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Thursday, March 6, 2008
V I E W
P O I N T S
Under the lit up leaves of the giant banyan tree, with the undis-
turbed lake in the background was where it hit me.
I had put on makeup, been tediously wrapped in a sari but the
effort put into this night was nothing compared to my angry
Cursing the unwashed apple I had eaten earlier, I accepted
defeat and walked up the rock stairs of the open-air amphithe-
atre to my bed. On the way I passed hundreds of people who
had come to Fireflies for the night. I couldn’t believe that I was
going to sleep after only managing to stay up for a few hours of
the all-night music festival held annually at Fireflies that I had
looked forward to so much.
The festival has grown in popularity since the first one five
years ago. Last year’s drew 2,000 Bangaloreans to Fireflies and
there had been talks this year about needing to turn people away.
Each year promoted a different theme including peace and
awareness for the environment. This year’s theme, the plight of
the tribals, was especially important for me because of the tribes
we visited in Mysore.
By bringing awareness to the beauty of tribal culture in India,
Siddhartha hoped to bring back into theforefront the connection
we all should share with nature. The tribals have an intercon-
nectedness with nature that most humans lack. Their way of
life, seen as backward to much of the outside world, is the ulti-
mate practice of sustainable living that would laugh at the organ-
ic food we buy or the green cleaning supplies purchased.
The fact that the stage for the bands is set within the banyan
tree keeps that theme alive the whole night as it is celebrated
along with the music. The bands range from traditional to mod-
ern, incorporating many different styles into a type of fusion
genre that is something of a tr