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.


Glimpses of the M.A.D music festival at the Queen of hill stations Ooty

It’s more than three months, since the MAD festival and we are still dizzy from the glitz and frenzy that unfolded for three days in the month of April at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace Ooty. Three days of Music, Art and Dance, a whirlwind of activities, soulful music right from rock to folk and free spirited indulgence – all on the star-lit lawns and woods of the Ferrnhills Property.
Our 40 acre property was milling with music lovers, travelers, photographers and the like. All had come together to celebrate music that cuts across genres and countries. The ‘MAD’ culmination of music, arts and cultures against the backdrop of our Heritage Hotel, kind of transported us back in time, when Maharaja’s patronized various art and cultural activities to promote a talent or creed. It was befitting that a contemporary music festival be held in the erstwhile summer palace of Maharaja of Mysore, in the picturesque hill station of Ooty. As the likes of Raghu Dixit and Papon performed to a live audience, everybody relaxed and rejuvenated in the perfect weather of Ooty.
Our guest list included Raghu Dixit, Papon, Indian Ocean and Isha Sharvani. As they soaked in the colonial charm, we strived to ensure that all the guests and the audience got to enjoy every minute of their time spent at Ferrnhills. It was a MAD extravaganza that had continuous performances on two stages built on either side of the woods at Fernhills property. The woods doubled up as the bar and a flea market, where audience could relax and shop to their heart’s content. Big brands like Kingfisher, Blackdog and Signature had set up this bar in the nature’s lap. The jam sessions and the paintball zone added the zing factor to this vibrant festival . We look forward to hosting another M.A.D festival in near future.

Isha Sharvani’s dance video from the MAD festival Ooty

As Isha Sharvani performed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace to a mesmerized audience, all we could think of was capturing this great dance form into a video and treasuring it for life. Isha is an accomplished acrobat dancer, whose claim to fame were the flawless aerial moves in the movie Kisna. More recently she has become a household name for her beautiful renditions of various bollywood dance numbers on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a popular show on Colours Television channel.

Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Isha have put together the dance show named Shiva Shakti that was performed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace. They will be touring this show for the year 2012. It is a Tantrik interpretation of freedom. It is a representation of a desire to unbound, and go beyond boundaries. Seeing Isha perform live against the backdrop of an erstwhile palace was magical and the vast expanses of lawns made the dance interpretation of being free come alive. The dance form, though contemporary is an improvement on various Indian dance forms and skills.

With great reviews from Madhuri Dixit, Remo and Karan Johar, along with some astounding scores, we are sure that she will emerge as one of the toughest contests to beat on this show. Here’s wishing Isha great success for her television endeavor. We hope to see many more brilliant performances on the show, just like the one that we witnessed at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, Ooty.

A fairytale reception at the Ferrnhills Royaal Palace Ooty

Matches are made in heaven … but solemnized on earth! It is true that weddings are a celebration; however many times we forget that it is a celebration of a new relation. With all the latest wedding packages, time bound ceremonies, check-listed rituals there hardly seems any time for understanding and accepting the new bond.

At Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace heritage is the essence. The hotel boasts of a tradition; a lifestyle so regal that it takes you back in time. A time when relations were above all, when traditions were respected and getting things done as per one’s taste was a nobel trait.

Our guests Fariz and Nazia expressed their desire to have a highly personalized reception at Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace, Ooty, post their wedding in Bangalore. Being a part of His Royal Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s estate and functioning as a luxury palace hotel, it was part of our grooming and tradition that their wishes had to be fulfilled. As a result, Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace offered the entire hotel at their disposal for 3 days.

We realized that Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace had to serve as a home away from home to help the family bond. The Siddique family had planned in great details to make this occasion a memorable one and it was Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace responsibility to assist them in whichever way possible. As the whole place was taken by the Siddique family, they could have a wonderful time at their own pace. Large open spaces, excellent weather, facilities like horse riding, billiards, etc helped the family relax, while the woods around the property rejuvenated many.

“Weddings are supposed to be a time for bonding with the family; getting to know each other better and creating fond memories that will help chisel a wonderful life together. That is what Ferrnhills helped us achieve.” Mr Siddique