1. International Sufi Music Festival
This three-day festival features top local and international Sufi musicians from Brazil, Hungary, Portugal, Scotland and Turkey. There will be music workshops all day and free concerts in the evenings, as well
When: February 5-7, 2016; workshops: 11 am to 2 pm; concerts: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rabindra Sadan-Nandan campus, Kolkata
With over 100 international and national artists, more than 25 genres, 23 nations and over 30 gourmet food and beverage options – SulaFest 2016 is back to give you a weekend full of music, wine, food and fashion, at the idyllic environs of the vineyards and the winery’s beautiful open-air, Greek-style amphitheater.
When: February 6-7, 2016
Where: Nashik, Maharashtra
3. Goa Carnival
During this colourful festival, the streets come alive with parades, floats, music, and masked dances. It culminates with the Red and Black Dance, a formal ball in Panaji, where the dress code is red and black. The festivities kick off with a Food and Culture Festival in Panaji. Started in 18th century, it has developed into the state’s most famous event.
When: February 6-9, 2016
Where: The festival moves from city to city (Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa). The parade starts out from Panaji.
4. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
This nine-day festival displays artwork by world renowned artists; hosts poetry sessions, book launches; has music and dance performances by distinguished artistes. Must opt for heritage walks to get an insight into Mumbai’s heritage.
When: February 6-14, 2016
Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra
It is a festival that celebrates original, independent music clubbed with a memorable travel experience to an exotic location. Its desert venue manages to create a truly unique experience for all who attend it. Camping out in dunes, using camels as festival transport and dancing under the moonlit desert sky, make this festival stand apart from others.
When: February 11-14, 2016 (subject to change)