On 17th November, Forest Hills at Tala pulled out its biggest event, in the form of Mysa. The 2-day music event was curated by Forest Hills, in association with Nariyal Paani & Gently Altered. The fest was filled with 20 plus hours of non-stop music, performed by 12 national and international artists.
The check-ins begun as music lovers from all across the globe started flooding in at 1 pm. Guests were welcomed with a soothing traditional welcome drink. After check-ins and registrations, the music maniacs were taken to their respective villas and tents. While ‘on the spot’ registration was still on, a healthy ‘farm to fork’ buffet meal was arranged.
The countdown begun as the sun started setting down. It was the time for the 1st session of the grand music event at our stage 1, i.e. The Meadows. The first stage was erected on level 4 of our property, and a total of four artists entertained the crowd from 7 pm to 12 am. Chasing Rainbows, started the eve with the dope music, and continued from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The scintillating SHRI continued from 8:30 pm till 10 pm, and made the crowd go gaga with her lit electronic tunes. Soon after Shri, Burudu (Sahil Bhatia & Nakul Sharma) took the stage on fire with their hour-long mesmerizing act. The dynamic duo knew the nerves of their audiences and hit the right stroke. The last act at The Meadows was Donn Bhatt + Passenger Revelator. Donn Bhat is a genre-defying, live experimental electronica producer and composer, and did exactly what the night demanded. He played from 11 pm to 12 am kept the moods of the audiences demanding for more.
In the meanwhile, a buffet dinner was set. Multiple cuisines were presented before the guests, followed by beverages.
The fest had multiple artists, and Forest Hills was all prepared for it. After the first session, the base was shifted to stage 2, i.e. ‘The Kund’. As the name suggests, the stage was made in an artificial reservoir. The late-night sessions were commenced by DJ G.A.D, and he set the mood going with his retro electro music, by performing some of the widely acclaimed chartbusters. The UK based artist Pinch, took the baton from G.A.D at 1:30 am and performed a non-stop music for the next 2 hours. The renowned DJ dropped some of the dopest beats and made the Kund his own empire. Best known as the dubstep artist, the Englishman blended styles such as Reggae, World Music, and Dancehall with dubstep. As the night was getting darker, Mathieu Josso aka M.MAT took over the discs at 3:30 am. The French DJ, now residing in Mumbai, amazed the fraternity with his contemporary electronic beats.
As there was no sleeping in the schedule, the base was again shifted, and this time, at stage 3, i.e. The Cliff Stage. At 5 in the morning, the fest changed its gears from Electronic to House, and it was our Pune based DJ - Roan Sable, who took the crowd get going. The House and Techno genre lasted till 6:30 am, and there was no slowing down. Beatfrenzy aka Ozzie T, a deep house, tech house, and techno DJ and producer, continued the hypnotic setting flowing.
The moon went down, the sun rose again, but the music was on. Amidst the flow of some ecstatic drops, an open brunch was served. The brunch was on from 10 am to 4 pm, and it was the time for the last session of the fest. The last session took place at stage 4, i.e, The Pool Side Valley. The segment began with the hip-hop music, performed by Jaipur based record producer, Nitesh Jhurani aka Owlist. While the sun was at its peak, the crowd was chilling in the dopest hip-hop vibes. It was 2 pm, and the most-awaited artist was all set to perform. And it was none another than Matteo from The Chinese Man records, who concluded the colossal music festival. DJ, producer and co-founder member of the Chinese Man group, Matteo oscillates between Hip-Hop and Electro, and he did what he is best known for.
Though the event left a lasting impression, some elements apart from music also stole the limelight. We are talking about the lights, the setup, the arrangements and how the hills were converted into a perfect musical gala venue. Music is not limited to humans, nor does Forest Hills at Tala. Being a pet-friendly resort, the event saw some of the cutest pooches, having a good time with their music-loving parents.
Well, as the location resides in the palms of nature, escapades like Community Art Therapy and Tribal Body Art were also a part of the event. Here, guests enjoyed playing with organic colors. While some tried coloring the canvas, few of them colored themselves in the ancient tribal form. Community camping, barbeques, and bonfire were some major highlights, but the brief session of Slacklining was another eye-catcher.
The 2-day long event came to an end with smiles on faces, unique experiences in the backpacks and a perpetual quest for the contemporary music.