He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.
Music has the ability to make the lonely feel loved and the loved feel cherished. One such cherished moment for me was attending India's very first World Music Festival, held over the Valentine's weekend this year in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
As if the idea of Valentine's in Udaipur wasn't romantic enough, the festival added to its charm. It brought together over 100 global artists and ensembles from more than 12 countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Ghana, Venezuela, as well as India.
The music festival was a citywide, multi-venue event that showcased several genres of music, and celebrated its spirit in various dance performances. As music touched souls, cheers from the crowds motivated the performers. In an age where most people follow pop music, it was a welcome change to see so many music lovers come out to enjoy the beats of classical, regional, Sufi and various other types of genres.
Apart from being a platform that brought together artists from across the globe, a significant aspect of the Udaipur World Music Festival was that it marked the successful completion of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Spain and India.
The World Music Festival was a truly enriching experience. I got a chance to witness some of the most beautiful performances I've ever seen, and also become part of this wonderful initiative of bringing people closer through the magic of music.