In 1999 DJ Freeaatmah AKA Asad Zaidi hosted his first Dance Ganesha event (then known as Trance Ganesha) at a dhobi house in South Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi area. His motive was to make the Ganesh festival accessible, especially to Mumbai’s upper class, and he believed he could do it with his music.

That he has been successful in doing so is evident in the fact that for the 17th year running, Zaidi and his band of DJs will take to the streets on Visrajan day with their own brand of EDM combined with Vedic shlokas – millennials, celebrities and corporate sponsors in tow. At last year’s event which started at the Mahalaxmi temple and wound its way towards Worli, we spotted Nikhil Chinappa, VJs Anoushka and Pia, Sapna Bhavnani, Tinu Vergese, Delna Poonawalla, and Bandana Tewari.

This great Indian street party is organised in conjunction with the Mahalaxmi Bal Sang Mandal, and as Zaidi explained in a previous interview: “For us, there is no distraction — there’s no Munni Badnaam… and so on. We pick DJs who know what Ganesh is all about. We perform the aarthi before getting on the truck.”

This year, Zaidi said, “We plan to achieve the state of dance where every dancer disappears and only the dance remains. We will dance like nobody’s watching.”

For those who can’t make it for Dance Ganesha (it’s happening on September 15), or want to but want a taste of what’s coming, Zaidi’s curated a special playlist for us. Happy listening!

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Higher Level (Bicep Remix), Isaac Tichauer

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Sneaky Synth, Swami Harami

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Cow House, Reality Grid a.k.a EVP

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Sacred Technology, Laughing Buddha

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Groove Addict, Magical Freakout

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Simple Molecule, Labirinto Vs Eclipse Echoes

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Dregaris, Pitch Bend

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Free Tibet, Highlight Tribe

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Deva O Deva, DJ Freeaatmah

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If you want to be a part of this year’s Dance Ganesh, all you have to do is turn up at the Mahalaxmi Temple compound by 3 pm on the 15th of September. Come prepared to have a blast with the Elephant God!

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