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.


“We use to dream of participating in a festival like this.” Vasu Dixit – Swarathma


In its continued efforts to feature Ooty’s tribal legacy, the Royal Family at Ooty opened the first day of MAD festival with an invocation by the TODA and KOTA tribes. Performing in their tribal attire, the groups set the mood to this magical mix of tribal, contemporary, funk and jazz music festival!

The MADness then unfolded with KRYPTOS taking centrestage! Needless to say a mind-blowing performance!

MAD Festival Ooty

Kryptos performing at the MAD Festival

Meanwhile, at stage 2, or as we call it Calaloo, ringing it in Royal Style at Fernhills Palace was VAYALI, a Kerala based Bamboo Orchestra. Melodious, soothing and calm, no better ask on a serene morning under a tree at the MAD Festival at Ooty.

Then came rolling in with bursts of colour was SWARATHMA and their music with a message. The MAD festival got MADDER with SWARATHMA doling out music that got the crowd jumping for more. 

Swarathma performing at the MAD festival

Swarathma performing at the MAD festival

As the sun slowly went down, a walk through the woods and through Ooty’s very own funky bazaar at the MAD festival was truly beautiful.

The evening only got better with power packed performances by RAGHU DIXIT PROJECT and INDIAN OCEAN. With the sudden surge of people it was evident they knew what they wanted and did not go back unsatisfied.

Day 1 saw a magnificent end… only to let us know what we have in store for the next 2 days!

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