The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a Mumbai rave party and arrested eight persons, including Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s elder son recently. Khan was apprehended in connection with the agency’s seizure of 13 grammes of cocaine, 5 grammes of MD, 21 grammes of hashish, 22 pills of MDMA, and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash. Aryan Khan was arrested alongside other others who were present during the raid, including an actor named Arbaaz Merchantt.
The raid on the Mumbai rave party is not the first of its kind in the country. Rave parties have existed in the western world for decades. They have been on the rise and in the headlines multiple times in recent years in India.
What is a rave party?
Rave parties are dance parties dedicated to a particular genre of music known as electronic dance music. Rave parties as they exist now began in the 1990s, when DJs played a range of music at illegal, underground events. Additionally, these gatherings may have live musicians and dancers. Individuals that attend rave events are referred to as ‘ravers.’
Rave parties are defined by extremely loud music with a deep bass sound produced by strong subwoofers and large sound systems, as well as visual displays such as laser shows, image projections, neon signs, and fog machines.
Rave parties can range in size from intimate gatherings in private enclosures and clubs to massive festivals with several DJ lineups and designated dancing areas conducted in big fields and warehouses. These celebrations can last many hours or perhaps a whole 24-hour day. Rave parties sometimes charge ravers extravagant entry fees.
The term ‘rave’ originated in the Middle Ages.
The term rave is said to have originated in 1950s London, where it referred to “wild bohemian gatherings.”
It became a generic term for crazy, out-of-control parties during the next decade, before fading away for a time. It resurfaced in the 1990s with the emergence of the dance music genre.
Drugs used illegally at rave parties
Rave parties are synonymous with extensive use of illegal substances such as cocaine, MDMA, MD, LSD, GHB, cannabis, marijuana, ketamine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Police and narcotics agencies are constantly on the lookout for such events and frequently raid raves to apprehend drug suppliers and disrupt rackets.