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Music for the Soul

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If you love music, and are in Dubai, then one of the things that you have to do this February is to attend an evening of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.  There will be 4 main gigs over the two weekends, (this time one of the artists being featured is none other than Carlos Santana), and 5 days at the Jazz Garden with reputed artists from all over the globe.

The atmosphere is just beyond description, you have to be there to actually take it all in. The music transforms you to another planet, as the artists encourage you (all the audience) to join in and have a good time. After a long hard days work, all the grinding through the traffic, one cannot ask for a better relaxation therapy than to spend an evening at the Jazz Festival.

If you need more information on this, go to their website at www.dubaijazzfest.com and you will get all details related to the event.

Its an evening that you will  not regret…do mark the dates in your diary.

 

Beat of the Drums

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Festivals in India take on a different dimension. There are lots of preparations that take place prior to the event, people and the entire community as a whole sets aside time for their participation in the festivals. Added to that is the fact that the events that take place happen in the open public areas, so everyone has access to it. In some areas (like the one pictured above), there was not enough open place for the celebration to take place, so it happened on the main road.

Traffic was diverted, the road was cordoned off, and the drummers and elephant, marched through the street. The drummers seemed to have endless amounts of energy, the beats kept rolling out in great rhythm, they kept swaying to the beat, much to the excitement of the crowd surrounding them. All in all a very festive and happy mood for everyone.

The drummers as well as the organizers of the festival were very receptive to the fact that we were taking pictures, however, being able to get good pictures was a bit of a challenge. It was late evening, almost sunset time, light was low…the drummers kept walking forward, swaying to the beat, and drumming, the crowds surrounding them were anxious to get the best view, so not too receptive to the photo making, there were people constantly walking in front of the drummers, and the road was not wide enough to accommodate all the activity happening on it. With a lot of moving around, coaxing of the viewers, making many apologies, we were able to get some good pictures of the event. Lesson learnt, talk to people, explain what you are trying to do, show them the images you are making, and they will help and accommodate you.