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Cebrations are meant to beat the rising heat and a fantastic way to welcome summer. While the Northern cities have lively street parties, we pick out places that give you the real feel of the festival. From rain dances and dhol artistes to pichkari and pani puri, here’s your chance to immerse yourself in the colours of life
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This year, ditch the neighbourhood Holi gathering in favour of Rang Utsav. Starting today, until Sunday, indulge in rain dances, a pool party, splashing colours (organic, of course) with plenty of finger food — from samosas and chaat to mithai and kathi rolls. DJs Ivan, Vishnu and Sameer Zaine and bands like Parvaaz, Aurko and Live Banned will keep you in the mood. Plus a flea market for your quirk wishlist trinkets. Tickets (Rs.699 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
Filmy style
For a typical Bollywood party, complete with a strict White Only dress code, head to Aloft Hotel today. DJ Suman, Karthik and Akshay will blast some classic tunes with a hint of EDM. Dance troupes will entertain you with folk, contemporary and Bollywood moves. Rain dances, party games and sing-songs are also planned. Food, drinks and colour are included in the ticket prices. `1,400 but you can splurge and stay at the hotel too for Rs.5,800. At Whitefield. Details: 66707777
Dance dramaFI
When you bring in Radio Fever and Budweiser, you’re set to have a real party. And that is exactly what Disco Holi 3, at the Chancery Pavilion promises all of today. A complete Bollywood theme party awaits you, and music from the very popular DJ Whosane, Assad Namazi (from Mumbai) and DJ Nash will keep your swinging. The fun begins at noon and is expected to roar on until midnight, so bring a change of clothes if you’re up for 12 hours of revelry. Being thrown into the pool or into the rain dance arena is part of the plan. Make sure you’ve had your share of vodka pani puri, chaats and thandai if you’ve got nerves. RS.500. At Residency Road. Details: 41414141
Drone age
Rangleela, now in its second season, goes bigger and better than last year with India’s number one Bollywood dance DJ, Suketu, taking over the turntables. Also to keep you company, local superstars, the Beat Gurus, will be playing their funky beats in a live jam session with DJ Guru. A Punjabi dhol troop will be thrown into the mix for some old-school fun. But since it is 2015, drones will blast out colours for exciting Holi showers from above, CO2 machines will pump dry ice and confetti cannons will add more colour. They also promise food stalls with street food from across the country and the neighbouring China too! Starts at 11.30 am, March 7 at Supernova Arena, Yelahanka. Entry .350. Details: 9901288116
Jungle carnival
A proper party, as over 10 DJs including Hussain and Hassan, Rang Munch returns for a second edition at Pebble — The Jungle Lounge. The highlights of the event are two stages, with 10 hours of non-stop music starting at 10 am today, a rain dance and dhol performers from Punjab adding an authentic feel. Organic colours will be used and distributed to stick to health and safety guidelines. At Palace Grounds, Sadashiv Nagar. Details: 9902750555
Gastronomic delights
If you’re interested in food, JW Kitchen is offering a lavish Holi spread including cocktails, traditional delicacies and festive desserts. Sample specials like lagan ki boti, murgh changezi, jalebi and malpua. `2,149++ without alcohol, `2,899 with alcohol. At JW Marriott, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 67188950

— Aakanksha Devi

Mini carnival
A mela of sorts gets going at Aqua, The Park, for their annual Holi bash Connect. Apart from the usual string of balloon fights, colour throwing and pichkari wars, they will have live dhol performers, stilt dancers, pottery sessions, mehendi and tattoo artistes and bangle sellers, all part of the flea market. Live chaat and jalebi counters, vodka pani puri and thandai is also on the cards. Rs.550. At Trinity Circle.
Details: 25594666

Tips and tricks
No one particularly wants to show up to work with pink ears and blue fingers. Here’s our pick of health and skin secrets that will reduce the effect of the colour, without hampering the fun.

Pre party:
♦ Apply moisturiser (or sun screen) generously all over your body and coconut or olive oil through your hair.
♦ Paint your nails with a thick coat of nail paint to prevent colours from sticking on.
♦ Drink plenty of water as hydrated skin absorbs less colours.

Post play:
♦ Wipe off nail paint before showering.
♦ Use cleansing milk if the colour is stubborn, and keep it on for three minutes before washing off.
♦ Make sure to condition the
lower half of your hair as it has less nutrients than the roots.

Wild side
The Lalit never fails to impress when it comes to having a good time. And Holi is no less of a gala. There will be a war of the DJs, dancers and colour (of course) while rain dances and balloon bursting games will add some friendly competition. The special menu includes typical Holi munchies — with an emphasis on chaat, especially pani puri, in addition to a special lunch menu with Punjabi, Rajasthani and tandoori delights. Unlimited food without alcohol (`1,200) and with alcohol (`1,800). At Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Detail: 30527777

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