Festivals have become de rigueur experiences and experiencing music as a collective and merging ten thousand thumping heartbeat to one singular vein of thought is why we pay top dollar to see some of the best artists in the world live. But sometimes you want to have some room to breathe; a little more than one square foot to twist your legs, but that doesn’t mean you want to be alone. And you also want to listen to music you can hum to, and get up with a taal in your heart.

Mahindra Open Sky has been designed for those who like to unplug, in the company of those like them. So imagine spending two nights in the Thar Desert, in the company of camels and stars – both literal and musical. The likes of Ayushmann Khurrana, Parekh & Singh and Nikhil D’Souza, with just 500 other people. I’m so in love with the artist list that we plan to create a Mahindra Open Sky playlist for Eventraveler next.

Day 1

At the Mahindra Open Sky you’ll be bunking in luxury mobile tents, and dining on dunes. Get certified in off-roading after that or just sip on mojitos by the pool. Music kicks off with Sundowner sessions at 5 pm with Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator and we hope they begin with “The Beer was Over” followed by the adorable Parekh & Singh.

Then we have Papon- a Coke Studio regular and one of the most sought after voices in the country. We end our first day by the bonfire with singer- songwriter Nikhil D’Souza, as we listen to him sing about how the friend zone is the worst place to be. Nikhil who has signed with Warner music has a new album out called Beautiful Mind.

Day 2

Begin your second day practicing Ashtanga with Deepika Mehta – one of India’s foremost celebrity practitioners and someone who primarily holds workshops in Thailand, Bali and Goa. Day 2 also sees Mahindra Open Sky bringing us country soul singer Sam Lewis who’s album “Waiting on You” has been considered one of the top country albums of the year. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to watch the sun go down.

Rock band Anand Bhaskar Collective takes the main stages and leads the way for Ayushmann Khurrana, whose “Pani Da Rang” will probably result in multiple encores. The night ends with us being serenaded by Nikhil D’Souza as we toast to spending our last night under a clear sky since most know they’re heading home to hazy blue starless city skies.

(Image by India Safari Club)

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