This post was most recently updated on February 3rd, 2019
As I have said in my post (post), Agra just held 27th Taj Mahotsav from 18th Feb to 27th Feb 2018 successfully. This time this enormous carnival had the theme ‘Heritage’, for which my country is known very well. India has many things as a heritage tagged, though they truly deserve. As it was a thematic grand procession which showcases our Heritage things from classical folk dance to the heritage monuments.
This annual extravaganza reveals the rich cultural heritage of the country and unveiled the finest specimen of Indian craftsmanship. For a yearlong, every year the people of Uttar Pradesh not mentioning particularly only this state but I have seen many people from different parts too, wait expectantly for this festival help at Shilpgram.
India is the largest and old continuous civilization, has its name registered in the list of UNESCO Cultural Heritage list, by having the utmost number of sights and things (special thanks to Agra). People from all the parts of this endless world, feel awe for India and they want to visit this country at least for once as the same in the way we want to explore the other countries.
And yes, it made me feel proud on that. Yet, I haven’t seen much things till now but from every now and then I have a lust for exploring them back and forth. The heritage things will never be laying down us, an anecdote from my grand maa, she used to tell me every time.
This 10-day long carnival has the power to put anyone into amusement. This festival comprises of culture, craft, cuisines, and community (sometimes all we need is some doses of vitamin ‘C’). Jokes apart, out of these 10 days, I made it to this festival for three days, but it may vary day times. I had a visit in the late afternoon and one day I had a visit late at night and on last day I had a visit at the peak time.
Every time there was something which tends to think me that I had a visit for the very first time. On one day I saw some aged men were playing the drums with a mint of classical beats and some of them lost themselves in the magical sound produced by the drums. The whole arena was filled with the echoing of the drums. On another day I saw some entertainers, costumed like a horse and they were entertaining the crowd in the best way as they could be.
The experience of this one of India’s biggest carnival was simply amazing and as far as I concern I will going to visit not every (keeping all the necessary things in mind) but many Taj Mahotsav.
As soon as I entered through the main entry with holding a VIP pass (which somehow I managed), there were many stalls which are having many artifacts like Basses, pots, paintings, chandeliers, and many more crafty items.
Some people bargaining over the stuff that they liked and some bought the things which they find necessary. That’s what for which this festival known.
Like every year, Taj Mahotsav spaced a particular area for the Mainstage on which India’s best artists perform various classical folk dance, which seldom not produce a dancing effect in the giant tent (really it was felt be me only). Sometimes or for being a time period not big but recognizable celebrity performed on that stage like some that I witnessed Abhijit Bhattacharya and Palak Muchhal. They both gave grandeur performance just for the sake of entertainment of the public.
Just right after the main stage, there were the stalls of best Mughal cuisines where people have had the best taste so that they could able to satisfy their taste buds. And believe me the taste was really mouth-watering, and until the moment when I swallowed the first bite, the countless time I had to take gulp back in my throat.
There was a thing which attracted me most, there was a stall of books (the only thing which I love the most now), and the thing that attracted me was they were selling books at 200 bucks for one kg, can you imagine one Kg for 200 bucks in INR. Taking the whole advantage of this power I bought 5 books (weighted as 1 kg), thinking that I can pass the half year on them. There was a particular area in which the Northern Indian Railway showcases their every model from the beginning till now, and getting about them was really an outstanding experience for me. When I was wandering in this jamboree I was clearly able to felt that how great our Heritage things are and all this is only due to our ancestors. It forced me to think that we should also do the things on which our upcoming generation will have a proud of them.
The one who said that experiencing is the only way of exploring, undoubtedly had a genius mind because that is the thing which I felt after coming back to den from Shilpgram.
For the very first time, I get to know that India has 8 classical folk dance forms (Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri, and Mohiniyattam) and like this many more thing about our cultural Heritage I got to know.
And focusing on my favorite part, on the opposite side of stalls, outside the arena of markets. There was a huge ground in which there were different types of rides like a giant wheel, roller coaster, gravitron, spinning teacups and many more. I had a ride almost each of them. After seeing this type of rides the kid in me wakes up and he enjoys till the last moment.
Nonetheless, exploration comes after the experience, the more you experience the things smoothly the more you will explore or get exposure. So keep the pace with life and keep focusing on the things which help in living a happy life. Because life is meant to be lived joyfully.