Every year around mid February, a grand festival of Indian art and culture is held to commemorate the Nawabi lifestyle and the old Mughal Era charm at Shilpgram, Agra which is just adjacent to the Taj. Artisans, craftsmen, folk artists and classical dancers congregate in this particular place to display their talent, skills and art to the audience, which is no less than a spectacle that is truly worth viewing. Both, local as well as international tourists come to Agra, to witness this vibrant spectacle, which is a display of colors, music, ethnic fashion and classic dance that enthralls the audience. It is mostly handicraft items from different parts of India, that are on sale in this cultural fest, and one can also witness the grandeur and aura of the erstwhile Mughal Empire, that is on full display. Dancers perform classical dance forms like Kathak and Bharatnatyam, which is truly Indian in appeal, and that is what attracts tourists from all over India and the world. The flawless performances of Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers in their traditional attires and costumes is a wonderful sight, as the colorful silk sarees and ghagra cholis, act as an icing on the cake. It is the Kanjivaram silk sarees, churidars and ghagra cholis that the classical dancers wear while performing these dance styles, look awesome in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal.
Rich Colors, Vibrancy and Art on Display
This is one such true Indian festival, where one can witness the best of colorful India, its culture, lifestyle, dance, music, fashion and cuisine that is to be seen everywhere during this 10 day long festival. Every road leads to Agra during this time of the year, as a ‘mini-India’ takes a wonderful shape with artisans, craftsmen and dancers, coming from all over this vibrant and diverse nation. The Bhangra dancers from Punjab, Kathak dancers from Uttar Pradesh, Bharatanatyam performers from Tamil Nadu and a lot more come to Shilpgram, Agra. The colorful silk sarees, churidars, ghagra cholis and salwar kameez of the dancers are like bright colors in the backdrop of the ever beautiful white Makrana Taj. You also get to see the beautiful handicraft items such has Chikankari embroidery from Lucknow, Kantha stitch from Bengal, Zardosi from Agra, bamboo work from Northeast, carpets from Kashmir and zari embroidery from Varanasi,are all on display during this Taj Mahotsav. This time of the year, tourists from all over India come to Agra, and be a part of this wonderful annual festival which is a melting pot of culture, tradition, art and fashion.