Dedicated to: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh
Duration: 10 Days
Time: February - March
Place: Shilpgram, Agra (close to Taj Mahal)
Organizer(s): Uttar Pradesh Tourism
Taj Mahotsav is one of the most cherished cultural festivals of India,
admired by the foreigners and locals alike. Held every year, between
February and March, it is a ten day feast of classical dances, folk art
and light music. This grand carnival takes place in Shilpgram, a place
located very close to the Taj Mahal, Agra. Taj Mahotsav is an ode to the
rich cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh. This special Mahotsav is
organized by Uttar Pradesh Tourism. It is one of the major attractions
for tourists and draws thousands of visitors to Agra every year, from
India as well as abroad.
The major attraction of Taj Mahotsav is the soul stirring performances
by folk artists from various Indian states. The festival is an apt
showcase of the art and artistes of Indian origin and Indian culture.
The brilliant performances by these folk artists cast a magic spell on
the visitors. In Taj Mahotsav, one can experience a profusion of folk
music and dances of Dundelkhand, Nautanki (Drama), Sapera dance of
Rajasthan and Lavani of Maharashtra as well. These dances are performed
just the way they used to be centuries ago.
Apart from folk dancer, Taj Mahotsav also allows guests (from India as
well as other countries and cultures) to peep into the diverse culture
and traditions that have enriched this vast land for centuries.
Traditional handicrafts and art, such as carving on wood and metal, is
displayed. Marble, of course, rules the festivities each year (for
obvious reasons). Mughal Durbar, one of the enchanting attractions of
the bygone era, is reconstructed every year at the festivals, complete
with elephants, camels, drum beaters and all other splendor of that era.
Indian festivities can never be complete without the preparation of
exotic cuisine and it occupies a place in Taj Mahotsav as well. Some of
the best and richest foods of India are available here. Typical cuisines
are specially prepared by some very talented chefs, with delicacies
being prepared from the oldest exponents that were used in the past era.
These dishes are presented in the same way as they were presented
centuries ago, in front of the rulers and royal family of the Mughal
era. Other typical foods of Utter Pradesh are also available in this
Agra and Taj Mahal comes to life during this festival, with a lot of
activities taking place. The whole place looks like a small Uttar
Pradesh market. In this mini market, one can get handicrafts, antiques,
woodwork, ivory work and other famous and special items of Uttar
Pradesh. Exquisite crafts made of marble, 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 and the silk of
Banaras are also widely exhibited during the Taj Mahotsav.