|Taj Mahotsava to begin
Taj Mahotsava, the 10-day
annual festival at Shilpgram near the Taj Mahal will begin Feb 18, promising
a cultural extravaganza featuring international artistes. The theme for
this year will be Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (one world one family). It will
be a grand festival of dance, drama, fun and exposition of local arts and
handicrafts, said Divisional Commissioner S.R. Meena.
Come and enjoy the serenity
of Taj Mahal and the age-old grandeur of the city Agra in the heart of
Uttar Pradesh, at the Taj Mahotsav commencing from Feb 18.
The ten-day long annual
festival extravaganza at Shilpgram near the Taj Mahal promises to take
you back to the Mughal era with a culmination of art, crts, cuisine, music,
dance, which highlights the rich culture and tradition and i. e. certainly
to unravel the glorious history of the era.
The event that attracts
thousands of international tourists every year will also be a platform
for local as well as international artists to showcase their own culture
through music, dance, arts and crafts.
One of the highlights
of the grand fest will be the performance by folk artists accumulating
there from different states of India. As usual folk music, dance, classical
dance, camel race, local games, food festival will be on high during the
Among handicrafts wood
carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other metal ware from Moradabad, handmade
carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow,
the silk of Banares, beautiful Sambalpuri sari and Applique handicrafts
from Orissa are just to name a few that is going to dominate the place.
The theme of this year’s
festival will be “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” which means “one world one family”
symbolizing a cultural unity. Apart from, the organizers have also decided
to institute the Taj Ratna award i.e. to be conferred to eminent artistes.
During this spectacular
festival, tourists can have a view the splendour of the city Agra by visiting
the Red Fort and also the wonder monument Taj Mahal.
The festival organising
committee has decided to institute the Taj Ratna award to be conferred
on eminent artistes.
A British band and a Russian
ballet troupe, in addition to a large number of Bollywood artistes will
be the main attractions.
A new website, www.tajmahotsava.in,
is also being launched to keep people informed about the festival.
District authorities are
using the opportunity to spread awareness in the city about the positive
aspects of tourism.
District Magistrate of
Agra Mukesh Meshram said efforts were being made to "school" auto drivers
and to impart politeness among those from service industry who interact
directly with the tourists.
"The city's image must
change for the better," added Meshram.
Come February and it's springtime!
The time of the year when nature dawns all it's colorful splendour and
Agra bursts into colorful celebrations. For 10 days there is a sheer celebration
of Uttar Pradesh's rich heritage of arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, dance
and music. Yes, it is Taj Mahotsava time again. There are festivities all
around and Agra truly puts on the colors of joy and gets transformed into
one non stop carnival. Organised by Uttar Pradesh Tourism, and held as
an annual event at Shilpgram, literally next door to the Taj Mahal, the
Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of matercraftsmen
and exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it is also a gentle
peep into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wonderful
The festivities commence
with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Bedecked elephants
and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and mastercraftsmen.... all help
to recreate a visual delight reminiscent of the golden era of the Mughal
Taj Mahotsav is where the
legendary artisans and mastercraftsmen breathe life into their exquisite
works of art. Marble inlay apart, the Festival brings forth an array of
other fine crafts as well- wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other
metalwasre from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery
of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow, the silk of Banares... to name a
few. Agra with its legendry tradition of exquisite craftmenship is thus
the ideal venue for holding a crafts fair like the Taj Mahotsav.
At the Mahotsav, be sure
to be a part of the Food Festival. Relish the exotic cuisine's and delicacies
prepared by some of the oldest exponents and the typical preparations from
the interiors of Uttar Pradesh.
Throughout the Mahotsav,
one can experience a profusion of folk music and dances of Dundelkhand,
'Nautanki' (Drama), 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, Lavani of Maharashtra....
performed just the way they used to be centuries ago.
Agra is renowned for it's
breathtaking, centuries old monuments. For experiencing the pomp and glory
of the eras gone by there are classical performances held at these ageless
sites, recreating the splendor and ambience once associated with Mughal