Music Fest


2015 has ended and whether the year was great or terrible for you, it’s over. Now’s the time to look forward towards the year ahead and this certainly calls for a special beginning. Here’s a list of some of the most happening fairs and festivals taking place in Delhi this month:

  1. Great Indian Food Festival

Relish delicacies from different parts of India. Enjoy with your friends and family and get lost in the aroma of special dishes from Delhi, Amritsar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Rajasthan and other various cities of India.

When: 23rd – 24th January 2016
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura, New Delhi
Timings: 12pm-11pm

  1. World Food and Wine Festival

It brings delicious food and exotic wines from all over the world. The Festival also features many food related competitions and fun zones for all age groups.

When: January 30 – January 31
Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Gate No 2
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium
Timings: 12pm to 10 pm

Image Credits: www.worldfoodwinefest.com
Image Credits: www.worldfoodwinefest.com


  1. India Art Festival

The biggest art fair held in Mumbai is holding its Delhi edition with exquisite art galleries along with some prominent artists from across the world.

When: 14 – 17 January
Where: National Stadium
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Timings: 12pm – 8pm

  1. Dastkari Craft Bazaar

Dastkari Craft Festival, organised by Dastkaari Haat Samiti, features handicrafts from all over India and Myanmar.

When: 1 – 15 January
Where: Dilli Haat, INA
Nearest Metro Station: INA
Timings: 11am – 9pm

  1. World Book Fair

Asia’s biggest book fair is finally back and brings more than 1000 books on philosophy, language and literature. Apart from that, various panel discussions and dramatic performances will also take place this year. ‘The Cultural Heritage of India’ is the theme of the fair this year.

When: 9 – 17 January
Where: Pragati Maidan
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan
Timings: 11am – 9pm

  1. Crime Writer’s Festival

This one’s for all the thriller readers out there. Get an opportunity to hear crime writers, journalists and filmmakers from all over the world like Jerry Pinto, Avirook Sen and Ravi Subramanian, sharing their experiences and views about crimes in society and various plots.

When: 16 – 17 January
Where: Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timings: 10am – 7pm

Image Credits: www.crimewritersfestival.com
Image Credits: www.crimewritersfestival.com


  1. Neon Music Festival

Visit the biggest musical event of the nation with some of the best talent from the world of trance, EDM, dubstep, deep house, tropical & PSY, while covered in ultra neon.

When: 30 Jan
Where: JLN Stadium, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium
Timings: 5pm – 10pm


Featured Image Credits: www.buzzintown.com

The 25th edition of Surmanjari, the annual fest of Musoc, the Music Society of Kirori Mal College will be held on on 1-2 March. While the fest would see a spectrum of Western and Indian Music competitions being held, the highlight would be the Musoc Concert. ‘This That’, the new in-house band of the society will also gig in the concert.

The Musoc is among the most reputed college music societies in the country, having produced renowned singers like KK, Gaurav Bangia and Shamit Tyagi, Valentine Shipley and the band Parikrama. It’s an Indian cum Western music society where every member performs both the forms of music. Surmanjari is the oldest music fest in the University.

On the day 1 of the fest, the prelims for the Indian and the Western Choir  will be held. This would be followed by the Musoc concert which is scheduled to start at 12 noon. The set-list for the Musoc concert this year includes songs by AR Rahman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Coke Studio and Vishal-Shekhar. The concert would be a 3 hour affair. This year, the society’s new band ‘This That’ will put up its first public performance. Pranav Pahwa, a Jazz fusion guitar player and the ex president of the society would also play during the concert. “Fusion music with Carnatic vocals going into modern funk, or a set of vocalists that are trained in Indian Classical music and are equally good at singing western songs with complex harmonies, Musoc’s performance is a reflection of stellar instrumentation and outstanding vocals”, says Shruti Badri, the president of Musoc. A few pass-outs of the society will join the current members for the performance of an original composition by the choir.

A footfall of about 4000 students is expected during the fest, with majority of it for the Musoc concert. “Students from across the campus, even the South Campus come over to attend the concert. Last year’s concert was a big hit amongst the students and we are expecting an even better response this year”, says Parth Sharma, a second year Musoc member.

The day 2 of the fest would see a number of musical competitions being held. The finals for the Indian and the Western choir, the solo Indian Music competition, and the solo Western Music competition will be held. Unlike other solo Indian music events, in Surmanjari, participants are not allowed to sing to ghazals, folk or semi-classical music songs.

The entry for the concert is free for students.


Photo Credits: Shaleen Seth