While in India I have attended two music concerts. The first was a large event off-campus that consisted of 3-days of big-names in India called NH7. The second was a smaller (but still large -about 8 000 people) concert on campus called Coke Studio intended to promote the big university sports event currently running at FLAME. (watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxVCL16559Y#t=153 ).
Since I heard so much about the 3-day music concert beforehand, I assumed the size would be huge. I was surprised how few people and stages there were, especially considering that there are 417 more people per km squared in India than in Canada. It reminded me of many concerts I’d attending in Vancouver and made me miss the friends back home that I could imagine with me.
I found a little piece of home when I spotted nanaimo bars (the woman selling them was pleasantly surprised at my reaction and told me she had to explain what they were to everyone else).
My friend from campus has a cousin who moved to a new place, leaving their apartment near the festival empty. Five of us were able to stay in this beautiful house that had more bedrooms and bathrooms than the amount of us.
…I unexpectedly came across Russell Peter quotes.
Even though small, the set-up was beautiful.
During the day I had time to sit in the sun and read an autobiographical book about a man who was part of the Untouchable caste in Ghandi’s time and was involved in the political changes during that time.
The second day of the concert there were many more people (and more pink hair -see man in back of picture).
The atmosphere was incredible and very friendly.
After the first night, the festival became much more crowded. It was so neat to see people from campus that I knew- running into people IN INDIA that I happened to know was hilarious.
The other concert was on campus and called Coke Studio. A friend and recent Quest graduate was travelling around India and by chance had some time to spare. He came to visit campus on this night. The campus was abuzz with tons and tons of people. Since Coke sponsored the concert, there was tons of advertisement and explicit and implicit messages promoting the drink.
^ Tanner representing Squamish’s Howe Sound in India.
I did not have many expectations for my trip to India, but I definitely did not expect to be attending music concerts. Listening to the Hindi/English mixed music has been some of my favourite times here.
It’s funny how the unexpected sometimes makes the best memories.
Until next time,