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As light showers bring evening temperatures down, a festival at the Bandra Fort garden this weekend may be music to your ears and for your furry companions. In its second edition, the Totem Pole, a unique “youth music festival”, prides itself for being completely alcohol, drug and smoke-free.
Julian Pinto, a member of the organising team, said: “The new generation is being rapidly introduced to alcohol and drugs, especially at concerts and music festivals. Our idea is to show them that you can enjoy really good music without indulging in any kind of intoxication. We also place emphasis on being environment friendly. While the festival is mainly for the teens, you can bring your family and pets too.”
The festival boasts of a line up that includes Dharavi Rocks, Baba Sehgal, Shilpa Rao and international musicians like Theolodge and Nicholas Galat. “The aim of the festival is to encourage fresh talent and expose them to different types of music, which is also in the form of interactive sessions and workshops with artistes. “This year, Grammy winning producers, engineers and managers, Charity Lomax, DJ Swivel and Josh Gudwin held a conference on ‘The landscape of music and entertainment industry in India’ a day before the festival to encourage upcoming musicians, learn from them and their experiences and insights,” said Pinto.
The highlight of the festival is the contests it conducts for aspiring music producers, songwriters, dancers and bands. “The ‘Top of the Pole’, our school band competition, auditions were held on Saturday. Not only does the winning band get to perform on stage on the last day but also gets the opportunity to produce its own album under the mentorship of Ashish Manchanda, the co-founder of Flying
Carpet Productions and the co-curator of the music festival”, said Pinto. The line up for Sunday includes Sayantika Ghosh, Alif, Best Kept Secret, Fifty50, Prathamesh Tambe and Omkar Patil among others. Even better, the entry is free and the performances will continue till 10 pm.