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 Mahotsav
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 land.
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 Darbars.
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 monarchs.