When the experiences count as much as the music.
In 2016, Magnetic Fields became the first music festival in the country to bring storytellers from India and around the world under one roof by introducing Magnetic Words. It was an intimate and inspiring space where some of India’s finest writers, journalists, performers, artists and activists share and experience stories.
For their 2017 edition, Magnetic Words will return for its second edition and will feature acclaimed filmmakers like Mahesh Mathai, Ruchi Narain, respected journalists Sunetra Chaudhury and Shiv Aroor, celebrated photographer Samar Jodha among others.
To be hosted in the palace dungeon, like the previous edition, Magnetic Words will feature storytellers who present their own spin on the Mag Fields 2017 theme – Laws Of Attraction.
Filmmaker Mahesh Mathai, who has to his credit titles like Bhopal Express and innumerable ad films, will speak on how the law of attraction has often led him to the road less travelled, often against sage advice and brought him closer ideas and people that resonated with him. Writer and director Ruchi Narain, best known for writing Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi and directing KAL, will explore the magnetic pull of choices that brought a girl who didn’t know a word of Hindi to the Hindi film industry.
Celebrated photographer Samar Jodha will present his case on why art needs to go beyond beauty and focus on the big picture of social change instead. TV journalist and author Shiv Aroor will recount A Dead Soldier’s Dance, a story about the relationship between a young woman and her husband, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami – a Special Forces officer who killed 11 terrorists in his last ten days alive.
Founder of the acerbic-toned Newslaundry, media and news critique website, Abhinandan Sekhri questions what attracts the collective conscience, lofty ideals or base instincts and examines the premise of democracy in the digital age. Known face on Indian television, and journalist, Sunetra Chaudhury will recall tales of attracting sources for stories and how we piece together the stories we tell.
Filmmakers and close friends Taher Shabbir and Ashutosh Shah will share how their attraction to cinema brought them together. Popular radio jockey and creator of Mufflerman, Abhilash Thapliyal will explore how challenging the boundaries of what you know life to be is a road worth travelling.
Dastangoi – a 16th century Urdu storytelling art form that has been revived painstakingly by a few dedicated practitioners – will be performed by Sunil Mehra, a Delhi-based writer, filmmaker and actor. Hypnotherapist Radhika Kawlra will speak about how acknowledging the glorious hidden essence of your being can affect the universal consciousness.
Entrepreneur and wordsmith Chanchal Sanyal will talk about when attraction turns into repulsion and vice versa. The man behind the FM movement in India, Sharat Bhattatiripad will share how his love for radio helped him realise how powerful dreams can be. Part of one of India’s biggest bands, Parikrama for 18 years, Dilip Ramachandran will share and weigh the sordid symbiotic relationship attraction has with our own desires.
Attendees can also look forward to the Magnetic Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat within the festival that will offer a variety of wellness workshops and interactive content. Guests can make a stop here whenever they please and participate in activities that are inspired from ancient practices to improve your day-to-day life. It’s the healing technique that will have you feeling rejuvenated.
Participate in a host of therapeutic activities like yoga classes with Delhi-based yogi and psychologist Priyanjali, massage workshops with body reader Gwen, aromatherapy and essential oils workshop with Meraki and progressive muscle relaxation workshops with Prachi Gangwani, who has also been a yoga instructor at Magnetic Fields earlier.
TATVA, the official welfare partner at Magnetic Fields 2017, will also host an open group in the Sanctuary, and this will be a space that invites guests to share the diverse experiences of being at a festival.
Learn the art of making ‘mandalas’ with Krishna Khunti. ‘Mandala’ means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit and it represents wholeness.
Prasheen Lodhia will be returning to Magnetic Fields with ‘Hang Therapy’, a unique experience that uses sound to access the deeper states of relaxation and consciousness.
Rounding up the therapeutic experiences at Magnetic Fields 2017 is a workshop on preparing the perfect cup of tea along with the art of steeping tea for health and wellness. Tea whisperer, Ananmika Singh, will take you through this session and serve you up with a lot of delicious tea.
And, like any great festival, the experiences don’t end there. You must make it a point to be a part of ‘Photographing the Female’, an international project founded in 2016 by Danish photographer, writer, and curator Sarah Høilund. By using visual storytelling to explore what it means to be a woman in today’s world, this integrated workshop will work with the girls and women of Alsisar, giving them an opportunity tell their story. They will receive disposable cameras so that they can explore their surrounding and use photography as a medium to tell their stories.
Book your tickets and accomodation at Magentic Fields today right here, and be a part of these immersive experiences.