Ladakh International Music Festival
Ladakh International Music Festival
Ladakh, also known as the ‘Land of High Passes’, hosted the inaugural edition of the Ladakh International Music Festival in 2022. The three-day event featured performances by some of the country’s best-known rock acts, a band competition for local musicians, and a special tribute to the brave hearts of the Indian Army at one of the world’s highest war memorials, Rezang La, located at an elevation of 18,000 feet.
The line-up included folk-fusion rock band Indian Ocean, singer-composer Joi Barua and his group, progressive rock band Parashara, folk music ensemble Tetseo Sisters, and EDM DJs Ali Burrni and DJ Anna Radko. The local Ladakhi music acts included Acoustive, Anonymous, Da Shugs, Faisal Ashoor, Maryul Semyangs and Rolyangs. A fashion show helmed by Leh-based fashion house Jigmat Couture and dance performances by performing arts academy Art of Motion Ladakh were also staged.
Conceptualised by Sushil Chaudhary, the founder and CEO of PictureTime DigiPlex, and Joi Barua, who is the programme director, the Ladakh International Music Festival was executed with the help of Major General Akash Kaushik, Chief of Staff, Fire and Fury Corps, who was also contemplating staging a music festival in the region. PictureTime DigiPlex, in collaboration with the Indian Army and sky2ocean, an event planning company run by Indian Army veterans, were the organisers of the festival.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Leh
1. By Air: Leh has its own airport, which is served by direct flights from New Delhi, Mumbai and Srinagar. Flights via Delhi and Srinagar can be availed from any part of the country. From the airport, local cabs can be hired to reach anywhere in Leh.
2. By Rail: Pathankot, Chandigarh and Kalka are the railway stations closest to Leh. Trains from various Indian cities serve these stations. One can board a train to any of these stations and then hire a cab to reach Leh.
3. By Road: The Himachal Road Transport Corporation and Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation operate daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh. Government buses, both deluxe and ordinary, run from Kargil and between Leh and Srinagar at regular intervals. Cars and jeeps are also available for the Leh-Srinagar and Leh-Manali route.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Masks mandatory
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. In case you are travelling to Ladakh, it’s advisable to take a tablet to deal with high altitude sickness, a few hours before taking the flight.
2. Keep well-hydrated. Take a sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the organisers allow bottles to be taken into the venue.
3. Woolens to keep warm.
About PictureTime DigiPlex
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