Days after former Goa Minister Vinod Palienkar likened Trance music to the music of demons, a right-wing group in Goa on Monday, December 16, 2019, demanded a ban on electronic dance music, especially the Sunburn Klassique music festival, alleging such events were a plot to destroy ancient Indian culture.
The festival is scheduled to be held at the Vagator beach in North Goa district from December 27-29, 2019.
“The Sunburn festival is encouraging and imposing western ill-influence on society, thereby making it ”pleasure-seeking” and immoral! It is destroying the Hindu culture and spoiling the name of Goa and Goans,” Manoj Solanki, convenor of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, told a press conference in Panaji, India on Monday.
“This is a plot to destroy our ancient Indian culture by promoting Western culture and their electronic dance festivals,” he said.
The last week of December in Goa is marked by a string of popular electronic dance music festivals and events, including Sunburn Klassique, which are thronged by thousands of music lovers.
Solanki also pointed out two incidents where young girls had succumbed to drug overdose while partying during music festivals in Goa in the recent past.
“The culture promoted at the festival is not ours. A wrong culture is promoted during the event, which attracts thousands of youth every year,” he said.
On December 8, Goa Forward MLA and former Fisheries Minister Vinod Palienkar had demanded a ban on Trance music festivals, claiming that they played the music of demons.