festival.

Mysore Dasara 2012 Kite Flying Festival

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The Mysore Dasara 2012 festival saw a colorful response at the kite flying festival. Kites in lovely colors and imaginative shapes adorned the sky and converted a rather cloudy day into a cheerful one. The competition was held at Lalith Mahal grounds and saw a strong turnout by Mysoreans. Here are a few pictures that encapsulate the day for you.

Photo courtesy – MysoreDasara2012

Program schedule for today – 22/10/12

Program schedule for tomorrow – 23/10/12

Papon’s Soulful music from MTV studio and MAD festival

Papon enthralled the audience at Fernhills Palace Ooty, at the recently concluded MAD festival. The very talented Papon, did it again in the latest episode of MTV coke studio, where his performance of Tokari, has caught on everybody’s imagination.

Tokari is a folk song from Assam. Tokari is a form of traditional folk music in Assam, which also originates from the Assamese instrument dukari. Papon has added a lot of electronic elements to the song. This form of folk music is slowly dying out in Assam & this is Papon’s attempt to give it some focus and bring it back to life.

Reliving the MAD festival on world music day

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Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace was proud to host the first edition of MAD music festival in Ooty. It was three days of music, magic, thrill and excitement. Acknowledging the World music day, that was on 21st june, we bring to you a few pictures of the MAD festival.