Vinoda Paliencar, an Indian-elected politician as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) in the village of Siolim, is attempting to ban the country’s largest EDM festival from being held in the village of Goa.
Paliencar alleges that demons played Trance music during the Hindu mythological war between the Samundra Manthan (churning of the ocean) and the gods.
As the tale goes, the great churning, Samundra Manthan, was necessary because the gods were powerless and sought the help of the demons to accomplish this enormous task. The gods and demons got together for the herculean task, and the mountain, Mandara, was used as the pole to stir the waters, thus originating Amrita, otherwise known as the nectar of immortality.
Paliencar has worked diligently to end Trance parties and said that according to the Upanishads, (ancient Sanskrit texts that contain some of the central philosophical concepts and ideas of Hinduism) every time Trance music is played, evil triumphs over good.
“Trance music is the music of demons, and we want to play such music? Of the 10 Upanishads (there are hundreds of Upanishads, but the first ten are deemed most important), the Katha Upanishad talks about music and says that during Samundra Manthan, the demons and gods fought, and this music was being played as the gods lost,” he said.
Paliencar seems to be rewriting mythology since Samundra Manthan is mentioned in the Puranas (Indian myths, legends, and other traditional lore known for depicting intricate layers of symbolism within the stories). He stated that if the state (village) wanted to protect its future generation, then music by the gods should be played and not the Trance music played by the demons.
He also wants a ban on the upcoming Sunburn Festival to be held in the coastal belt of Vagator between December 27-29, 2019. Still, the Goa government has already given “in-principal” approval for the event.
Paliencar also cites rampant drug use in the villages and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with names and details of all those involved in the drug trade at parties. “When I get up early in the morning for my practice, I can still hear the music,” he proclaimed. “Police officials are hand in glove with these drug dealers and party organizers. The government must conduct an inquiry into the issue of drugs and illicit substance abuse. There are drug parties, and no crackdown has been done on them.”
Paliencar’s constituency includes Anjuna and Vagator, which are popular destinations for nightlife and Goa Trance.
He believes that “If every day four to five such crackdowns are done, the drugs issue will also be solved automatically.”