Are there any accessible festivals or performances available for people to experience this music firsthand?
There is certainly a small, growing platform for seeing many of the musicians we encountered up close. For tribal music and cultures in Nagaland, for instance, there is the incredible Hornbill Festival
, a seven-day cultural fiesta held amid the mountainous backdrop of Kohima every December.
For Baul music, there is Poush Mela
every winter, a colorful rural carnival in West Bengal’s Shantiniketan that sees nomadic Bengali singers, tribal dancers, and folk opera acts attract millions every year.
For more classical lineups, the Sawai Gandharva festival
in Pune every December is arguably the largest, most popular, and most sought-after Indian classical music festival in the world, famous for its star performers and all-night concerts.
And finally, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival
is an annual music and arts presentation of rich North Indian traditions held in the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.