Every year thousands of revelers get together dancing through the snaking roads of Mumbai on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva & Parvati. DJ Asad ( Free Atmah ) has heralded this yearly event since it's inception in 1999. DJ Whosane also joined in soon and with a little help from friends " Dance Ganesha " has become the unifying force for people from all walks of life dancing in synchronous to the psychedelic beat !
Music has always been the primary form of celebration and devotion through time immemorial. Every year, the DJ's Asad and DJ Whosane!, compose and mix tracks specially created for this event. The theme behind the compilations is that the music should not influence the mind but instead create a silence within each individual, facilitating a positive connection with the universe. It should preserve the sanctity and purity of the event and the Ganesh festival.
The music combines the ancient Indian sounds and rhythms with modern electronic fusion music that transcend all artificial boundaries, unifying the crowd with its spirit. Dj Asad believes that dance is a collective expression of music, where the dancer disappears and only the dance remains.
The music is without popular Hindi film lyrics, and breaks away from today's over-commercialized Bollywood and pop genre. It cuts across all barriers of age, religion, caste, gender, language and socio-economic status. People are unified by the innate spirit of music, which gives them the opportunity to collectively revel on the streets of Mumbai. The event happens only once a year, but the experience lasts forever.
This year 25000 people were present in the 3000 meter Trance Dance parade. Check out a video to the Dance Ganesha which happened on September 14th, 2008 here . The track in the background is this fantastic trance version of " Deva o Deva Ganapati Deva .. " I heard it for the 1st time and I loved it !