The sideshow at Alsisar

The Rajasthan village comes alive in more ways than one as it hosts its annual music festival
By: Aditi Tailang
Published: Feb 25, 2019
The sideshow at Alsisar

Image by : Aditi Tailang

The three-day Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan’s Alsisar village in December is a coming together of Indian and international music acts, art, workshops, food and magical connections, all of which take place inside a 17th century palace. While the atmosphere at the venue is electric, the village also comes alive with a few days of excitement, and extra earnings. Whether it is in the form of homes converted into homestays, farmers doubling as security guards, or out-of-town sellers of tea, eggs, Maggi and tender coconuts, the entrepreneurial spirit of the village is juxtaposed with the high-octane festival.