Cormorant Festival: Musical-war in Uttarakhand


Rudraprayag, The scenic locale of Papdasu in the hill district of Rudraprayag will play the perfect host for first of its kind musical-war. Cormorant Festival ‘Band-War’ as the name suggests is an open invite to music bands from all genres of music be it hip-hop, rock, rap, folk, pop, indie, fusion and classical to take on each other and walk away with prizes worth a lakh.

Cormorant Festival, named after the indigenous Indian Shag or Hindi Jal Murgi, Pan Kaoway in Garhwali, is a black duck-like waterbird with blue-green eyes, a rounded head, and a slender, long-hooked bill is found in abundance here. The bird is a symbol of indulgence, and rightly so. Participants and audience of the three-day event will indulge in a medley of mixed music with the perfect blend of adventure such as Water skiing, Hot air ballooning, ATV Biking, Rafting, Paragliding, Angling, Trekking, Surfing and cycling to name a few.

Papdasu a 13 km ride from the district headquarters and is known for its scenic lake where Cormorant bird nests year after year and which has been the venue of many events in the past.

The three day musical extravaganza kick starts on 13th of March with legendary Narendra Singh Negi’s performance, followed by Indian playback singer Palak Muchchal on the 14th . The closing event on the 15th will witness a grand musical stand-off between ‘best of eight bands’ making their way from North East, Pune, Delhi and Kolkata as well.

Scheduled post holi so that visitors to the fest can get the best of weather and settings, the Cormorant Festival could well become a yearly event on the cultural map of Rudraprayag.

For those interested, the last date for submission is 8th March 2020.

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The winner walks away with prizes worth one lakh rupees, 2nd with 50,000/- and 3rd prize is prizes worth 35,000/-