Storm Music Fest: Coorg will go the Goan way
Coorg will become a haven for drugs like Goa if the Storm Music Festival on the lines of Woodstock is held as planned for two days from November 11.
The mega rock festival is being held at Napoklu near Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu (Coorg), which is being hosted by well-known DJ Nikhil Chinapa.
The Storm Music Festival offers 37 performing artists (Bands & DJs) from India and across the globe on a 28 acre land in the ecologically fragile Western Ghats. The noisy music and the presence of thousands of hard rock enthusiasts could pose a threat to the environment.
The groups scheduled to play at the festival include, Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project, Leslie Lewis, Swarathma, Soulmate, Faridkot, Ankur and The Ghalat Family, Yodhakaa, Astitva, Agam, Aurko, Rishi inc, La Pongal, Airport, Projekt Square.
The camp-out music festival is being organized by Liquid Space, a company headed by Lavin Uthappa. Sachin Bopanna is one of the directors of the company.
Though organizers of the festival have claimed that “no drugs” will be used at the festival venue, it is a well known fact that hard drugs go hand in hand with such music festivals where rock groups perform.
The organizers have taken corporate sponsorship for the event. A tourism organization of the Karnataka government is also one of the sponsors of the festival.
EDITOR P. T. BOPANNA’S VIEW: It is not a good idea to stage such music festivals in ecologically sensitive areas. The Western Ghats is one of the eight hot spots of biodiversity in the world and holding such festivals will lead to ecological disaster.
Though Coorg has been fairly free from the drug menace, the festival could herald the arrival of drugs in a big way in the picturesque hill district.
Moreover, other music groups will also start holding their events in Coorg, as the place is a few hours drive from Bangalore.
The authorities should withdraw permission to the festival, if any such permission has already been granted.
The presence of so many bands gives the impression that the organizers are planning something on the lines of Woodstock Music and Art Festival, a rock event which was held at Bethel, a rural town in New York in 1969. Woodstock exemplified the counter-culture of the 1960s and the “”hippie era””